May 28, 2015

Remembering Andraé Crouch


Remembering Andrae Crouch

From the March/April 2015 issue of Homecoming Magazine
~ By Deborah Patterson ~

Musical giant Andraé Crouch passed away on January 8, 2015, after suffering complications following a heart attack five days earlier. He died surrounded by family at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the Los Angeles area. Andraé was 72 years old.

Often referred to as “the father of modern gospel music,” Crouch was a gifted singer, songwriter, arranger, recording artist, record producer and pastor. Despite a lifelong struggle with dyslexia, his prodigious talent spanned multiple musical genres and reached across cultural, racial and even spiritual boundaries. He was born in San Francisco in 1942, and his giftings became obvious early in childhood. When his father began preaching in a small rural church that had no musicians, Andraé stepped up and began playing for them at age 11. He wrote his first gospel song at 14, and formed his first band (The Cogics) at age 18. He wrote dozens of songs, including the gospel standards “ The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory),” “Soon and Very Soon” and “Through It All.”

Crouch was instrumental in the success of many gospel artists including Jessy Dixon and BeBe and CeCe Winans, and his talent and generous heart earned the respect of musicians in every genre. In addition to his extensive achievements in the gospel world, Crouch worked with icons including Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, the Commodores, Elton John, Ringo Starr and Madonna. Elvis Presley performed his song “I’ve Got Con dence” for a 1972 gospel album, and Paul Simon recorded “Jesus Is the Answer” for a 1974 live album. Crouch also made musical contributions to several films, including The Color Purple, The Lion Kingand Free Willy, and he was the only living gospel performer to be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Throughout his five-decade-plus career, Crouch received nine Grammys, multiple GMA Dove Awards, ASCAP and Billboard awards, an Oscar nomination and many other honors, and he was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2007.



Rambo McGuire Andrae Sandra Crouch

Andraé and Sandra Crouch, Reba Rambo-McGuire, Dony McGuire


Reba Rambo McGuire:

Some gifts are simply forged in heaven.

In 1952 in the middle of a small church gathering, Rev. Benjamin Crouch laid hands on his young son Andraé and asked him, “Son, if God gave you the gift of music, would you use it for His glory all your life?” A painfully shy, prone-to-stuttering Andraé simply answered, “Yes, Daddy.” About three weeks later at the same tiny chapel, the saints were singing a cappella “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Rev. Crouch motioned for Andraé to go to the dusty old upright piano, and somehow the child’s trembling legs obeyed. “My  ngers had never touched a real piano,” Andraé said. “Somehow I found the tonic note, and my ears just popped open. I started playing, just like that, with both hands!  en the little songs began to come … and they never stopped.”

When Andraé was 14 years old, he, along with his twin Sandra and friend Billy Preston, was invited to a cookout with many other artists and songwriters. Andraé, too bashful and intimidated to make his way to the backyard for the party, gazed longingly out the picture window wanting to fit in. “Lord, I wish I could write a real song like so many of these folks can,” he prayed.

From his mouth to God’s ear.

He noticed the host slathering barbecue sauce on the ribs and somehow began thinking about the blood of Jesus. The piano in the open den began to woo him, and within five minutes he had penned his first complete song, “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power.”

So many times, through horrific battles in life, Andraé’s mantra has been, “I plead the blood!”  rough the deaths of his beloved parents and older brother Benjamin Jr., to the physical battles of diabetes, congestive heart failure and multiple bouts of cancer — he has always lifted his unrelenting voice in praise.

Andraé wrote many of his beloved songs right on a stage or platform during moments when he was swept away in worship. He had a way of seeing and hearing Jesus above the noise of the masses and getting lost in intimacy with Him while the heaven-dipped notes and words  owed with abandonment. This African-American kid from the wrong side of the tracks, with no formal musical education whatsoever, ushered millions into the very presence of God. He understood that through it all, to God be the glory for the blood will never lose its power…

This gift was forged in heaven.

Dony McGuire:
I’ve had the honor of knowing Andraé Crouch for the past 45 years. Needless to say, his impact on my life has been immeasurable over the years.

Just after he passed, we were in a Tuesday evening Bible study and decided we would re ect on some of his music as a way of preparing our hearts to receive the Word. When we started singing the chorus to “ rough It All,” tears began to roll down my face as I was taken back 33 years ago to a moment in my life where I had come to realize drug and alcohol abuse was certainly going to get the best of me if I continued down that road.

In what I believe to be the most miraculous moment of my life, I felt the presence of Jesus wash over me and cleanse me of not only the chemicals in my physical body at that particular time, but to cleanse me of the need for them going forward. Since then, there have been so many times I found myself singing these lyrics from Andraé:

I thank God for the mountains,
and I thank Him for the valleys,
And I thank Him for the storms
He brought me through.
For if I’d never had a problem, I wouldn’t
know that God could solve them,
I’d never know what faith
in His word could do.

Through it all,  rough it all,
I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,
I’ve learned to trust in God.
Through it all,  rough it all,
I’ve learned to depend upon His word…

To read the full article from Homecoming Magazine, please click HERE.



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Rambo McGuire recently formed a new publishing company, Songs Of Rambo McGuire/SESAC. This company administers Dony & Reba’s most recent songs and a portion of Dottie Rambo’s catalog previously published under the names New Kingdom Music or Rambo McGuire Music. Please take a minute and visit the Rambo McGuire publishing page where you can find information in obtaining licenses for works owned by Songs Of Rambo McGuire. If you are an artist or group looking for new songs to record, you can also find information on our publishing page about our songs and latest demos.


Reba Songbooks

WOW!  Look what we found in our inventory! A stash of rare, vintage Reba Rambo artist songbooks from 2 of her classic recordings ~ Lady and The Lady Is A Child. There are 20 songs (see list below) and many pictures included in these collector songbooks. You can get both books, which Reba will personally autograph for you, for only $19.95 plus S&H. Take advantage of this opportunity while you can. We have a limited supply and once they’re gone, they’re gone! They are out of print and we will not be able to order any more.  You can indicate how you’d like your autograph personalized in the Note To Seller section at Paypal’s checkout. These books are new and not used.


Reba Rambo SongbooksReba Lady And The Lady Is A Child Songbooks
20 Classic Reba Songs With Many Pictures
Personally Autographed By Reba

Get Both For $19.95
While Supplies Last



The Land Of Ooh’s And Ah’s
Ain’t Givin’ Up Now
Sweet Jesus Peace
Velvet Sunshine Morning
Just As I Am
He Gives Me Joy
Shepherd’s Song
Lift Him Up


All Day Dinner
The Lady Is A Child
Go Ye
Sunshine Saturday
Child Of The Music Maker
Easy To Love Him
Coloring Book
Bending Toward The Sun
Sacrifice Of Praise


Story Behind Songs A Perfect Heart


~ A Perfect Heart ~  
By Lindsay Terry From the book Stories Behind 50 Southern Gospel Favorites Volume 1
Kregel Publications

The Little Lake Song

Psalm 119:9-16

With my whole heart have I sought thee:
O let me not wander from Thy commandments.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
That I might not sin against Thee.

What a thrill for Dony and Reba Rambo-McGuire! They arrived at a large gathering in Zimbabwe, Africa, where thousands of happy Christians sang one of their beautiful songs, first in their native language and then in charming, heavily accented English. Reba reports, “I was so moved that I was reduced to an emotional basket case for a few moments.” That song, “A Perfect Heart,” was born several years before on Center Hill Lake, near Nashville, Tennessee…

The story behind “A Perfect Heart” begins when friends invited the McGuires to vacation with them on their houseboat on a lake near Nashville. They had determined to work diligently on their songwriting during that time, and they did so. They prayed earnestly that the Lord would do something special through them that week. At the end of the week they had completed a number of songs and done some work on a musical. Reba tells the story.

“On the very last morning we were to be on the boat, Dony got up very early to try to catch a catfish for breakfast. He’s an early riser. I was so full of faith in his fishing ability that I proceeded to the kitchen and started to cook bacon and eggs.

“The sun was peeking over the hills and a mist was rising from the water. It was a glorious morning. I looked out of a small porthole and caught a glimpse of Dony with a strange look on his face. Some people come down with a cold, while Dony comes down with a song! I couldn’t explain it, but I knew something good was about to happen. I turned off the burners where I was cooking and removed the food. I gathered our songwriting materials and sat down to wait for him to come in.

“When he came in a few minutes later, he sat down before a small electric piano and began to play. As he played what the Lord was giving to him, I began to write lyrics as they were being given to me. That kind of inspiration had only occurred a few times in our short songwriting career together. It was as if God was saying, ‘You’ve been faithful in your praying and studying for a week, now I’m going to give you something just because I have the power to do so.’ I wrote as fast as I could write while Dony continued to play. We both completed the whole composition and have never changed a word or the musical setting.

“It became our ‘little lake song.’ We used it for a time around our offices as a devotional song and sang it at a few small churches. One day Bill Gaither came by our offices and heard us singing it during one of our devotional periods. He asked where we got it. We told him it was our ‘lake song.’ He expressed such a keen interest in it that Dony made a tape of it for him. That started it on its way.”

And so, several years later, halfway around the world in Zimbabwe, the McGuires heard their “little lake song” being sung by the great host of Africans gathered there.


Morning sun light of creation
Grassy fields of velvet floor
Silver clouds a shimmering curtain
He’s designed a perfect world
I’m amazed at His talents
I stand in awe of one so great
Now my soul begins to sing out
To the source from which it came


Bless the Lord who reigns with beauty
Bless the Lord who reigns with wisdom and with power
Bless the Lord who reigns my life with so much love
He can make a perfect heart
Praise the Lord who reigns in beauty
Praise the Lord who reigns with wisdom and with power
Praise the Lord who reigns my life with so much love
He can make a perfect heart

Lyrics and Music by Reba Rambo-McGuire & Dony McGuire
Copyright 1980 Bud John Songs Inc/ASCAP, Makanume Music/ASCAP, Ooh’s And Ah’s Music/ASCAP
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Story Behind Songs Ordinary Baby

From the November/December 2012 Issue of Homecoming Magazine
~ By Reba Rambo-McGuire ~

Ordinary Baby Youtube Video

Ordinary Baby

He was just an ordinary baby;
That’s the way He planned it, maybe;
Anything but common would have kept Him apart
From the children that He came to rescue,
Limited to some elite few,
When He was the only child who asked to be born,
And He came to us with eyes wide open,
Knowing how we’re hurt and broken,
Choosing to partake of all our joy and pain.

He was just an ordinary baby;
That’s the way He planned it, maybe,
So that we would come to Him
And not be afraid.

He was ordinary with exception of miraculous conception—
Both His birth and death He planned from the start;
But between His entrance and exit was a life that has affected
Everyone who’s ever walked the earth to this day.
With no airs of condescension
He became God’s pure extension,
Giving you and me the chance to be remade.

He was just an ordinary baby;
That’s the way He planned it, maybe,
So that we would come to Him
And not be afraid.

Lyrics: Gloria Gaither Music: Dony McGuire Copyright. © 1982 

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Pregnancy and birthin’ babies is one of the toughest jobs on the planet.

For many years Dony and I struggled with having children: three miscarriages, countless humiliating procedures, experimental fertility drugs and three tedious corrective surgeries. When I miraculously became pregnant with Destiny, we were ecstatic! The earth-mother hiding in me suddenly stood up and took full charge; I nested, ate organic and decided to have natural childbirth … what was I thinking?! 

It’s funny, the surprising moments when God shows up. Some believe that a woman is never more vulnerable or open to the spiritual dimension than she is during childbirth. Many testify of supernatural experiences during this wondrous event of bringing forth new life.

I was 20 hours deep into induced hard labor — I’m talking “wanna cuss your husband” labor. Because I was high risk, there was an amazing medical team assembled along with my family and lots of praying friends. When I was in the height of transition, I was overwhelmed with smell sensitivity; between Dony’s Juicy Fruit gum and Mom’s Giorgio perfume, I thought I would surely die from asphyxiation. The two were quickly banished from the room to get rid of the dreaded aromas when suddenly (and I don’t know how to explain it ’cause I wasn’t on drugs), my spirit popped through an ancient porthole.

I was in a damp, cool, cave-like structure lit only by torches. The smell was pungent, reminiscent of my great uncle Jimmy’s barn of animals and hay. Anyone who has any spiritual sensitivity and has been privileged to witness childbirth remembers the distinct sounds of a woman in various stages of labor. In my vision there were shadowy figures huddled ’round a teenage girl straining with the primal, guttural cries of the unmistakable final pushing of labor.

“By My Spirit, Mary was able to birth the Son of God in the most primitive of conditions,” the Voice whispered. “That same power, My Spirit, is enabling you right now!”

All at once I was back in my hospital room, and with one more push from the deepest depth of strength, Destiny entered through the canal with a flourish of blood and water. I’ve never felt more of God in a room.

As I held our wailing, bright-eyed child, I remembered the day, years before, when Gloria handed Dony a typed lyric, and on the top were the words “Ordinary Baby.”

To continue reading this article, please click HERE.


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Destiny Rambo McGuire Debuts

First Full-Length Recording Project


_MG_5097 (1) Resize MMDestiny Rambo McGuire is a butterfly mermaid: A voice that lilts, dips and soars… mesmerizing with colors, coupled with a deep well of wisdom-words that lure us into unchartered thinking.

When asked about her first full-length recording project, Destiny says, “I envision Journal of a Songstress as a warm handshake, a look in the eyes, a smile with a ‘Hi, I’m Destiny.’ This is who I am: my story, the journal of my life.” She lets us sneak over her shoulder and peer into the otherworld-wonder while bravely confessing the fragile skeletons of secrets. It’s about as honest as it gets.

Journal of a Songstress has been two years in the recording but a lifetime in the making. Destiny began practicing the crafting of story when she was two and collecting words and phrases like a miser hoarding scribbled, dog-eared journals. When she’s composing on the piano, her fingers tend to travel down familiar classical paths but stretch to pluck a sprig of rare foliage along the way. Her poetic and melodic sense is both fresh and ancient.

The long awaited solo début features nine original songs and six carefully chosen gems that pay homage to her musical heritage. “I Just Came To Talk With You, Lord” written by her legendary grandmother the late Dottie Rambo; “He Gave Me Music” and “At Last I Found Love” by her mother Reba Rambo-McGuire; “God, I Need Someone to Talk To” by her father Dony McGuire; and “He Will Provide” by her grandfather Cornelius “Mac” McGuire and Dony. “To All the Poets I Have Known” features the lyrics of Gloria Gaither and musical genius of Dony.

The roster of amazingly talented singers, musicians and creative technicians who caught sight of Destiny’s vision is staggering. She carries a presence that makes other artists eager to collaborate in releasing the mystery.

Journal of a Songstress is a journey best experienced sequentially by candlelight. It will take you by the heart and woo you to infinite summits and fathomless seas. Maybe that’s what butterfly mermaids are destined to do.


Coming December 13

Available For Purchase Now


Cover Draft 15 fixedDestiny Rambo McGuire ~  Journal of a Songstress CD

Click HERE to Download on iTunes



He Gave Me Music Letters To Cinderella (With Nick Britt) • Tree And Me Garden Of Incense He Starts With The End (With Nichole Nordeman)I Just Came To Talk With You, Lord Upside Down Excuse Me, SirYou’re Safe Here To All The Poets I Have Known Condemned Motel • God, I Need Someone To Talk ToOld Lady Grace He Will Provide (With Sonya Isaacs Yeary & Rebecca Isaacs Bowman)At Last I Found Love



Live With Joey RAMBOS

The legendary Rambo family (Buck & Reba along with Dony McGuire and Destiny Rambo McGuire) was recently interviewed on blogtalkradio by Joey Vilchez Nardone from the San Francisco Bay area. He has an online show, Live From The Bay With Joey. The family shared lots of stories and music with Joey, and you can listen to the interview HERE starting Sunday, September 8, at 11 PM Central Standard Time. The interview will be archived so you’ll be able to listen at later dates by clicking on the link.


Story Behind Songs Because Of Whose

~ Because Of Whose I Am ~  
By Reba Rambo-McGuire

Did you ever wonder if God was having a bad day when He made you? Did you ever question the fact that He, The King of the universe, could love you – warts and all? Now maybe you’ve never been guilty of such thoughts but I confess I’ve had to deal with them.

One Sunday afternoon I was blowing up the balloons for my “pity party.” (I’m sure you’ve NEVER had one). I was lying across the bed, crying, feeling very inadequate when I cried out to God.

“How can you love me? I make so many mistakes! Can you show me how you love me?”

I was like a child who cried so hard ’til they’re totally “spent,” and I began drifing off to sleep. Something happened in those next few moments that would forever change my life. I honestly don’t know if it was a dream or a vision, but let me share it with you. I must admit it’s difficult to relate supernatural experiences with natural words, but I’ll try.

Imagine being in a place very similar to the worst famine-ridden desserts of Ethiopia. There were thousands of dark-skinned children lying in the hot, steaming, sun-baked sand. The stench of death was like a sickening fog. Dirty children with large, helpless eyes and bloated bellies were covered with sores and swarming flies.

Suddenly I saw of all people, Princess Di, running among all these dying, starving children. In this vision there was a knowing in me that she was barren. (Now we all know in actual life she and Prince Charles have two sons, but in this instance she was childless). She was searching frantically among the multitudes until she found the child who appeared to be closest to death. She cried out triumphantly, “This is the one! This is the one I choose. This is the Heir!”

Almost instantly a medical staff appeared and began intensive treatment, an I.V. in the arm, shots, even surgical procedures. The child was bathed and nourishment was given, and before my eyes began to blossom. Princess Di smiled, placed a purple robe around the child, and instantly the scene changed and that same child was a little older sitting on a jeweled throne of a palace, smiling.

Then I was awake and trembling. The Father spoke to me and said, “Reba, that’s the way I love you. You were starving, filthy, naked and dying without any hope. But before the foundation of the world, I searched among the the stuff, and I chose you. The stripes upon My Son’s back were for your healing, and His blood bought your redemption. I reached in and took out your heart of stone and gave you a perfect heart. I nourished you on the “chicken soup” of My Word. I laid you to rest on My big feather bed until you were revived and restored. I wrapped you in a robe of righteousness and made you a joint heir with Christ Jesus. I gave you all power and authority. Now you are a son of God. All I have is yours. That is how I love you.”

I lay there sobbing, only this time they were tears of joy. The presence of God filled the room and every fibre of my body. I could actually feel the arms of God around me, and for what seemed like hours, all I could do was weep and whisper, “Abba Father, Abba Father, Abba Father.”

He loves you in the exact same way. Why not take a minute and reflect on what He has done for you? You are His treasure, His joy, His child. Why not crawl up in His arms and tell Him all about it?

I’ll never understand why He saw a piece of clay
And said, “I want it, I’ll use it”
The greatest mystery is that somehow in spite of me
He said, “I’m gonna love you”
He took me in His arms
Said, “This child belongs to me”
He placed me in His Kingdom
Now I live like royalty
It’s not because of what I am
Not because of what I’ve done
It’s because of Whose I am

I’ll never understand while I was yet a slave
He said He’d buy me, He’d save me
He clothed Himself in flesh, became the final sacrifice
So I could know redemption
He took the stripes upon His back
So that I could walk in health
Then He broke the chains of death
Now I can live forevermore
It’s not because of what I am
Not because of what I’ve done
It’s because of Whose I am

My Father is Lord of everything
From here beyond forever
He’s given me His name said if I’d ask anything
He’d gladly give it
He put a robe upon my back
Placed a ring upon my hand
Said the riches of heaven were all mine
It’s not because of what I am
Not because of what I’ve done
But because He first loved me
His grace has set me free
His blood is flowing through my veins
I’m adopted by The King
It’s because of Whose I am

Lyrics and Music by Reba Rambo & Dony McGuire
Copyright 1980 Bud-John Songs Inc. / ASCAP and New Spring Publ. Inc./ ASCAP

You can download Reba Rambo-McGuire’s recording of Because Of Whose I Am HERE.
You can purchase The Lady’s Treasury featuring Because Of Whose I Am HERE.


Story Behind Songs From the March/April 2013 issue of Homecoming Magazine
~ By Reba Rambo-McGuire ~

To All the Poets

To all the poets I have known
Who saw the beauty in
the common place,
Saw Incarnation in a baby’s face,
And in a drop of rain, the stars,
When there was mud and
blood and tears
You sang a song at night
to calm our fears,
You made a moment last
a thousand years,
Thank God for poets I have known.

You go on dreaming after
dreams all fade,
When friends desert, you are
the ones who stayed,
To write the prayers when every
prayer’s been prayed,
You are the poets I have known.

To all the poets I have known
You built a kingdom out of sea and sand,
You conquered armies with
a marching band,
You carved a galaxy in stone,
You built an altar out of bread,
You spent your soul to see
the children fed,
You wove your heart in every story read,
You lovely poets I have known.

You walking wounded of my life
Who bled compassion in
the heat of strife,
Who stood between my heart
and Satan’s knife,
With just the armor of a song.
You are the heroes and the brave
Who with a slender pen
our passions save,
And chisel epitaphs upon the grave
Of all the poets I have known.
Words: Gloria Gaither/Hanna Street Music/BMI / Music: Dony McGuire/Rambo McGuire Music/ASCAP

You can download Destiny Rambo McGuire’s recording of this song HERE.

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There is a price you pay to en-flesh Art.

Gloria Gaither has learned that some lyrics require a lifetime of gathering and incubating words, wisdom, experiences and rhyme before they can be fully formed and birthed into the earth realm.

“To All the Poets” is her passionate and haunting homage to those creative, believing souls who paid the price to see the invisible tugging on heaven’s heart and squeezing its essence into poetic interpretation. It honors and recognizes those daring enough to scale the lofty heights, peer into the unknown, take off their shoes and let us in on the mystery.

Gloria comes from a long line of poets, seekers and other-world women. Her mother Dorothy along with both grandmothers, each in their own unique way, demonstrated the joys of storytelling, dreaming and learning readiness by seizing life moments and awakening the creative muse in young Gloria. All three shaped her… 

To continue reading this article, please click HERE.


Mother's Day 2012

Order the Mother’s Day Package now through the end of May and you’ll receive 3 CDs from 3 generations of Rambo women. That’s right! All 3 CDs for the low price of $19.95 plus shipping & handling! The perfect gift for moms everywhere! Order below…


Dottie Rambo ~ Sheltered CD

I’ve Never Been This Homesick Before • If That Isn’t Love • New Shoes • Tiny • Sheltered In The Arms Of God • Who’s Gonna Teach My Children’s Children • Remind Me Dear Lord • I Just Came To Talk With You Lord • Build My Mansion • I Go To The Rock • Holy Spirit Thou Art Welcome In This Place • I Will Glory In The Cross


Reba ~ The Lady’s Treasury CD (Limited Edition)

Inseparable • Desert Dreams • Because Of Whose I Am • My God Shall Supply All My Needs • We’ve Got The Spirit • He Became Sin • Overshadow Me / Christ In Me • He Can’t Keep His Eyes Off Me • Land Of Ooh’s And Ah’s • A People You Were Not • Party • We Really Can Change The World • Supernatural



Destiny Rambo McGuire ~ Destiny Rambo McGuire CD

Letters To Cinderella • Tree And Me • To All The Poets I Have Known • Condemned Motel • Old Lady Grace • Watchman





Mother's Day PKG 2012Mother’s Day Package  ~ 3 Projects
Sheltered ~ Dottie Rambo
The Lady’s Treasury ~ Reba Rambo-McGuire
Destiny Rambo McGuire ~ Destiny Rambo McGuire