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Don Bryantís success writing hits for artists at Hi

Records overshadowed his status as one of the best

soul singers of the 1960s. Born into a Memphis family of 10 children in 1942, Bryant caught the attention of Willie Mitchell singing in a doo wop group. Through Mitchell, Bryantís original song "Is There Someone Else on Your Mind" was cut by the Five Royales, and he signed to Hi Records, releasing his first single in 1964.

Don discovered his real niche as a songwriter in 1972

when Mitchell assigned him to work with new signee Ann Peebles. Bryantís and Peeblesís creative and personal chemistry blossomed into marriage two years later. It also resulted in many of Peebles' signature songs (e.g., "I Can't Stand the RainĒ) and created a demand for Donís material from other Hi stars like Al Green, Syl Johnson, O.V. Wright, and Otis Clay. Meantime, his own recording career flagged and when Hi's heyday ended, Bryant and Peebles both took a hiatus from the music industry, during which time Don found himself drawn to the church.

 

While his songs are still heard everywhere, Bryant has

become committed to the spiritual life. In 2000, he

teamed with Annís long time keyboardist/producer Paul

Brown to cut "Itís All in the Word". The album

highlights Donís anointed talent as a gospel

singer/songwriter and presents 15 tracks of awesome,

powerful testimony. From the passionate soul stirring

melody of Rest Well, to the Mountain moving, Holy

Ghost adlibs on Heís Alright, every note on this recording was seasoned with a sanctified soul-drenched spirit.

 
 

 

 

ITíS ALL IN THE WORD

(feat. Leon Griffin)
 

HIGHER IN THE SERVICE

(feat. Jericho)
 

IN MY FATHERíS HOUSE

(feat. Howard Grimes & Pete Mendillo)
 

DOING THE WORK OF THE LORD

(feat. Ann Peebles & Jeff Adams)
 

THEREíS MORE

(feat. Greg Norris)
 

MY GOD

(feat. Larry Dodson)
 

HIGHEST PRAISE (INTRO)

(feat. Sis Barbara Cole & Shirley Russell)
 

HIGHEST PRAISE

(feat. The Saints of Carnegie)
 

REST WELL (BRAVE SOLDIER)
 

HEíS ALRIGHT Pt. I
 

HEíS ALRIGHT Pt. II
 

SOLDIER Pt. I
 

SOLDIER Pt. II

(feat. Niki, Liza & The By Faith Youth Choir)
 

SOLDIER Pt. III

(feat. Tamiko Jones & Nika)
 

FINALE

(feat. Leon Griffin)

 

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