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I Choose Joy (1992)

Updated: Jul 1


I Choose Joy is the eleventh studio album by Christian gospel singer Larnelle Harris, released in 1992 on Benson Records. The album is a change in sound as Harris incorporates R&B and pop adult contemporary sounds while still retaining his inspirational ballads. Harris wrote and co-wrote a majority of the album with the exception of the track "It's Only Thunder." Harris also released a video album on VHS I Choose Joy featuring six music videos. The album is produced by Lari Goss and Joe Hogue. I Choose Joy peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. Harris was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album at the 35th Grammy Awards and was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year for the track "There Stands the Cost" and Long Form Music Video of the Year at the 24th GMA Dove Awards. Unfortunately, this album is not available on any digital nor streaming platform and is out of print. You can listen to the album on the YouTube link posted below this article.


Track listing

All songs were written by Larnelle Harris, except where noted.


1. I Choose Joy -4:36

2. It's Love (Larnelle Harris, Joe Hogue) -4:22

3. Take the Time (Larnelle Harris, Joe Hogue) -4:45

4. Called to Belong to Jesus (Larnelle Harris, Dave Clark) -5:18

5. Pulling Down the Past (Larnelle Harris, Dave Clark) -4:18

6. It's Only Thunder (David Moffitt, Travis Cotrell) -5:02

7. No Place to Be a Child -4:40

8. In a Way That Matters (My Prayer) -5:25

9. There Stands the Cost (Larnelle Harris, Dave Clark, Lari Goss) -5:00

10. The Best is Yet to Come (Larnelle Harris, Joe Hogue) -4:20


Production credits


Joe Hogue -producer (tracks 1 -3, 5 -7 and 10)

Lari Goss -producer (tracks 4, 8 and 9)


Radio singles

"Take the Time" -#23 Christian CHR, #3 Christian AC

"I Choose Joy" -#1 Christian AC

"It's Love" -#31 Christian AC


Previous release: The Best of 10 Years, Vol. 1 & 2 (1991) (Benson Records compilation)


Listen to the full-length album I Choose Joy here:

Watch the music video album I Choose Joy here:


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