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I've Just Seen Jesus (1985)

Updated: Oct 13, 2023


I've Just Seen Jesus is the sixth studio album by Christian gospel singer Larnelle Harris, released in 1985 on Impact Records. The album is produced by Greg Nelson with Bill Gaither serving as executive producer. It climbed to number 12 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart.


I've Just Seen Jesus became Harris' best selling album and critically acclaimed and won accolades including two Grammy Awards for Best Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group for the title song featuring multi-award winning Christian singer Sandi Patty (they won previously for their performance of "More Than Wonderful" in 1984) and Best Gospel Performance, Male for the track "How Excellent Is Thy Name" at the 28th Grammy Awards. In 1986, Harris won two Dove Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year and Inspirational Album of the Year at the 17th GMA Dove Awards. The following year, "How Excellent Is Thy Name" was named Song of the Year giving to its writers Dick and Melodie Tunney and former Imperials lead vocalist Paul Smith.


CCM Magazine ranked the song "How Excellent Is Thy Name" at number 85 in their 2006 book The 100 Greatest Songs in Christian Music.


Track listing


1. How Excellent Is Thy Name (Paul Smith, Dick and Melodie Tunney) -2:04

2. Amen (traditional; arranged by Alan Moore) -3:10

3. Road in the Wilderness (Claire Cloninger, Ron Harris) -3:27

4. For Unto Us (Dick and Melodie Tunney, Beverly Darnall) -1:48

5. His Grace Is Greater (Greg Nelson, Phil McHugh) -4:58

6. I've Just Seen Jesus (duet with Sandi Patty) (Bill and Gloria Gaither, Danny

Daniels) -5:43

7. God's Kingdom Is What I've Got (Greg Nelson, Bernadette Blount Salley) -2:20

8. Desert of My Days (Gordon Jensen) -4:18

9. Let Freedom Ring (Bill and Gloria Gaither) -5:47


Accolades

Grammy Award -Best Gospel Performance, Male ("How Excellent Is Thy Name")

Best Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group ("I've Just Seen

Jesus" with Sandi Patty)

Dove Award -Male Vocalist of the Year

Inspirational Album of the Year (I've Just Seen Jesus)


Radio singles

"How Excellent Is Thy Name" -#7 Christian CHR, #7 Christian AC

"I've Just Seen Jesus" (with Sandi Patty) -#13 Christian AC


Previous release: The Best of Larnelle (1982) (Word Records compilation)


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