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So Glad I Know (1986)

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So Glad I Know is the ninth studio and first Gospel album by American R&B singer Deniece Williams, released in 1986 on Sparrow Records. Produced by Brad Westering.


This is Williams' first full-length gospel album. On Williams' previous albums, she would include a gospel song, such as "Whiter Than Snow" from Let's Hear It for the Boy and "Miracles" from Niecy. Those two songs and many others from previous and subsequent releases would be compiled into an album of gospel material called From the Beginning (1990). One of the gospel tracks, "They Say," was originally from Williams' 1983 album I'm So Proud, featuring a duet with Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire. A new version was recorded for this album, but this time, with American Christian singer Sandy Patty.


So Glad I Know climbed to number 6 on the Top Christian Albums and number 7 on the Top Gospel Albums charts in Billboard magazine. In 1987, at the 29th Grammy Awards, Williams won two Grammy Awards for Best Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group for the track "They Say" with Patty and Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female for her rendition of the gospel hymn "I Surrender All." And at the 3rd Annual Stellar Awards, Williams won Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year and "I Surrender All" was named Song of the Year. Westering was named Producer of the Year for So Glad I Know. Williams was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year at the 1987 Dove Awards. The album is currently out of print and is not available digitally. A YouTube link to listen to the album is posted below this article.


Track listing


1. Just in Time (Russ Hollingsworth, John Rosasco) -3:49

2. Wings of an Eagles (David Flaherty) -4:58

3. My Soul Desire (Mark Baldwin, Niles Borop) -4:14

4. They Say (duet with Sandi Patty) (Terri McFaddin, Skip Scarborough) -5:20

5. Straight Ahead (Deniece Williams, Richard Souther) -4:10

6. So Glad I Know (Deniece Williams, Jay Gruska) -4:05

7. I Surrender All (Judson W. Van DeVenter, Winfield S. Weeden) -4:13

8. If We Are The Light (Deniece Williams, Michael Peterson, Billy Smiley) -3:44

9. What You Do for Me (Deniece Williams, Chaka Khan, Kathy Wakefield, Tony

Maiden) -3:57


Accolades

Grammy Award -Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female ("I Surrender All")

Best Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group ("They Say" with

Sandi Patty)

Stellar Award -Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year

Song of the Year ("I Surrender All")

Producer of the Year (Brad Westering for So Glad I Know)


Radio singles

1986 "My Soul Desire" -#3 Christian AC

1986 "So Glad I Know" -#14 Christian CHR, #5 Christian AC

1987 "They Say" (with Sandi Patty) -#1 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC

1987 "Wings of an Eagle" -#6 Christian CHR, #4 Christian AC



Listen to the album So Glad I Know here:


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