“I’m not a soul gospel singer. I’m a mood singer and the mood I most like to display is the love and gentleness of Jesus.”--Danniebelle Hall, 1978
As the voice at the forefront of Andraé Crouch & The Disciples classics “Take Me Back,” “Tell Them,” and “Soon and Very Soon,” Danniebelle Hall’s distinctive voice made an immediate impression on listeners around the world. She emerged from the group as an artist in her own right, introducing compositions such as “Ordinary People,” “Love Made Me Do It,” and “What Kind of Love Is This,” songs inspired by the lessons learned in her spiritual journey. She bridged the sounds of the Black church with contemporary Christian music, fusing them with elements of jazz, soul, adult contemporary, and world music. She connected so deeply with her audience, she joined the ranks of artists who needed only to use their first name. She was unmistakably Danniebelle, inspiring another generation of artists like Take Six, Babbie Mason, Billy & Sarah Gaines, and countless others with her introspective and deeply personal style.
Utilizing passages drawn from an unpublished manuscript, her journals and tape recordings she intended to finish her autobiography, God Uses Ordinary People tells the story of Danniebelle’s humble beginnings in East Liberty, Pennsylvania and her rise to national acclaim as a lead vocalist in Andraé Crouch & The Disciples, which opened the door for her ministry as a solo recording artist. She relays the mountaintop experiences of her ministry along with the valleys of life’s challenges in her marriage, career, and physical health. Her daughter, Cynthia, adds biographical narrative to Danniebelle’s writings, crafted from interviews with family members, concert promoters, artists, and ministers who knew and loved Danniebelle Hall, giving the world a glimpse of the heart of this prophetic forerunner who transcended racial, cultural, and musical boundaries.