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Did You Think to Pray?: A Timeless Gospel Song by Charley Pride

Charley Pride + Did You Think to Pray
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  • Riley is a Senior Country Music Journalist for Country Thang Daily, known for her engaging storytelling and insightful coverage of the genre.
  • Before joining Country Thang Daily, Riley developed her expertise at Billboard and People magazine, focusing on feature stories and music reviews.
  • Riley has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Belmont University, with a minor in Cultural Studies.

In 1971, Charley Pride took a big step in his career when he released his first gospel song, “Did You Think to Pray,” as part of his album of the same title.  

Charley Pride was the first African American to make a name for himself in country music. He is one of the pioneers of the black community in country music. He has over 29 number-one hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and more than 50 Top Tens. Charley Pride is indeed one of the greatest musicians of all time. 

So let’s now dive right into the meaning behind one of Charley Pride’s greatest hits, “Did You Think to Pray.” 

Meaning Behind the Song

Written by Mary A. Pepper Kidder, the song is simply a reminder for us to pray when life turns dark and dreary. 

This song repeatedly highlights how prayer helps the weary. Surrendering all our problems to the Lord rather than filling our hearts with anger is the only solution we have to live a fulfilling and happy life – after all, God is the only one who can help us overcome all our life’s obstacles. 

Since many listeners can connect with this song, upon its release, it instantly landed the no. 70 spot on the US Hot Country Songs (Billboard), which was a big achievement for Charley, considering not all singers of color received this much attention at the time. 

So, if you are having a rough time navigating your life, check out Charley Pride’s hit gospel song “Did You Think to Pray” to remind yourself that God is someone you can always lean on. 

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