October 8

Reminiscing Elvis Presley’s Gospel Artistry, “I Asked the Lord”

In our life, we always get disappointed especially if our request was not granted.  In spite of this, we need to understand that sometimes we don’t get what we want because the Lord has better plans for us. It’s just a matter of waiting for the right place and time.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11 

“The King of Rock and Roll”

Elvis Aaron Presley was also regarded simply as the “King.” He is one of the most significant cultural icons of all time. Thus, he’s musicality is incomparable, he’s good in acting too.  Indeed, he is known internationally and became an inspiration to other rising superstars. Despite the fame that he achieved, Elvis Presley had a rough time growing up. His daddy had no stable job and they relied on the Government for food assistance and help from neighbors.

Likewise, when he started attending school, he was often bullied by his classmates. His shy type personality and closeness to her mother was labeled by his classmates as “Mama’s Boy”.  As he grew up he started to change. Nowadays, maybe we can call him the “Boy Next Door.” Well, you know what I mean. His teenage years had a great impact on his music taste, especially when he listens to Jake Hess, a Southern Gospel singer who influenced his ballad style.

“The Other Side of the King”

Furthermore, we all know Elvis Presley with his energized interpretations of the songs but he has a soft side too. During his career, he also recorded some gospel songs and in fact,  he had his first Grammy Award for Best Sacred Performance in releasing the Gospel Album How Great Thou Art in the 60’s. As Dave Marsh said,

 “Presley was arguably the greatest white gospel singer of his time and really the last rock & roll artist to make gospel as vital a component of his musical personality as his secular songs”.

Also, another underrated gospel song is entitled “I Asked The Lord.” This song has a lot of feelings and soul. Also, it concentrates on thanking the Lord for the blessings and the guidance that he received from our Creator. In my opinion, it is a nice song that purely exalts the Lord.

In times of trouble and doubt all we need to do is ask for His guidance and presence. He will always be there for us and he will never leave our side.

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

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Elvis Presley, I Asked the Lord, The King of Rock and Roll

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