Beyonce’s Mother Tina Knowles Reveals One of Her Favorite Gospel Songs Is Richard Smallwood’s “Total Praise”

(PHOTO: REUTERS/OLIVIA HARRIS) U.S. singer Beyonce Knowles (R) holds hands with her mother Tina Knowles on the catwalk after the launch of their first collection, The House of Dereon, at Selfridges September 17, 2011.
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U.S. singer Beyonce Knowles (R) holds hands with her mother Tina Knowles on the catwalk after the launch of their first collection, The House of Dereon, at Selfridges September 17, 2011.

Just weeks before attending Super Bowl 50 with her pop superstar daughter Beyonce, Tina Knowles-Lawson was in church giving total praise while listening to one of her “favorite” gospel songs.

During the worship portion of a church service held at St. John’s Houston, Knowles took a few seconds to shoot an Instagram clip of the worship band singing and playing to Richard Smallwood’s 1996 song, “Total Praise.”

“One of my favorite church songs : ‘lift Your Hands in Total Praise,'” Knowles posted along with a clip of the entire church with hands lifted in worship.

“Total Praise” has become a staple song in gospel music, being covered by many churches and choirs throughout the years. In 2001 when Destiny’s Child was looking to do a gospel medley for their album “Survivor,” the Washington Post reported that Michelle Williams suggested “Total Praise” to fellow group members Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland. Although they did not cover the complete song, the girls used Smallwood’s “Amen” chorus as the final part of their gospel medley.

“Total Praise” is based on Psalm 121, in which King David wrote about relying on God during his most difficult times. “I lift up my eyes to the hills, From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth,” the psalm reads.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Jeannie Law