God He's Able
Legendary, award-winning organist Rev. C.E. Hodges performed and/or written songs for a plethora of artists that include Al Green, Willie Mitchell, Syl Johnson, O.V. Wright, Tom Jones, Bonnie Raitt and Toni Braxton. Hodges, along with his older brothers Leroy and Mabon (Teenie) were an integral part of the late Willie Mitchell house band, Hi Rhythm Section when Mitchell served as an artist/songwriter/producer for the now defunct music label, Hi Records. Hodges has returned to the studio to produce this traditional Gospel album with a new school twist. Recognized as one of the premier organists in the world, Hodges has been using his talents to entertain and bless others since he was 11 years old. The majority of his career was spent creating hits for others through his musicianship and songwriting. He has been credited with helping to create the signature Soul sound that originated from Memphis, TN in the 60's and 70's. He sometimes reminisces about his time at Hi Records when he and his band mates created 26 consecutive gold and platinum records. He also played for several Stax Records artists such as Johnny Taylor, Little Milton, The Bar-Kays, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, The Box Tops, Shirley Brown, The Soul Children, and ZZ Hill. Hodges first solo CD, Take It to the Altar, was released in 2005. Now, with the assistance of his friend Rev. Frank E. Ray, Jr., Hodges has put together, God He's Able, a traditional Gospel album he describes as a message from God through song that's meant to encourage and give hope. God He's Able contains 12 songs, three of which were on his first album but have been re-recorded and enhanced. Ten songs were written by Hodges and the CD also contains soul-stirring renditions of the hymns "Blessed Jesus" and "Down By the Riverside." Evangelist Deborah Gatewood, Tiffany Mosley, Sierra Ward, Essie Street, and Rev. Willie Cole also lent their vocals to the project. "I've been blessed to play for some of the most prominent artists in the world. I've stood beside them as they entertained audiences of thousands here in the United States and across the seas," said Hodges. "I know what it feels like to be at the top and because of my past drug abuse, I've been at the bottom. I lost everything but the Lord told me he'd give it all back to me if I lived my life for him. I did that and he kept his promise. Even in my 60's people are still requesting to hear me play. If there's anything I've learned it's that God's Able."