At the end of every adult class, we ask our participants, “Are there any songs that have given you inspiration or helped you through a difficult time?” From those suggestions, we have created an almost endless library of uplifting music!
The songs included on this playlist are the most requested and most popular among our participants (and staff!). Listen to this playlist to start your morning off right, when you’re stuck in traffic or when you need a little extra inspiration!
1. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
This is a great song to begin music class. Its message of community and social justice rings true now more than ever.
2. On The Ocean - K'Jon
Participants at Grace House love to wake up to this song before our 8:00am class!
3. Holy - Jamila Woods
Participants at Cook County Jail request this song every single week. Jamila Woods, a Chicago native, sings with such raw vulnerability and strength.
4. Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Don't forget to take a deep breath in before the chorus!
5. I Choose - India.Arie
"I choose to be the best that I can be. I choose to be authentic in everything I do..."
In our classes, we often look at lyrics as we listen and sing along.
6. Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson
... or (WO)man in the mirror! This is one of our participants' favorite songs for self-reflection.
7. Press - Tamela Mann
This song will lift your energy with its strengthening lyrics and soothing beat, not to mention Tamela's incredible voice!
8. Stand - Rascall Flatts
This a favorite of many participants at DuPage PADS, a drop-in center serving individuals currently experiencing homelessness.
9. True Colors - Faith Evans, Kelly Price & Fantasia
A beautiful and mellow cover of Cyndi Lauper's hit, this song was introduced to us by a participant at Grace House.
10. I Smile - Kirk Franklin
We often sing this song during our Day of Reflection retreats, a monthly day-long retreat for individuals in recovery, presented in collaboration with Ignatian Spirituality Project.
11. Ain't No Stopping Us Now - McFaddyen & Whitehead
At the end of class, we use drums or upbeat music to energize participants and finish the class with a positive vibe!
And remember, Bambelela - Never give up!