The Upper Room is Playing My Songs!

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The Upper Room is Playing My Songs!

The Upper Room is Playing My Songs!

The Upper Room: a gospel jazz band is playing my  songs!

Faith Walk

All songs by Taurus M. James and The Upper Room
All songs � 2003, Taurus M. James (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.
10 songs.

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The Upper Room is Playing My Songs!

The Upper Room: A Gospel Jazz Band is where I perform as a drummer working together with Curtis Price (guitar), John White (bass), Marco Munoz(sax) and Deron Hutchinson (keys) to create some of the hottest Gospel Jazz.

I contributed three original songs (I.T.N.O.J., I.T.N.O.J.2: The Suffering and L.I.G.H.T.) to Faith Walk, our debut album. I also co-wrote, arranged and co-produced most of the remaining tracks on the project. Release Pending.

The Upper Room: a gospel jazz band

All songs � 2004 Taurus M. James (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.


You can listen to the original version of I.T.N.O.J. here on this site and compare it to The Upper Room version. I changed the arrangement to fit the character of T.U.R., which is a five-piece band. I kept the simplistic theme and melody of the original, but livened the track up with changes in the bass pattern in the second verse and the addition of marimba phrasings.

I.T.N.O.J.2: The Suffering

I literally composed this song on the spot during a rehearsal session using The Upper Room as my live instruments. I started with the idea of a complete remix of the original song, but I only wanted a tiny hint of the original to come through near the end. I intentionally developed the song with longer and slower movements to progressively build up to the voicing of the original chorus as the climax. I developed the dramatic and emotional ending with the Passion of The Christ in mind (before the movie).


This song originated from a letter I wrote expressing my gratefulness for the relationship I have with Christ. I developed the letter into lyrics, originally for someone else to sing. I didn't find a singer to voice the words like I wanted, so I decided to do the lyrics myself.

I was very reluctant to contribute this song, because of lot of personal reasons. For one, it is a very personal/intimate song for me, and it means more to me than any song I've written. Nonetheless, the members of T.U.R. convinced me to add L.I.G.H.T. to the Faith Walk project.

Chatter To Change.

I co-wrote this song with Curtis and John of T.U.R. This songs originated from a 'jam session' in which I just started playing a drum rhythm and John picked up a bass line. Curtis joined in with some guitar riffs to set up the foundation of the song. The story I had in mind for this song was a dialog between two people about the need for change. The story stuck.


I came up with the arrangement of this old Negro spiritual to contrast the original and reflect the creativeness and musicianship of T.U.R.


The Upper Room's interpolation of the gospel hymn, Amazing Grace, is one that I arranged.

Jesus Loves Me

Another track on the Faith Walk project that I helped in arranging.

Listen and enjoy!

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What People Are Saying

Sergion - Poland
HI!! its again me... i checked Your web again after long time.. and im really happy that i did it!! your new songs... ARE MORE THAN AMAZING!! when i listen Your music... i feel like ... (impossible to write how i feel) but i love this feeling... very thx You for Your music... im going to listen it all time smile :) greetings from Poland my friend wink ;)
gospa rap theme records - na
hey the banging beats man..even the remix to lean back, and the song how we do it...keep it up for god god bless...peace G.R.T productions
Adolfo - USA
Man...All I can say is WOW!!! I can't believe what you have here! I am deeply moved by what you create and thank you so much for sharing! Awesome!
Marina Muravyeva - na
Hi Taurus, Thank you for your comment about "Silence. I like your "Heartwashed"! Very nice sound and music. Marina
Judy &Curtis Price - USA
We are so proud of you and all that you do. It is good to know that God gets the Glory in all you do.
We are looking forward to the day that we will be able to do something.
I am working on a couple of things.
One being 'The woman, The Baby, The Word' It is deep.
Looking forward to hearing great things
from you.
Love to the family
Momma Judy & Curt
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