The Total Experience Gospel Choir recorded the album”Lift Him Up” in 1979. It was released by Savoy Records, a major record label that specialized in jazz and rhythm and blues, and was “Number One” in gospel music. It was the same label that recorded the Rev. Dr. James Cleveland, the “King of Gospel Music”! Savoy often would take a well-known gospel singer and record them performing with different gospel choirs around the country. In the album “Lift Him Up” Savoy paired Rev. Isaac “Dynamo” Douglas with Pat Wright and the TECG. The TECG was the first community-based gospel choir in the Pacific Northwest to record for a major record label.
Savoy had a specialized recording van that would pull up next to the venue (in this case, Mt Zion Baptist Church) and the album would be recorded in front of a live audience and might even include some of the actual church service. It would only take them about one or two months to come out with the finished album.