Charlotte's Web: Behind the Song --- “I Am Redeemed”
Composed by Gospel Musician Jessy Dixon, “I Am Redeemed” was released in 1994.
He was born in San Antonio, Texas, where he played his first song when he was 5. He moved to Chicago and James Cleveland discovered him. Cleveland sand and recorded several of Jessy's songs, including “God Can Do Anything But Fail” and “My God Can Make A Way.”
In 1972, Dixon was invited by the organizers of the Newport Jazz Festival to perform his new song, “The Wicked Shall Cease Their Troubling,” at New York's Radio City Music Hall. He and the Jessy Dixon Singers received four encores after his performance, where Paul Simon (of Simon & Garfunkel fame), invited Dixon to become the lead vocalist and share the stage with him on NBC-TV's “Saturday Night Live.”
Along the way, he began touring with Simon across the U.S., France, Canada, Scandinavia, Israel, and Japan, which lasted eight years. At this time, he recorded two albums, “Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin'” and “Still Crazy After All These Years,” which sold a million copies. He also collaborated with Simon for “Wartime Prayers,” which was recorded on Paul Simon's 2006 “Surprise” album.
In addition, he was invited to sing at the Gaithers' “Homecoming” videotaping and became a hit, singing the audience's favorites such as “It's A Highway To Heaven,” “Blood Bought Church,” “The Wicked Shall Cease Their Troubling,” and “I Am Redeemed.” He also appeared in “Black Nativity” with the Jessy Dixon Theater Group.
The song begins with “I am redeemed, bought with a price, Jesus has changed my whole life./If anybody asks you, just who I am, tell them I am redeemed./ Where there was hate, love now abides. Where there was confusion, peace now reigns./I'm walking with Jesus, a child of the King, It's all because I am redeemed.”
When Dixon was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, he fought a valiant battle, but lost it when he died Sept. 26, 2011, in Chicago at the age of 73.
Information provided by Wikipedia and christianrefuge.org.