Inspirations’ “If You Only Knew” hits #1

Singing News just posted their November 2007 radio airplay chart. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is broken and has been removed.] The Inspirations’ song “If You Only Knew” is at the top spot. Evidently, it’s not just the fans that like the Inspirations; radio program directors must as well, with all the airplay their songs receive.

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  1. IN MY OPINION THE INSPIRATIONS ARE THE MOST RESPECTED GROUP IN THE SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC INDUSTRY.TO BE AT THE TOP OF YOUR PROFFESSION FOR OVER FOUR DECADES IS TRULY REMARKABLE.I ENCOURAGE ANY ONE OUT THERE TO GO SEE THESE MEN IF YOU HAVENT BEFORE.IF YOU KNOW THE PHRASE (my cup runneth over )YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANS WHEN YOU ATTEND ONE OF THERE CONCERTS.YOUR HEART WILL TRULY BE BLESSED.

    I RECENTLY ATTENDED A SINGING AT A CHURCH NEAR DAYTON OHIO.THE INSPIRATIONS WERE SINGING THERE THAT NIGHT AND IT BECAME KNOWN MIDWAY THROUGH THE EVENING THAT THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THEM BEING THER THAT NIGHT WAS A YOUNG MAN WHO I WOULD GUESS TO BE ABOUT TWELVE YEARS OLD.THE PASTOR OF THE CHURCH MADE THIS KNOWN.DURING THERE PERFORMANCE THE INSPIRATIONS HAD THIS YOUNG MAN COME UP ON STAGE TO SING A SONG AND IT BROUGHT THE COGREGATION TO THERE FEET AS THEY SANG THERE SONG WITH THIS YOUNG MAN AND YOU COULD SEE THE TEARS ROLL DOWN HIS FACE FROM PURE JOY.IT WAS A NIGHT TO REMEMBER AND I WISH YOU ALL COULD HAVE BEEN THERE.

    • Yes indeed you are right about this group. I’ve been saved 25 years and they are the the best of the best and I believe they live what they sing.

  2. THis song has blessed my heart for the past several weeks. I hear it every sunday morning on 104.7 in birmingham al. See my husband was diagnosed with a Brain Tumor on Feb. 19, 2007. My daughter was to get married in sept and in her last semester of nursing school. We rushed to get everything moved to June 1 as the doctors said he would make it till then. Well God had another plan, He took him on April 18, 2007. Although we made it through her graduation and wedding and my son stepped up and gave her away in honor of his dad’s wishes. This song has made me feel that John talks to me everytime I hear it. I know he is in a better place and when I start to church on sunday or just get to thinkning about him somehow this song come on the radio. It is a wonderful song and has a tremendous meaning to me.

  3. I heard the song tonight for the first time on The Gospel Greats called
    “If You Only Knew” sung by the Inspirations. I was wondering if you could tell me the songwriter’s name. I would like a copy of the words until I can get the CD. This song is just what the Great Physician ordered!

  4. The song is written by Craig Edwards. Unfortunately, since the lyrics are copyrighted, I cannot legally post them here.

  5. Where can I buy a cd or cassette of ‘If You Only Knew’? A very close friend of mine just lost his 16 year old son, not by sickness, but he was hit and killed by a driver that had been drinking heavily. The funeral will be this Saturday and I just heard this song and it is so beautiful. Joey was a good, Christian young man that loved the Lord and witnessed to others. He touched my heart so profoundly. Thank you.

  6. It can be found on several websites, including http://www.christianbook.com; I emailed you a direct link to the CD.

  7. My sister brought this CD knowing I lost my dear husband with cancer right before Christmas in 2005. This song is beautful and I cry everytime I hear it as its so true. God Bless

  8. i would like to know the name of the cd of the inspirations song if you only knew

  9. MY SISTER JUST WENT TO MEET THE LORD, ON DECEMBER11,2009, and I HEARD YOUR SONG , IF YOU ONLY KNEW, I WANT YOU TO KNOW, THIS SONG BROUGHT GREAT PEACE TO ME, I HEARD IT ON THE ENLIGHTEN RADIO CHANNEL, THANK YOU FOR SUCH A GREAT SONG .

  10. My lovely wife, Brenda Shubert Portzer introduced me to The Inspirations in 1999. She was cousin to Marlin Shubert,
    former bass singer with the group. Our last mutually pleasurable concert was the “Night Before Easter”. Little did we know that the Lord would call her home after unbelievable pain in the following Nov. 2008, losing the battle to our surprise to pancreatic cancer as was revealed to us within three days of her
    passing. Thanks to all the group for what you meant to her…and me.

  11. Brother Craig Edwards wrote this song shortly after his grandson drowned in June of 2006. Brother Edwards, if you have never heard him preach, is a Godly man and still preaches Heaven down and doesnt try to suguar coat or water his sermons down like a lot of preachers does today. If you have never heard him preach, you need to. Like the late great George Younce said “If it doesn’t light your fire, your woods wet”

  12. I would love to buy some of your CD’s the one with the song “If You Only Knew”

  13. Feb. 1st 2011 We lost our son to Muscular Dystrophy. He fought a hard battle with this disease. We watch him go from a 195 young man to 87 pounds. His Muscles began to die, he was on feeding tube and the disease rob him of his voice. He was confine to a power chair and then in his last days he was in bed fighting pneumonia. After many days of unbelief that he was gone and looking for answers as of why, I heard this song on the radio and I feel like the Lord was saying to me He is ok I would like to know who wrote this song and to let them know what it has meant to me.
    Our son live to be 46 yrs old and he also had been married for a little over 5 years. We are thankful he knew the Lord.