All of this is fantastic, but there's just one teeny problem. Everybody thinks the song is original to the Bible college of the version they heard. Little do they know that the Bible college group nabbed it from someone else (legally, of course), Pentecostalized the style, and then released it before it went PPH Platinum.
There have been many past examples of this curious phenomenon, but none so egregious as with the song known as "Shackles." Don't act like you ain't heard it. Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance / I just wanna praise Him / I just wanna praise Him/ He broke my chains now I can lift my hands/ and I'm gonna praise Him/ I'm gonna praise Him.
I used to be a part of a praise singing group (more or less) and I cannot tell you how many times we were asked to sing "that song by IBC. You know, 'Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance'?" The times I've heard, "I love that IBC song, 'Shackles!'" are innumerable.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not downing Bible colleges doing versions of other people's songs. At all. I'm not downing their talent, and I'm not hating on Pentecostalizing songs to make them more palatable to Apostolic tastes. All I'm saying is let's get it right. Thinking "Shackles" is original to IBC is akin to thinking "Smooth Criminal" is original to Alien Ant Farm. Okay, maybe not that bad, but you get the idea. The origin of "Shackles" is not IBC Praise as ye suppose. It is the gospel duo Mary Mary.