Believe in Him

Believe in Him
Studio album by
Released July 21, 1986
Recorded May – December 1982
Genre Country gospel, Southern gospel, contemporary Christian
Length 27:53
Label Word
Producer Marty Stuart
Johnny Cash chronology
Class of '55: Memphis Rock & Roll Homecoming
Believe in Him
Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town

Believe in Him is a gospel album and 71st overall album by American country singer Johnny Cash, released on Word Records in 1986. It features acoustic arrangements of classic gospel songs.

The tracks were originally recorded in 1982 for a planned album release on the Columbia Records subsidiary label, Priority Records, under the title Johnny Cash - Gospel Singer. This album was cancelled when parent CBS Records shut down Priority, and the tracks remained unreleased until issued as Believe in Him by Word records.[1]

It is notable as the first album of original material to be released by Cash after leaving Columbia Records though, as noted, he originally recorded the tracks for the company. He subsequently signed with Mercury Records.

In 2012, it was released entirely on CD for the first time as part of Bootleg Vol 4: The Soul of Truth, with a different running order which reflected the originally planned running order for the cancelled Johnny Cash - Gospel Singer, and with the addition of four previously unissued outtakes from the recording sessions.[2]

"Belshazzar" had previously been recorded by Cash for Sun Records. The album featured the Cathedral Quartet on background vocals.

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Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[3]

Track listing


  • Johnny Cash – Vocals, Guitar
  • Marty Stuart – Producer, Guitar, Mandolin
  • Earl "Poole" Ball – Piano
  • Hargus "Pig" Robbins – Piano
  • Bob Whitlock – Synthesizer, Organ
  • David Briggs – Synthesizer, Organ
  • Jack Grochmal – Pump Organ
  • W. S. Holland – Drums
  • Kenny Malone – Drums
  • Jimmy Tittle – Bass
  • Bob Wray – Bass
  • Roy Huskey, Jr. – Bass
  • T. Michael Coleman – Bass
  • Joe Allen – Bass
  • Peter Drake – Steel Guitar
  • The Cathedral Quartet – Guest Vocalist
  • Jessie Colter – Guest Vocals on "Rugged Old Cross"
  • Mike Leech – String Arrangements


  1. ^ Gregg Geller, "Producer's Note", Johnny Cash, Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth. Columbia/Legacy Records 88697985382, 2012
  2. ^ Geller
  3. ^ Believe in Him at AllMusic

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