Inductees Archive

Cleavant Derricks

The Reverend Cleavant Derricks was born in 1910 at Chattanooga, Tennessee. He studied at Cadek Conservatory of Music in Knoxville, A & I State University and American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville. At age 21, he directed a gospel choir of more than 100 voices in Washington, D.C. at the Vermont Avenue Baptist Church. Cleavant Derricks counted among his friends many well known artists, one of which was Mahalia Jackson. He pastored churches throughout Tennessee at Dayton, Knoxville and Jackson; also in Beloit, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. Mr. Derricks has many outstanding credits–pastor, church builder, choir director, poet, musician, and composer of note, having written more than 300 songs and several song books. Among his more famous songs are the much-recorded and performed “Just A Little Talk with Jesus”, “When God Dipped His Love In My Heart”, “We’ll Soon Be Done With Troubles and Trials”, and “When He Blessed My Soul”


Induction Year




Chattanooga, TN



  • Cadek Conservatory of Music in Knoxville, TN
  • American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, TN


Significant Songs

  • “Just a little Talk With Jesus” (songwriter)
  • “When He Blessed My Soul” (songwriter)


Publishing Company

Stamps-Baxter Publishing Company.



Masters V singing “Just A Little Talk With Jesus”