Some popular songs by gospel singer James Cleveland include "The Love of God," the song which garnered notice for him within the gospel music industry, and "Peace Be Still," a recording that sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Other popular songs include "The Lord Is Blessing Me Right Now," "Two Wings" and "Heaven That Will Be Good Enough for Me." He recorded music on his own and with several groups, including The Gospelaires, The Caravans, The Gospel Chimes and The Gospel All-Stars.
Cleveland rose to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s, winning the Grammy Award for Best Solo Gospel Performance in 1975 and being nominated for the Soul Train Music Awards Best Gospel Album twice, in 1989 and in 1992. Additionally, he won Grammys in 1980 and 1990 for Best Traditional Soup Gospel Performance and Best Gospel Album by a Choir or Chorus, respectively.
Notably, when Cleveland died in 1991, his cause of death became a source of dispute, with some saying that he died from congestive heart failure and other saying he succumbed to AIDS. His estate, valued at as much as $6 million, also came into controversy, with claims being filed by alleged adopted and biological children and a former foster child who claimed that Cleveland infected him with HIV during sexual abuse.