Sharon Jones wrote this gospel song in the 1970s for E.L. Fields' Gospel Wonders, the choir she sang with back then at the Universal Church of God in New York. She recorded her own version with the Dap-Kings in 2007, with the idea of doing an entire gospel record. But sadly, Sharon died of pancreatic cancer on November 18, 2016 before she had the chance to do so. However, the song can be found on Soul of a Woman, the last album Jones recorded before she passed away, which was released a year later.
Speaking to Uncut magazine Neal Sugarman of the Dap-Kings spoke about the recording of the track:
"['Call On God'] was a song that Sharon had written long before she was with the Dap-Kings. Sharon was very involved with her church choir since the '70s. We even re-issued a seven inch they made in the late '70s as E L Fields Gospel Wonders. Many of the people from that record stayed with that choir and are still there today.
One of Sharon's dreams was to record more gospel music and whenever she sang those songs, yes, it always packed a wallop. One thing that added to the impact of that song was that after a memorial service the pastor had for Sharon at their church, the choir came back to the studio in Bushwick and recorded all the backup vocals. It was a very intense moment and there were a lot of tears that you can feel in the track."