MUSIC REVIEW: J. J. Hairston – I See Victory

J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise - I See VictoryJJ Hairston & Youthful PraiseI See VictoryLight Records (October 28, 2014)www.lightrecords.com By Bob Marovich   Recorded at the First Cathedral in Bloomfield, Connecticut, I See Victory is the seventh live CD for JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise and, with seventeen tracks, the group’s most ambitious release to date. The choir, perhaps best known for the gospel hit,…
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MUSIC REVIEW: Nick Hill – Clear Direction

nickhill_cleardirection_550One of the latest CD projects to earn my attention and approval is the recent release by Independent recording artist and music  minister, Nick Hill.   The album is called, Clear Direction.  This ambitious debut album from the Flint, Michigan native is a carefully crafted collection of songs made with the modern Christian in mind. It's contemporary, it's…
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MUSIC REVIEW: Michelle Williams – Journey To Freedom

Michelle Williams - Journey To FreedomWe're living in times where people are feeling imprisoned by so many things in life. They are wondering whether it's too late for them or if they will ever be able to see their way out of the situations they are facing.   Taking all of that into consideration and her own journey in life…
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MUSIC REVIEW: Kevin LeVar & One Sound – Destiny: Live at the Dream Center & More

Kevin Levar & One Sound : Destiny! Live at the Dream Center & MoreTalented musician Kevin LeVar isn’t your average gospel artist by any means.  On his second album, Destiny! Live at the Dream Center and More, LeVar & One Voice deliver an inspirational effort that transcends gospel in its truest sense, incorporating elements of various musical genres.  LeVar’s adventurousness pays off big, as Destiny! Easily ranks among…
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MUSIC REVIEW: Tasha Page-Lockhart – Here Right Now

Tasha Page-Lockhart - Here Right NowSunday Best season six winner Tasha Page-Lockhart spills the contents of her life onto her new CD Here Right Now, and her life struggles and victories are sure to please even the most discerning listener’s ear. Yes she’s had struggles in her life, and no she’s not perfect but despite the sexual and drug abuse she…
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MUSIC REVIEW: Smokie Norful – Forever Yours

smokienorful_foreveryoursOne of gospel music’s smoothest, yet dynamic voices belongs to no other than Grammy-winner, Smokie Norful.  A true soldier for the lord and nothing short of tremendous beacon within gospel music, Smokie Norful's albums always deliver.  The highly anticipated Forever Yours proves no different from the rest – it’s “Um Good.”   “Mighty God” energetically…
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MUSIC REVIEW: Kierra Sheard – Graceland

Kierra Sheard - GracelandContemporary gospel artist Kierra “KiKi” Sheard returns following a three-year hiatus with her latest studio album Graceland.  Throughout Graceland, the production matches the sound of modern pop, including cues from contemporary R&B, hip-hop, and electronic.  Why stylistically the youthful Sheard is progressive, vocally, she retains the description of a powerhouse vocalist, suited for gospel by…
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MUSIC REVIEW: Trin-i-tee 5:7 – According To Chanel

Trin-i-tee 5:7 - According To ChanelTrin-i-tee 5:7 According To Chanel is the first solo project and best artistic expression to date by Chanel Haynes-Schwartz, one of the founding members of Trin-i-tee 5:7, the all-female Gospel group that bursted on the musical scene back in '99 on GospoCentric Records, with their smash hit single, God's Grace, produced by the infamous R Kelly, featuring Chanel and her groupmates, Angel Taylor and Terri…
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MUSIC REVIEW: Kenny Lewis & One Voice – The Way Of Escape

Kenny Lewis & One Voice - The Way Of EscapeFor Gospel music fans in search of rich musicality and incomparable spirituality weaved into one seamless CD, look no further. Kenny Lewis & One Voice deliver an above par performance on their latest disc entitled, The Way Of Escape.     Kenny Lewis & One Voice are an elite ensemble of seasoned singers from Chicago, Illinois, widely regarded as…
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MUSIC REVIEW: Anita Wilson’s VINTAGE WORSHIP is a Lyrical Love Letter to God

Anita Wilson - Vintage WorshipHard to believe that it was two years ago that Grammy-nominated recording artist Anita Wilson made us all “Speechless” with her debut WORSHIP SOUL.  Now in 2014 with VINTAGE WORSHIP she has crafted a spiritual love letter to God capturing the essence of various genres, sharing a message of God’s love and His faithfulness. With…
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