This limited deluxe edition of Hello Fear features a bonus CD of 6 Kirk Franklin classics!
With his new release Hello Fear, Kirk Franklin continues to prove why he is the top selling urban Gospel act of all time. Once again he delivers an array of spectacular music for Gospel music lovers young and old. His album challenges believers everywhere to stop, turn around, and face whatever fear might be hiding in their lives. Kirk delivers his signature songs as only he can -- "Before I Die" is a rousing chant with a go-go beat that's sure to be a hit with the younger generation; "I Am" is a soaring ballad with beautiful melodies; and "I Smile" is classic Kirk, a mid-tempo R&B laced track that is sure to become a universal anthem. And, as only he can, Kirk bridges the generation gap as well. He teams up with Gospel luminaries Rance Allen, Beverly Crawford and Marvin Sapp, then flips the switch and partners with newcomer Mali Music. Once again, Kirk Franklin has managed to tap into the pulse of what's on people's minds and set it all to music. So get ready to say Hello to a project that's destined to take the world by storm!
1. Hello Fear
2. The Story Of Fear
3. Before I Die
4. I Am
5. But The Blood
6. Everyone Hurts
7. I Smile
8. Give Me (featuring Mali Musi)
9. Never Alone Interlude
10. The Altar (featuring Marvin Sapp & Beverly Crawford)
11. Something About The Name Jesus Pt. 2 (featuring Rance Allen, Marvin Winans, John P. Kee & Isaac Carree)
13. The Moment #1
14. The Moment #2
15. A God Like You
2. Imagine Me
3. He Reigns / Awesome God
4. Something About The Name Jesus
5. Why We Sing
6. Now Behold The Lamb
Manufacturer: Sony Legacy
Brand: Provident Distribution Group
Description: Multiple Stellar Award-winner, Grammy-nominee, and perennial gospel music favorite, Marvin Sapp, has succeeded in establishing himself as one of the most recognizable voices in gospel music. Sapp declared himself "not a singer who can preach, but rather a preacher who just happens to sing," and he does both with the case of Thirsty. For Thirsty, Sapp teamed up with producers Aaron Lindsey, Myron Butler, his choir Levi, and New Breed. The cd was recorded live, before a capacity crowd.
Not even the staunchest music skeptic expected A Piece of My Passion, Juanita Bynum's third album, to become the gospel smash it did in 2006. The two-disc set topped Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart for weeks, and it wasn't long until Bynum scored for herself her first gold album. It was an impressive feat no matter how you looked at it: Bynum's day job isn't music, the album was released independently, and there was no blockbuster marketing plan behind it. Instead, the flocks who bought A Piece of My Passion did so based on Bynum's multimedia appeal: she's a self-proclaimed prophetess, best-selling author, speaker, televangelist...and now bona fide contemporary gospel singer. But the thing with Passion is how little of it actually is gospel music. Opener "Break Forth Praise" reminds one of a Sunday morning shout session all right, but from there on out the album takes a dramatic turn. Unexpectedly, Bynum turns into an adult contemporary balladeer, as one song after the next consists of sumptuous, densely orchestrated pop numbers large on sentiment and zeal -- think "Wind Beneath My Wings"-era Bette Midler gone inspirational. Curiously, many of the songs come from unlikely sources, like "Above All Else," a song written by U.K. worship leaderVicky Beeching but attributed mistakenly to CCM-er Rebecca St. James in the liner notes (on a similar note, some songs penned by Hillsong Australia songwriters are credited to Hillsong, not to the songwriters themselves). This adds sloppiness to a set that, while heartfelt, it's ultimately too long and overdone to the point of exhaustion. A Piece of My Passion probably makes for a decent post-conference souvenir for those lining up to see Bynum, but in practice, it's far from being the homerun its chart positioning lets on. ~ Andree Farias, Rovi
Sting: Mercury Falling! TRACKS: 1. The Hounds of Winter; 2. I Hung My Head; 3. Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot; 4. I Was Brought to My Senses; 5. You Still Touch Me; 6. I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying; 7. All Four Seasons; 8. La Belle Dame Sans Regrets; 9. Valparaiso; & 10. Lithium Sunset.
Just Love By Monica Watkins, contributing editor, GospelMusicChannel.com Once again, Music World Entertainment is flexing their Gospel music muscle with debut artist Brian Courtney Wilson's Just Love. Don't let your ears be fooled; it's not the O'Jays singing on track one, the title track of the CD. But Just Love reveals a bit of Wilson's personality, musical influences and his history, as he sings of his appreciation for his church in Houston, Texas. While the track isn't a guaranteed favorite, it does stir up curiosity regarding what else Wilson may have to sing about. A well-crafted blend of pop, jazz, and R&B, all pretty standard sounds in urban Gospel, the project weighs heavy on the ballad end of the scale, but it's probably for the best. Wilson's mature, R&B style vocals seem to slide into the soulful tunes more comfortably. Some true notables are the Tommy Sims' masterpiece, "Simply Redeemed," a powerful worship ballad "Almighty God," and the gospel friendly first single, "All I Need." It's easy to guess what music Wilson grew up on, as the influence is evident throughout the project. His throwback sound may well work for or against this artist, but only time will tell. In the meantime, Just Love is certainly a satisfying debut. In a review of JUST LOVE, Andrew Greer of Christianity Today writes, "Roll out the red carpet. It's not every day that music industry mogul and famed father Mathew Knowles (Beyonce, Trin-i-tee 5:7) hand selects a new artist for his label's tight-knit roster. But after hearing singer/songwriter Brian Courtney Wilson's smooth grooves and smokey vocal chops, Knowles signed him on the spot. Marrying slick R&B with inspirational messages and straight-up church soul sangin', the singer/songwriter makes a noticeable mark for a newcomer...With a wide appeal and high profile backing, Wilson could be gospel music's next big thing."
Live From Another Level, the new release from Israel and New Breed captures the truly explosive spirit of worship. This live recording takes you to a place of worship that has no denominational or ethnic boundaries Listeners are propelled into the presence of God with new songs that the whole church will embrace plus the new worship classic "Here I Am To Worship." This highly anticipated live recording is an amazing follow-up to the continually successful New Season live album.
Songs 4 Worship ~ Songs 4 Worship: Shout To The L There are few music collections of the modern praise and worship movement in contemporary Christianity that capture classics better than the double-disc release Songs 4 Worship: Shout to the Lord. The buoyancy of Charlie LeBlanc's "Celebrate Jesus" sets a joyous and righteous tone for this uplifting assembly of songs. The melodic brilliance of Paul Baloche is ably defined in "I Will Celebrate," while the modern church staple "Lord I Lift Your Name on High" gets a rousing treatment from the Maranatha Singers. Appropriately enough, the first disc closes with the classic "Shout to the Lord," the signature Darlene Zschech number bound to move anyone's soul. The second disc packages the old (Amy Grant's "Thy Word" and Rich Mullins's "Awesome God") with the new (Delirious's "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever") in a delightful sequence. The powerful Ron Kenoly belts out the closing "Majesty" in fine form. This release is a solid primer for those exploring the praise and worship genre. --Michael Lyttle
Gold-selling artist, Israel Houghton returns to his roots as a solo artist with his new CD The Power of One. This album features the youthful and musically masterful energy that has made Israel among the most highly influential tastemakers across a variety of musical genres. The album also features guest vocals from such genre-leading arists as TobyMac, Martin Smith of Delirious?, Mary Mary, and Chevelle Franklyn. From its genre-blending roots reggae and heavy rock to sanctified funk and power pop, The Power of One features songs of hope, redemption and revelation.
Manufacturer: Sony Legacy
Brand: SONY BMG MUSIC
Donald Lawrence has solidified his place in contemporary Gospel history as one of the most prolific songwriters and producers of our time. Lawrence is now poised to release, arguably, his most compelling and ground-breaking recording, to date: The Law of Confession Part I. Drenched in biblical principles, and inspired by a life-changing series taught by Lawrence's pastor, Bill Winston of Chicago's Living Word Christian Center, The Law of Confession Part I has all the elements to spark a movement and to cause a great shift in the thinking and daily practices of believers. The Law of Confession Part I is rife with passion, power and truth, and is certain to inspire a mighty movement.