Manufacturer: RCA Inspiration
Brand: Provident Distribution Group
On his 11th album, Kirk Franklin once again establishes himself as the frontrunner in Gospel music. The 13-song project explores timely themes and classic sentiments, while offering renewed testimony to Kirk?s status as a GRAMMY-winning songwriter and producer.Kirk collaborates with a wide array of music luminaries, including stellar performances from Kim Burrell, Lalah Hathaway, Tamela Mann, Tasha Cobbs, Sarah Reeves, Zacardi Cortez, and Tasha Page-Lockhart.Track List:Losing My ReligionMiracles123 VictoryRoad TripPray For MeWanna Be Happy?It's Time (featuring Tasha Page-Lockhart & Zacardi Cortez)True StoryIt's Not OverWhen (featuring Kim Burrell & Lalah Hathaway)My World Needs You (featuring Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs & TaIntercession
Hero is the first release on the gospel star's new Fo Yo Soul Entertainment label (in association with Zomba Label Group). The album is said to reflect Franklin's growth and progression from his groundbreaking single 'Stomp', to his current roles as husband, father, businessman, and youth pastor. Guest on the CD include Stevie Wonder, Yolanda Adams, Ty Tribbett, Dorinda Clark-Cole, tobyMac, and P.O.D.'s Sonny Sandoval. 2005. If you know anything about Kirk Franklin, you'll know he's not one to sit still. With an emphasis on his early career classic Gospel leanings, Franklin rang the bell with his magnificent Rebirth of Kirk Franklin (2002), a release widely awarded and one that helped make him the best-selling gospel artist of all time. But Franklin has once again shifted his musical landscape. Hero is a lengthy and revealing masterpiece unparalleled in Christian music. The Dallas native has crafted his own musical tapestry masterfully combining elements of 70s era soul, classic Gospel, and contemporary urban hip-hop. Hero is full of admissions of struggle and challenges but Franklin always weaves a message of hope and encouragement to take the focus off the negative. You want in-your-face confession? Try not to be moved while listening to Franklin laying sins down on the table like cards in "Let It Go" or Franklin teaming with Marvin Winans in the soul-shaking, roof-raising "Brokenhearted." The title track â€“ featuring Dorinda Clark-Cole â€“ along with "Imagine Me" are classic examples of how Franklin balances the hard realities of real life against the hard faith about which he so readily sings. One is hard pressed to not remember the Love Unlimited Orchestra when hearing "Looking for You" and the 70s references are reinforced with Stevie Wonder's guest appearance on "Why." The latter track is classic Franklin as he challenges every Christian to stop worrying about building churches and start building people. It also includes a delightful harmonica touch at the end from the great Stevie Wonder. At ...
Manufacturer: Sony Legacy
Brand: Provident Distribution Group
1. Intro 2. Hosanna 3. Caught Up-with Pastor Shirley Caesar 4. 911-with Bishop T.D. Jakes 5. The Blood Song-with Donnie McClurkin, Crystal Lewis, and Jaci Valesquez 6. Brighter Day 7. My Life, My Love, My All 8. Lookin' Out For Me-with the late Willie Neal Johnson 9. He Reigns (the medley)-with Papa San 10. Interlude 11. Don't Cry-with a piano performance by Richard Smallwood 12. The Transition 13. Always 14. When I Get There 15. Interlude 16. Outro (The Blood)-with Yolanda Adams and Alvin Slaughter *17. plus hidden bonus track with Toby Mac from DC Talk Never one to shy away from revealing himself and doing so unconventionally, Kirk Franklin returns to the charts with his strong statement of faith in the conceptual Rebirth of Kirk Franklin. From the deeply personal opening, "Intro," to the ending, "Outro (the Blood)," Franklin takes us on a journey of faith littered with doubt, struggles, and a sincerity that's hard to resist. This mostly live release includes a handful of cameo appearances by the likes of Bishop T.D. Jakes, Yolanda Adams, and Jaci Velasquez. Such a diverse group of guests mirrors the accessibility of Franklin's music on this release. Ably backed by a tight band and the powerhouse Vocals of Life choir, Franklin takes no prisoners on the blistering "Hosana," "Caught Up," and the Rasta-flavored "He Reigns," featuring Papa San. Franklin's songwriting prowess also surfaces in quieter numbers like "Don't Cry" and "Always." Throughout his meteoric career, Franklin has skillfully combined soul, gospel, hip-hop, and pop into a multicolored tapestry. On Rebirth, Franklin's colors have never shown brighter. --Michael Lyttle
Manufacturer: Word Entertainment
Brand: HANDEL'S MESSIAH-SOULFUL CE
A virtual Who's Who of contemporary African-American music interprets Handel's 250-year-old oratorio. The roster includes Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Patti Austin, Boys Choir of Harlem, Andrea Crouch, Edwin Hawkins, Al Jarreau, Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, Phylicia Rashad, Vanessa WIlliams, Stevie Wonder and the Yellowjackets.No Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: HANDEL'S MESSIAH-SOULFUL CETitle: HANDEL'S MESSIAH-SOULFUL CELEBStreet Release Date: 08/15/1995
No Description Available.Genre: Gospel/Christian MusicMedia Format: Compact DiskRating: Release Date: 22-AUG-2000 Donnie McClurkin's road to success is filled with the fragrance of God's blessing. With a 1996 debut that went gold, a single on the Prince of Egypt soundtrack, an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and performances for Presidents Bush and Clinton, the list of McClurkin's awards and recognition goes on and on. His second solo release, Live in London and More..., is destined to be another stellar event in McClurkin's career. This live recording, performed in a packed Fairfield hall in London, is a cross between worship, preaching, and jubilation --a complete representation of McClurkin's passions. From the elated opener, "That's What I Believe," to the intimate anthems in "We Fall Down," McClurkin leads the audience through a journey that is filled with inspiration and passion. Standing firmly on the belief that only a heavenly blessing could make all of this happen, McClurkin keeps the attention firmly fixed on God throughout the entire show. --Israel Button
Manufacturer: Kingdom Records
Brand: Capitol Christian Distribution
Double CD with disc 1 being the Worship CD and disc 2 the Praise CD. The Shekinah Glory Ministry is a praise and worship Aggregation of Valley Kingdom Ministries, International, a non-denominational church where Apostle H. Daniel Wilson serves as Senior Pastor. The album features soloists, the entire choir and some spoken passages.