Manufacturer: Kingdom Records
Brand: Capitol Christian Distribution
Worship unleashed! A Stellar Nominated CD with over 250,000 sold, this CD really takes worship to a different level. Praise Is What I Do double CD is a recording of a live praise and worship experience. The first CD is all praise music and is entitled The Outer and Inner Courts while the second CD is all worship music entitled The Holy of Holies. This double CD was recorded from start to finish without editing, so what the listener hears is what was experienced the night of the recording. Apostle Wilson and Valley Kingdom Ministries International then established Kingdom Records, the ministry's own record label to market the CD.
Manufacturer: Sony Legacy
According to a Legacy spokesperson, it will be "the most in-depth collection of Cash's gospel recordings ever assembled". The country crooner frequently performed gospel songs at his shows, including the famous concerts at Folsom Prison and San Quentin, and he allegedly left his original label, Sun Records, when they wouldn't allow him to perform gospel material. Tracks on the new collection include traditional gospel songs such as 'He Turned The Water Into Wine' and '(There'll Be) Peace in The Valley (For Me)' , as well as Cash originals 'The Preacher Said "Jesus Said"', and the hit written by Carl Perkins, 'Daddy Sang Bass'. Gospel was what Johnny Cash, Luther Perkins, and Marshall Grant originally wanted to record when they auditioned for Sam Phillips in 1954. In 1958, Sun Records' refusal to let Cash record a gospel album--despite his track record of hits--led him to leave for Columbia. This well-chosen package delineates sacred music's ongoing role in Cash's career, beginning with two 1970 performances from his ABC variety show, one featuring longtime Cash friend Rev. Billy Graham. The 1957 Sun tunes include the searing "I Was There When It Happened" and Cash's original "Belshazzar." "He Turned the Water into Wine," "In the Sweet Bye and Bye," "That's Enough," and his 1969 gospel hit "Daddy Sang Bass," all from Columbia, are particularly passionate, as is "Far Side Banks of Jordan" (a duet with June Carter Cash) and three never-before-issued performances, 1974's "My Ship Will Sail" and "How Great Thou Art and "It Is No Secret" from 1981. Given that one can't truly understand Cash without knowing his gospel side, this is a fine introduction. --Rich Kienzle
2012 two CD release from the Gospel veteran. Fred Hammond has been a trailblazer throughout his 30-year career. He founded the legendary band Commissioned that brought freshly funky air to the traditional Gospel world in the 1980s. Then, in the `90s, he ushered in the urban praise and worship music movement with his Radical For Christ ensemble. With God, Love & Romance, Hammond continues to break new ground for the Gospel genre. Disc One is a suite of love songs touching on the topics of courtship, romance and even lost love while Disc Two gives us the soul stirring Gospel songs we've grown accustomed to from Hammond.
Tennessee Ernie Ford: All-Time Greatest Hymns CD Track Listing: 1. Softly and Tenderly (03:10) 2. In the Garden (02:51) 3. The Old Rugged Cross (02:56) 4. When the Roll is Called Up Yonder (02:07) 5. Sweet Hour of Prayer (02:55) 6. Shall We Gather at the River (02:04) 7. The Church in the Wildwood (02:13) 8. How Great Thou Art (01:35) 9. Whispering Hope (02:30) 10. Bringing in the Sheaves (02:04) 11. All Hail the Power (01:57) 12. Faith of our Fathers (03:02) 13. There is Power in the Blood (01:56) 14. What a Friend We Have in Jesus (03:50)
Manufacturer: Capitol Christian Music Group
Brand: Capitol Christian Distribution
1. Fill My Cup 2. King of Kings (He's a Wonder) 3. It's Wasn't Easy 4. Alabaster Box 5. Comforter 6. Love of My Heart 7. Without Love 8. He's Not on His Knees Yet 9. One and the Same - Feat. Take 6 10. Higher Place of Praise 11. Blessed, Broken, & Given In the wake of a prolific outpouring of song, the '90s have been good to soulful belter CeCe Winans. Further evidence of getting better with time is Alabaster Box. While not as cutting edge or musically adventurous as 1998's Everlasting Love, this latest project marks an important shift in this fine sister's stylistic and vocal development. Most evident on the decidedly classic title track, Winans forsakes a trendy dated arrangement for sophisticated piano, strings, and woodwinds. The voice, which has always been impressive, is even more so here, as a new maturity broadens and adds weight to the biggest and most well-placed sound yet. The remainder of the album, while lovely, doesn't quite rise to the stunning beauty of its central offering. "Alabaster Box" is so efficient a chariot of great strength and grace that more becomes less, a distraction from Winans's greatest gift. --Paige La Grone