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Mandisa has decided to be real, and airs the challenge in some great contemporary pop songs with a slight gospel/R&B tinge.
Don't only enjoy this famous gospel celebration once live, Joyous Celebration Vol.18 One Purpose offers you the chance to listen to these inspirational sounds all-year round.
The heart and soul of this live performing group/choir comes across perfectly in this three-CD compilation, featuring some of the best gospel tracks of the year.
Joyous Celebration Vol.18 - One Purpose continues the popular format that fans have come to expect from this multi-award winning gospel project. The Joyous project is a truly original idea, with the members of the group/choir changing on a regular basis, and the fact that it has stood for over 10 years proves that it is a favourite among the fans.
This release features everything from Christmas classics such as 'Oh Holy Night', to the powerful 'Oh Lord'. Overall, there are 39 tracks across the three CDs for you to enjoy.
It's almost unthinkable that contemporary gospel star Kirk Franklin hasn't had a greatest-hits offering before now. He sold over seven million records between 1993 and 2011, and that total continues to rise. In addition, Franklin is a true crossover artist: his recordings have consistently charted on the pop, R&B, and gospel charts. Sony Legacy lays out this eclectically sequenced double-disc comp full of singles and album tracks from all of his Gospocentric recordings. As if to showcase just how wide-ranging Franklin's music is, the album opener -- a live "He Reigns/Awesome God (The Medley)," from his 2002 album The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin -- weaves together hip-hop, gritty contemporary soul, contemporary gospel, and the norteo and conjunto sounds Franklin grew up with on the radio and in the streets of Riverside, Texas. The accents on sopranos, altos, and contraltos weave through the beat-heavy Spanish guitar arrangement, and genuinely stir the listener -- no matter her or his belief system. The track that started it all, the stellar single "Why We Sing" from 1993's Kirk Franklin & the Family, also appears on disc one, as do cuts from Hero (an album that featured guest appearances by Rance Allen and Stevie Wonder) and Songs for the Storm, Vol. 1. Disc two also relies on tracks from those offerings and includes the funky Looking for You, which contains a sample from Patrice Rushen's stepper Havent You Heard, delves more deeply into cuts from Songs for the Storm, Vol. 1, and includes "Revolution" from Nu Nation Project, Let Me Touch You (Live) from 2001s Whatcha Lookin 4, as well as I Am and the title track off 2011s Hello Fear to bring things up to date. There are 28 completely remastered cuts in all, spanning 18 years, totaling two-and-a-half hours of music. The set also comes with an historical liner essay by Bil Carpenter, and sells for a very attractive budget price. While fans of Franklin will more than likely have these tracks from his albums, hearing them sequenced this way makes for an enlightening experience. For the curious, The Essential Kirk Franklin also provides a very solid introduction to one of the most dynamic artists gospel has produced since Andr Crouch. AMG
Jeremy Riddle’s “More” can be likened to a fireworks show - vibrant, full of awe, compelling, and unpredictable. The album marks Riddle’s first solo project since 2011, his fifth career release, and first solo project under Bethel Music (he has been featured on seven Bethel Music compilation albums to date). This album adds new anthems to the many Riddle songs that have influenced corporate worship, yet it definitively dances down new paths.
The thought of doing another live worship project has been something I have processed for a while now. The question I have asked myself most is not so much what do I want to do, but what do I need to do. What do we need to do as His church and as His children? What expression of worship does he desire from us . . .Have we missed something? The reality is, it is not the style of our expression He is concerned with, it is the heart. He wants our honesty. He wants our vulnerability. He wants us to come to Him as we are, not as we want to be. I feel God moving through his church and He is calling us together . . . To be one voice and one heart. One bride. Every nation, every tribe, and every tongue. Every social class. Every denomination. Let’s get together and rejoice! In what He has done, what he is doing,and what He has yet to do.
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