Music Review by Luchae Williams
Lovers of genuine Gospel music, choir ensembles and easy, hard hitting melodies will love the Wow Gospel 2014 compilation CD. Packed with all the favourite radio tunes and praise anthems of 2014, this double disc album features music from Hezekiah Walker, Tye Tribbett, Marvin Sapp, Tasha Cobbs, Michelle Williams, Lecrae and more.
As a fan of gospel choirs, I especially enjoyed tracks such as Hezekiah Walkers “Every Praise”, Jonathan Nelsons “Finish Strong” and “Good God” by renowned Gospel singer, Shirley Ceaser. Tasha Cobbs does a stunning rendition of “Break every chain” which was originally written by United Pursuit Band and made famous by Jesus Culture. In fact, Cobbs went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance for this track and rightly so! I found upliftment in songs like “Your best days yet” by Bishop Paul Morton and “Keep doing what you’re doing” by Anita Wilson. My description of them would be ‘pure Gospel at its best!’
I love that the compilation also includes more contemporary gospel tracks such as “If we had your eyes” by Michelle Williams of Destinys Child fame. Kierra Sheards “Trumpet blows” also wowed me (pun intended) with its thought provoking lyric and really cool beat. Her vocals are a-maz-ing! Other contemporary Christian artists like Mary Mary, Andy Mineo and Deitrick Haddon also feature on the double disc and bring a different flavour to the collection. I especially loved Lecraes track, “Tell the world.” The song speaks about proclaiming the Gospel of Christ to the world and feature Mali Music, in the bridge and chorus, singing ‘Now Imma tell the world, tell em/I’mma tell it everywhere I go/Tell the world, tell’em/Yeah, I’m a billboard’ – I really like that!
Uncle Fred (Fred Hammond) makes an appearance with his group United Tenors, which include R&B singers Dave Hollister, Eric Roberson, and gospel singer Brian Courtney Wilson. Their track “Here in our praise” is a smooth sounding R&B track that boasts excellent vocals and a really stunning melody. This track makes me wonder why I still haven’t bought their 2013 debut album! A must mention is muso extraordinaire Israel Houghton’s’ track “Sunday kinda love” – another smooth R&B song which was recorded with PJ Morton, Nikki Ross and his long-time friend Aaron Lindsey. I also enjoyed “1 on 1” by Zicardi Cortez – a beautiful love song to the Lord.
I must say, I really found it refreshing that this compilation had a little bit of everything on it. Listening to it is much like a musical candy shop, with an assortment of different genres and messages that are both pleasing to the ear and the spirit. Like most compilations, the aim is to feature the best of the best and Wow Gospel 2014 does just that.