Music Review by Luchae Williams
SABC Crown Gospel Music Award winner, Adrian Sing, accolades his recent success to God. “It is to God whom I give the glory for opening every door for me and creating a path where there didn’t seem to be a way,” the crooner has shared in a previous interview. The Durban based worship leader walked home with the ‘Best Gospel Rock’ song award at the Crown Gospel Music Awards, for original track All the glory. He was also nominated for Best Songwriter.
The winning track is one of 12 original songs that can be found on Sing’s debut album, Unashamed. The album, which was released late in 2015, is described as a mixture of gospel, rock, pop and worship based songs. You can immediately pick up a blend of all of these flavors as you get into the album.
All the glory is the opening track and brings with it an energy that serves as an excellent introduction to the newcomer’s musical style. With a strong rock and electric guitar influence, the song is reminiscent of something you would hear on a Planet Shakers offering, with a catchy chorus that says: “All the glory/All the honor/It all belongs to you!”
Other tracks, such as Blessed and We will praise, both featuring Ashley Annapan, carry the same dance-hall energy. The latter has an almost youthful feel to it and is a declaration announcing that we will praise the Lord at all times!
I really appreciated the message behind the upbeat song, When I speak. This memorable track encourages us to speak life, with the bridge reminding us that death and life is in the power of the tongue!
The album is not without its power ballads, with Come Holy Spirit, Come leading us into worship right at the beginning. The song features the delightful Ntombi Khoza and is beautifully, and simply, written. The chorus sings: “Come Holy Spirit come/Oh how we love you/Oh how we need you/Come Holy spirit/Come!”
Sing’s songwriting style is straightforward and without bells and whistles. He constantly references the word of God, speaking a timeless truth that is best described as ‘soul food’. An example is the beautifully composed Holy are you Lord. This song has quickly become one of my favorite tracks on the album, with it’s pure message and beautiful vocal arrangements. Every inch of it spells excellence, making it a worthy addition to many a Sunday set list.
My anthem at the moment, though, is The Lord will never fail. The worship track references the book of Exodus, speaking about the departure of the Israelite’s from Egypt. Sing explained that the song was written after he was diagnosed with a skin condition which prevented him from playing the piano at his home church. The song is a sweet reminder that God is faithful and that He will do that which He said He would! I am especially impressed with Sing’s background vocals, who bring a level of quality to each worship song.
Album closer, You alone are worthy, takes us back to the beginning of the album, with a dance-infused praise break.
Adrian Sing’s God-given gift goes beyond pure talent and the ability to make music. He is a passionate minstrel, dedicated to drawing listeners closer to God and who God is. This album is a fresh reminder that God is moving in our midst, South Africa. I encourage you to give it a listen, to decide for yourself.
The album is available on itunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/unashamed/id1017022060#