Music Review by Luchae Williams
TOP 25 Gospel Songs (2014): Various Artists / Maranatha Music
If you love Gospel praise music, then you will totally eat up my latest review: Top 25 Gospel Songs 2014 Edition. This eclectic collection was released by Maranatha! Music in March and boasts all original artist recordings, performing some of the most catchy praise and deep worship songs released to date.
The double CD includes songs from seasoned as well as emerging new artists, and I must admit I quite enjoyed the fact that their seemed to be a choral theme… whether that was intended or not! With hits from the likes of Tamela Mann, Charles Jenkins, Mary Mary, Israel and New Breed, Tye Tribbett, Fred Hammond and more, I appreciated the diversity of each artist every time a new song would begin, bringing a different taste of praise and worship with each track that played.
Some of my favourite tracks are Tye Tribbett’s “Champion”, Charles Jenkins’ “Awsome”, Israel and New Breed’s “It’s not over” and John Mclure’s “Yes Lord”, which totally displays my love for choral music and vocal harmonies.
Le’Andria Johnson’s “Sooner or later” and PJ Morton’s “Over and over” are definite pick me ups. And of course, Tamela Mann’s “The Lord’s Prayer” is amazing!
Maranatha! Music’s Top 25 franchise has sold nearly 2 million units since its inception.
“After gaining momentum from the previous album, Top 25 Gospel Songs 2014 Edition completely captures the spirit of Gospel praise music on one record,” said Randy Alward, president and CEO of Maranatha! Music.
“It’s not easy to narrow down the top 25, but we’ve created an album we feel is today’s best of the best, and we couldn’t be more proud. The collection of songs from legendary Gospel artists, Gospel hit-makers and up and coming heatseekers, truly complements each other.” Maranatha! Gospel is a division of Maranatha! Music and represents one of the label’s fastest growing genres of music.
With other titles doing well, such as “Top 25 Kids Praise Songs” and “Top 50 Praise Songs 2014” it seems to me that Maranatha are on to something here! Compilation albums could really be a growing trend in the Christian music industry, especially since you are guaranteed to receive not only quality but also a list of the best all on one CD!