The Soul Seekers: Compton, California (2007)
Proving that they have what it takes to jostle as front runners in Gospel music, members Teddy Campbell, Warryn Campbell, Nisan Stewart, John "Jubu" Smith, Gerald Haddon, Charlie Bereal, Craig Brockman and Eric Seats brought the enthusiastic crowd to their feet time and again.
In addition to fans, a Who's Who of the industry filled the seats. Included in attendance were producer Rodney Jerkins, Coko and Mike Clemmons, everywhere-columnist Jawn Murray, George Huff, Kierra "Kiki" Sheard, Dr. Bobby Jones, Fred Hammond, Deitrick & Damita Haddon, Musiq Soul Child, Tonex and Mary Mary. All came expecting a blessing from the Lord through eight California natives who came out on fire and ready to minister to the standing room only crowd.
An introduction from P. Diddy's former right hand man, Mr. Fonsworth Bentley, started the night off as The Soul Seekers took the stage with confidence and poise.
The GospoCentric artists immediately brought the crowd to its feet with "Holding On", an energetic foot-stomping, hand-clapping song. (You can't have a quartet concert without some foot stomping and hand-clapping!)
Members of the group were in great voice, displaying excellent musicianship (which the majority of them showcase elsewhere in the general music business, having backed up some of the biggest artists for years), and showcasing some of the tightest blends and harmonies heard since the vocal styling of groups such as Take 6 and The Winans.
After inviting the Lord into the room via a mid tempo number titled "Come On Jesus", the group ripped through several new contemporary-tinged cuts, including the emotional ballad "Time Has Made A Change", a song written to honor the memory of loved ones that have gone on to Glory.
The Seekers, reemerging in black 60's inspired suits and ties, gave a power packed second half, and demonstrated their innate ability to tap into the presence of the Lord. "What Will It Take", penned by Erica Campbell, brought the crowd to their feet when the 8-member group broke out with choreographed moves that would put The Temptations to shame. Warryn Campbell took lead and showcased his powerful soprano range as he declared the unchanging love of God, leaving everyone with the question of what it will take for us to trust Him.
"All Good", arguably one of the best songs of the night and featuring Pastor Marvin Winans, tapped into the keeping power of our God, reminding all that that it's not of our own selves that were here, but by His grace. The atmosphere shifted as members of the group fell to their knees in worship, leading into a call to make a decision for Christ.
The night was a total success and can be summarized best by the words of lead singer Teddy Campbell: "Everybody can expect great energy and amazing musicianship, with a few twists and turns. For everyone who loves great music, great singing, and great songs, expect to feel God move when you listen!"
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