Chris Byrd and True Victory
Chris Byrd and True Victory return to the scene with their fifth release, titled Next
Level. This project marks Byrd’s third (and last) offering with Pulse Records,
and certainly stands as his
most diverse effort. Producers: Chris Byrd and Daryl Wicker
Pulse Records / Grace Media Group
Known for his contemporary and traditional flair, Byrd starts the project
with an introduction that sets the stage for a unique worship
and praise experience, and indeed the effort does deliver.
This album contains both live and studio elements, both of which
have some very special moments. The “Worship Medley” consists
of three new songs (“Since Jesus Came Into My Life”, “Dwell In Me”, and
“In the Presence of the Lord”) and are worship-filled and
designed to take the listener to the next level
of praise and worship.
The project is also filled with its high-impact celebration songs
such as “Yet Will I Rejoice” and “Pressin' On”. Byrd certainly
does not hold back on his urban offerings. “It’s Gonna Be
Alright” and “Let Him In” are definitely urban radio
material that will yield some serious head nod. He even offers
a very fresh and hip rap cut called “Since I’ve Been Changed”.
Add to that an unforgettable holiday urban duet with mentor Rance
Allen (“Christmas Is”), and it sounds like Byrd and
True Victory are indeed ready to head to that next level.
reviewed by Gerard Bonner —
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