Eric D. Carrington & The Willing Workers

The flagship artist of Texas-based Divine Line Records is Eric D. Carrington & The Willing Workers. Now with his third project, Carrington has positioned his ministry into that select niche occupied by artists who legitimately offer many facets of musical styles.

Titled Soar, the album combines a some instrumentally stripped-down, bass-grooved urban styles with numerous softer ‘urban storm’ vibes on the various cuts. Soar CDThe standout cut is the title track, which after a minute of sung testimony and praise by Carrington, finds it's choir-assisted, harmony-infused groove before fading out with a nod to the familiar “I Believe I Can Fly” melody.

On “Wash Me” and “Calvary”, Carrington carries a traditional lead vocal over the choir, with subtle but definite John P. Kee influences. Switching it up, “Send Your Anointing” is a no-doubt urban choir showcase number with a hype beat track, where Carrington displays his vocal resiliency to the harder sounds.

Former Verity artist and fellow Texan Shawn McLemore makes an encore guest appearance on this project after adding extra value to Carrington’s previous release. He joins in a softly-fueled and gorgeously styled duet with Carrington on “Fire”. Also guesting is the energetic James Fortune and YFC, whose youthful energy burn up the very urban “My Dance”.

Soar ends with a trio of remixes, one being an urban take of the title track, and the other two being alternate mixes of two hits from Carrington’s sophomore album from 1996: “God Said It” and “Oh Give Thanks”.

Producer: Eric D. Carrington
album release date: August, 1999
Divine Line Records

— reviewed by Stan North

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