Joe Pace & The Colorado Mass Choir
God's Got It!
The rarefied air of Colorado certainly has not limited the
Colorado Mass Choir from pumping out projects.
Under the direction of Joe Pace II, these
1996-97 Stellar Award winners for "New Artist of
the Year" are impacting again with their third release on Verity Records.Producers: Paul Wright III, Joe Pace II, Percy Bady
album release date: September 28, 1999
A third project is often seized by
artists as an opportunity to take add some inventive twists
to their introductory fare. Such is the case with Colorado Mass,
as they detour for a moment
from their live traditional stylings, and add a couple
of urban studio cuts to the mix. With Percy
Bady taking control of the production board on these cuts ("Hold On" and "You Just Dance"),
versatility is displayed, as they are heard in an urban context like never
The detour is a short one, however, as the choir returns to
the beaten track of traditional mass flava for the
remainder of the album. Recorded live in Colorado Springs,
Camelia Lockhart takes care of pushing the traditional edge, as she takes lead
on the churchy “God’s Got It”. And guest soloist Ann McCrary (solo artist on Angie and Debbie Winans Against the Flow Records)
sings memorably on the mid-tempo re-arrangement of "It Is Well".
However, few will argue that the album highlight is the worship
and praise mega-cut “We Worship You”, featuring
Fred Hammond (it’s nearly a 10 minute track!). Not known for his work in front of large choirs,
Hammond shows himself as more than capable, working a
meditative lead to its maximum effect.
It would be remiss not to mention V. Michael McKay’s simmering ballad "I'm Grateful",
rendered expertly by Jackie Robb. And
with a choir rendition of O Holy Night thrown in for Christmas play, you can't say that
this project doesn't have something of everything.
Traditional, contemporary, ballad, Christmas, guest artists. Colorado Mass Choir. Joe Pace. It looks like
this group is here to stay for a while.
reviewed by Stan North —
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