Derrick Milan's Ministry of Praise
With The Peter's Rock Mass Choir
Derrick Milan delivers his third release on
Sound of Gospel, and with a slew of Detroitís rising
Gospel talent contributing, it's his strongest effort to date. Producers: Wanda Nero Butler, Marcus Devine, Cordell Watson
album release date: March, 2000
Titled, Derrick Milanís Ministry
of Praise Featuring the Peterís Rock Mass Choir, the
project is a collection of contemporary Gospel that is
distinguished by studio work from one of Gospelís
very few female producers, Wanda Nero Butler.
Leading off the project are a strong pair of cuts which
feature the respective members of the upcoming duo of
Pam and Dodi (signed to MCA). Their experience as
former members of the early nineties contemporary group Adoration
ĎN Prayze is in plenty evidence as they each
individually bring a contemporary, rich, soulfulness to the
Audra Alexander (Dodi) on "Live Like The Bible Says Live" takes the
Tony Lucas groove to that higher notch and sets the tone for the project. The
track also features some phat work on bass from Marcus Devine, and a cleverly
snaggy hook on the chorus from Peter's Rock Mass Choir.
Then Pamela Taylor (Pam)
takes the mic on "You Can Depend On Jesus" and offers up some inventive vocals. Written by former RFC band member
Ernest Lee, this one spins at a slower revolution while maintaining a
Modified traditional vibes seep onto a few of the album's thirteen tracks. Sam Logan takes lead
on the slow marathon "Do Ya", while Victoria Holland Vaughn spins a slow and sometimes soaring soprano
vocal over gentle guitar and choir sounds. The project contains other cuts
with this style, and although they could do with less studio reverb, they do lend themselves to meditative and intense worship.
While Wanda Nero Butler wears the producer's hat on much of this CD, she also takes on the soloist role that she
is more reknowned for on "If I Never See You Again". Excelling in this role, she provides a warmth of tone that is immediately appealing. The short reprise of
the cut features the vocal arrangements of Marcus Devine who is known for his smooth songwriting style of
(evident on Men of Standard's hit "In Your Will"). The work is
equally smooth here. At just over one minute however, it is much too short.
This is one of the CDs where it's really not in your best interest to judge it by the cover art. Look past that
and dig into the music on the disc, as Derrick Milan brings some
quality Detroit Gospel to the table.
Sound of Gospel
reviewed by Stan North ó
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