Bishop Eric McDaniel
and The Lord's Church Cathedral Choir
We Are Healed

You can never get enough of that New York / East Coast, choir-jam praise.

This time it comes from Bishop Eric McDaniel, who returns to the recording scene with his own Bronx-based The Lord’s Church Cathedral Choir.

Devotees of credit-watching know that the NY songwriter has lent his pen to songs that have most notably appeared on Hezekiah Walker’s Love Felllowship Crusade Choir’s recent albums, but have also been sung by Bishop T.D. Jake’s Potter’s House Choir (“It Shall Be Done”). So there has been much anticipation for a full album of his songs.

Bishop Eric McDaniel CDMcDaniel offers plenty of them on We Are Healed, a project that ofers musicianship from John Peters on organ and piano, Reggie Young on bass, and several others. Young also produces the live recording.

The styles are diverse, from the opening classical-themed “I’ll Praise The Lord” to the stirring choir part complexities of “More Like Him” from R. Bennix —which is one of the most interesting choir compositions on the album.

Then there’s the traditional church stomp of “One More Chance” which features Lady Sabrina McDaniel on lead.

Fellow NY songwriter Leon Lacey sings on “Press For the Prize”, joining with Douglas Tyson. Surrounded by horn arrangements and Young’s busy bass, the choir repeatedly stabs at the catchy chorus hook. Lacey’s vocals makes it hype.

The more harmonious and much more laidback “Thy Majesty” conveys the subject matter as presented in its title, with John Peters patterning jazzy piano around the choir swells.

Another song to listen for is “He’ll Be To You” with Ayana George taking the microphone. She also leads on Lacey’s song contribution, “When I Come Into This House”. Bishop McDaniel opens with spoken prayer on top of gentle chorus. George enters with Damon Mack enveloping her flowing solo with piano chording, making for soft close to the project.

Producer: Reggie Young
album re-release date: October, 2003
Gospel 1

— reviewed by Stan North

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