Fred Hammond & United Tenors

The wait is finally over as Gospel front man Fred Hammond presents a brand new album with his newly formed group, United Tenors.

Dave Hollister, Eric Roberson and Brian Courtney Wilson join Hammond to deliver powerhouse vocals on this self-titled project. If gospel music was looking for a super group, it's safe to say United Tenors delivers. The project is a collaborative effort resulting in one sound, one praise, all for the glory of the one true and living God.

Hammond himself penned two of the 14 tracks: "I'm Reminded" and "My God is Real" (but also has a hand in the hilarious outtake of the Walter Hawkins CDstandard, "What Is This"). Working with various writers on the other songs, the album gives up a little traditional mixed with soulful melodies, handsome harmonies, all coming from great men of God.

Hammond, Hollister, Roberson and Wilson join with veteran songwriter Derek Clark (Yolanda Adams, Men of Standard, Crystal Aiken) writing the opening song "Come on Let's Pray". It's almost as if it's a war cry for men (and women) to pray. We all know that prayer changes things, but there is something special about men who pray. This song is a petition to listeners to give everything to God and trust that he can handle it.

The first single, "Here In Our Praise" is already a fan favorite! Written by Hammond, Michael Bethany, and Derek Clark, this song displays a soothing blend of vocals coupled with a powerful message about the transforming power of God: "Here in our praise / we can feel your power, glory, mercy and your grace /And we won't be the same."

Get ready to pump your church fans in the air with "Love You Like That". Keyboardist Phillip Feaster and drummer Calvin Rodgers, both of whom have writer credits on the anthem, are featured along with guitarist Larry Jones. The catchy chorus is sure to be heard in male choirs across the country.

"Never A Day", penned by the renowned Bobby Sparks and Hammond is a pure love song from the men to God —'24/365' they sing about not being able to live without God. This cut takes you back to songs you would hear on the radio during quiet storm times, with the twist that this is about our first love, God. It's a refreshing sound to hear these men of God singing so passionately about our Savior. At the end of the song we hear a surprise dialogue between the men on expressing their feelings to others.

The old school praise party "We Worship You", written by Hammond and Clark, is sure to play from the church house to barbeques in the backyard. Singing "We bow before, we dance some more, in spirit and in truth, we worship you", this Chicago-style number track is a wonderful treat towards the end of the project. United Tenors bring passion filled with inspirations, declarations, and the love of God. You won't be disappointed in adding this to your collection this spring.

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Production: Various
album release date: March 26, 2013
RCA Inspiration

— review by Marquita Bradley

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