Georgia Mass Choir
They That Wait

After significant limelight behind Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington as the featured choir in the hit movie The Preacher's Wife, the Georgia Mass Choir is back with their first new project (not counting their Greatest Hits compilation) since theirGeorgia Mass Choir CD big screen debut. Happily for us, they remain as secure as ever in the Sunday morning style.

Rev. Milton Biggham remains behind the helm of much that goes on with this choir, with responsibilites as choir founder, choir director, album producer, songwriter (with 5 cuts on this project), as well as record label head honcho (at Savoy). Milton also lends his traditional chops to several of the notable cuts on the project, including the first single heard on Gospel radio, "Your Blessing's Coming Through".

Guest artists also make an impact on the project however, with Rev. Timothy Wright and Donald Malloy joining forces with Biggham on "He Steps In", and with David Peaston bringing a soulful sound to "Everytime I Get A Chance". Longtime supporters of Georgia Mass will also welcome the inclusion of familiar Georgia Mass member and soloist Constance Smalls as lead vocalist on the highly traditional "Praise The Lord".

Yet with all the individual efforts, it is the choir that dominates the album (as it should be with a choir album!). Although the 150-member Georgia Mass briefly dip their collective toes into contemporary waters once the project ("I'll Go"), their obvious flair is the churchy cuts. Credit the choir's often unheralded Minister of Music, Kenneth Paden, with consistency on that level. There's plenty to choose from, "I Know Someone" stands out as the premiere cut. Written by veteran Chicago song-writer Cynthia Nunn, the song combines an outstanding melody and a all-comforting lyric that refuses to move out of memory.

Gospel music has been, and always will be rooted in Sunday morning church pews, with the sound of the mass choir leading the way. It is evident that Georgia Mass Choir is remaining a bastion of that reality.
Georgia Mass Choir

Producers: Rev. Milton Biggham, Dwaine White, Rick Carter
album release date: May 11, 1999
Savoy Records

reviewed by Stan North

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