Helen Baylor triumphantly returns with My Everything, her first studio recording in five years.
Call me lonely ‘cause I, I don’t let no one in at all
Call you Joshua, your love has torn down my walls
Call me free because I, I have finally found (yes I have)...
Harambee (push together)
Baylor covers the Motown production team of Holland/Dozier/Holland's pop and R&B classic "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" and then goes to the other end of the spectrum for the star cut of the project "My Everything".
Marvin Winans takes the duet seat here and as usual, lights up whatever is in the way. Vocally strong and delicate at the same time, Winans is the punctuation to Baylor's smooth consistency.
That fluidity is best showcased on inspirational sparkler "Move Another Mountain". Baylor's deliberate delivery is the cornerstone of strength for the light, melodic structure of the song. Together the combination is a complete package.
Throughout the project, her background vocalist list like a Singer's Who's Who, and includes Kelli Williams, Chris Willis, Nee-C Walls and Jerard and Jovaun Woods, just to name a few.
The problem with some broad spectrum projects is that they try to unnaturally cover too much ground. That's certainly not the case here. On My Everything, Baylor manages to blend a variety of sounds, styles and voices that will easily appeal to many.
Baylor finds her magic by embracing all that she is, and somehow I'm sure there's much more that remains to be seen.
Diadem Records / Verity Records
— reviewed by Stan North —
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