Let's Make It Better
The artist currently known as the 'Prince of Gospel' makes another foray into the recording scene with this sophomore project by Inner City, entitled Let's Make A Difference.
The Prince, of course, is John P. Kee, and this project from Tyscot Records possesses all the hallmarks of the prolific singer, songwriter and producer, with a few twists along the way. Familiar voices heard in previous projects with New Life Community Choir are heard throughout the album. Sheila Lakin shares lead with newcomer Rodney Raines in the choir-amped traditional cut "Hold On To The Master's Hand", while long-time New Life member Ivan Powell can be heard on "Since You Turned My Life Around". Kee adds his own vocals to the rapture-themed "Be Ready". Band regulars again hold court, with guitar and bass work by Maurice Fitzgerald, Tim Mole, but also with an occasional track including LaDell Abrams on drums and Kee's former music director Garland 'Miche' Waller on keyboards.
Like most Kee projects (he writes and produces every song on this one), a standard sampling of songs with sounds from "just south of the Durham County line" are included. However, the strong cuts this time out lean more toward the contemporary. Twenty-one year old Tywanesheiea Cortez will turn a few ears with her contribution to the butter-smooth title cut, while Carol 'NaNa' Sayles fosters a cool jam with the encouraging "It's No Secret". The guest spot by Deitrick Haddon on "Take Courage" is interesting for its inclusion, but the song is not memorable, and doesn't truly showcase the capabilities of this rising star from Detroit.
While talk of a John P. Kee retirement still echoes in the corridors of Gospel industry, you can take some time out to add another solid project to the extensive and still-growing discography of this living Gospel legend.
— reviewed by Stan North —
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