John P. Kee
The Legacy Project

In an era where words like "icon" and "legend" are overused, John P. Kee nevertheless embodies these terms.

With over twenty releases involving the New Life Community Choir, the VIP Mass Choir, and solo efforts, Kee has created a music catalogue that has become a standard within our industry. Kee adds to that prolific catalogue with his first solo effort in seven years titled The Legacy Project. Twelve tracks strong, this offering is designed to pay homage to the traditional gospel presentation.

CDTo assist the Charlotte-based pastor, Kee enlists several vocal and musical giants to bring this vision into fruition. Long time mentor and friend Rance Allen joins Kee on the album's lead single "Blessings". The vocal chemistry between these two powerhouses is a match made in heaven. It worked during the days of the 1994 Colorblind release and it's just as vibrant today. The Mighty Clouds of Joy front man Joe Ligon teams with Kee on the quartet-driven "I'll Serve Him" and "Breakthrough", which are WILDLY infectious. Consider these tracks 100% Sunday morning church!! The quartet influence continues as Kee partners with Harvey Watkins, Jr., lead singer of The Canton Spirituals, on the slow track "Determined".

In paying homage to his traditional roots, Kee maintains his authentic connection to the contemporary groove. Check out "You've Been So Good". This mid-tempo track features soul crooner Anthony Hamilton creating another dream vocal tandem. Zacardi Cortez lends his passionate vocals to "Holy Hands", contributing to an incredible musical moment. Fred Hammond adds to the party with arguably the album's most infectious track "I Know You". Complete with an Earth, Wind, and Fire like groove, Hammond and Kee continue to flow effortlessly together, composing another single that is certain to impact the industry similar to their last partnership "They That Wait".

Kee also covers two of his previous choir favorites "I'm Waiting" and the "He'll Welcome Me Medley", which features New Life alumnus Lowell Pye.

In an era dominated by the urban and progressive sound, this album reminds us that traditional gospel is still very much alive. Without question, this project will continue to cement the Legacy that IS John P. Kee. This album will easily be deemed as one of the brightest releases of the year.

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Production: John P. Kee
album release date: Feb, 2011
Verity Gospel Music Group

— reviewed by Gerard Bonner

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