The Heavens Are Telling
The Heavens Are Telling is a broad-spectrum project with both live and studio elements, that shows the many faces of Clark-Sheard. With the live material produced by Donald Lawrence, the vocal legend is allowed her to stretch out on some church songs, worship tunes and contemporary jams, and she does so expertly in all areas.
Lawrence pens the hype praise tune, “We Acknowledge You”. Some fancy string and horn work amp it up, and some stellar background vocalists take this one to jam status.
Israel Houghton and Martha Munizzi contribute two strong cuts. The picante tempered “Glorious” is a dance-inspiring reminder of our mission to give Him glory. Joey Woolfalk is featured here on Spanish flavored lead guitar. Percussion and horns follow suit.
This same dynamic songwriting duo also contributes my vote for Praise & Worship Song of the Year, “God is Here”. The song also appears on Munizzi’s solo project, and is given a spin by Clark Sheard and company. With a slightly different twist imparted, but not straying too far from the original, the power of this one is in the song itself. Clark Sheard always enhances what is already there, and this is no exception.
Andrae Crouch’s “We Are Not Ashamed” with Mary Mary added to the mix is a beautiful ode with similar key and string structuring.
PAJAM kicks the hotness in on “Don’t Change” which brings daughter Kierra Sheard to the forefront in a one-on-one “talk” with her mom. Some chatting and scatting about being a Christian young lady and from mom’s perspective, the plight of raising a Christian young lady, is
Missy Elliott returns (see Second Chance album review) to join up with Paul Allen and J. Moss on “Go Ahead” for an unforgettable flow full of pounding beats.
There are too many twists and turns on this project to mention. Just know that this is one to add to your collection. Some great production, full-bodied song selection and trademark vocals make for another complete package.
Clark Sheard continues to be the darling of the industry, not just because of her indelible voice or the star quality she possesses. She has a real story, a powerful testimony and a sweet spirit.
— reviewed by Melanie Clark —
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