Kathy Taylor-Brown and Favor
In a vocal powerhouse of an Aleho debut, Kathy Taylor-Brown and Favor
speakers with a beautiful and glorious collection of song arrangements. Blessed with rich vocals that combine
a roundness of tone with a trace a grit, Taylor-Brown's work on this project will make many wonder
why they haven't heard of her before. Singer, songwriter, arranger and musician, her gifted expression in all these facets
are wonderfully mature.Producer: Sanchez Harley
album release date: November 16, 1999
In fact, she's not been a stranger. As a long-time favorite at the GMWA, and a seasoned soloist on numerous
GMWA Mass Choir recordings, she and her gifted ensemble were
previously Kathy Brown and the Choraleers.
Newly named, and fronted by Taylor-Brown, the seven-member Favor resounds throughout Taylormade,
and especially on the
incredibly powerful worship-filled anthem, “Hallelujah to the Lamb”.
As one of two cuts on the project written by Gospel’s hit-master V. Michael McKay, it’s a nine-minute-plus show-stopper
with a quality that make it zing by in seemingly half that time. With Taylor-Brown pouring out the
praise, Favor supports with a string of impacting lyrical lines that modulate through "Worthy is the Lamb" to "Jesus is the
Lamb", climaxing with heart-felt rendering at "Just as I am". Very powerful.
"Amazing Grace" is another one to put a star beside, as
the strong melodic line is worked to its max. This version of the familiar classic is far removed from
its original tune, although its elements are discernable. The testimony-laced "Trusting and Believing" is a simple in tune and in lyric, which is likely
why it is so effective. It's a thoroughly appropriate style used by
testify of the child-like faith necessary in all situations. "Don't Wanna" is another memorable cut, and one which takes on a very slightly
funky vibe while speaking to not wanting to 'get caught up in the things of the world. Don't wanna!".
The hallmark of the project are the clean vocal lines, serving to emphasize the lyrics
which are consistent in their strong
scriptural foundation. Indeed, one of the beautiful things about this project is
the ministering and sincere spirit that overlays every track.
Producer Sanchez Harley handles the marvelous vocal textures brilliantly
on this live recording. Musical director Michael Robinson also excels,
ensuring a tight, clean and uncluttered mix of organ, drums, bass and guitar leave plenty space for the
supertight vocals and harmonies.
It’s been a long time coming for Houston-based Kathy Taylor-Brown. Waiting is
often a good
thing, with this album being a sure testimony to that.
Aleho International Music
reviewed by Stan North —
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