Kimberly Brown
By His Stripes

Former Sounds of Blackness member Kimberly Brown brings an easy listening Gospel flow to this, her debut solo release. As choir director of two Minneapolis-based Gospel ensembles, she brings her significant experience to the fore, backed by quality production and solid lyrics.

With ten scripturally-based songs comprising the set, Brown's smooth and soothing alto/tenor vocals are the Kimberly Brown CDpredominant focus throughout. Citing both CeCe Winans and Russ Taff as vocal inspirations, these eclectic influences are both heard on the disc.

Brown has a vocal inflection remarkably similar to Winans at some points, as well as to Oleta Adams. As for Russ Taff, check out the inspired interpretation of his hit "We Will Stand", which comes complete with full backing vocals from the combined efforts of Capital City COGIC Choir and the Minnesota Mass Choir.

All songs from this project mesh smoothly into a quiet storm vibe, or would even find themselves welcome as vocal interludes in a smooth jazz format. Any time taken to find this album would be worthwhile.

(This CD may be hard to find; if it's not at your local Gospel music store, you can order it directly from the artist, by emailing her)

Producer: Kimberly Brown
album release date: spring 1999
Sisyphus Records

reviewed by Stan North

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