MDM and Voices
I Found The Answer
A single spin in the CD player gives ample evidence for why this
independently-released album ranked number one on the MP3.com Gospel download
charts for weeks. Gloriously soulful and urbanly diverse, MDM and Voices
offers up a Gospel treat that further solidifies Texas’ reputation
for being a Gospel hotbed.Producers: Gerard Hairston, Jimmy Miller
album release date: October, 1999
Under the direction and considerable influence of 23- and 25-year old brothers
and Myron Williams, this urban youth choir brings both smooth groove and
heavy bounce to their debut album, I Found The Answer, on Myriad Records.
Both brothers substantially contribute with regards to songwriting, vocals and
Keyboard cat Bobby Sparks (known for his association with Kirk Franklin and the Family)
renowned touch to "Push It Up", a song which falls into that bounce
category. In reference to pushing ‘your burdens to the Lord’, the cut
features a rapid shuffling rhythm track and frequent DJ-like ad libs.
Sparks also appears on "POWER", with lead vocals from Carla Williams and
also Demarcus and Myron Williams, setting off a synth-based,
Another strength to this project lies in its numerous strong praise
and worship melodies, including cuts such as "Sincere Praise", "He Chose Me", "There" and "I Worship You
(For Who You Are)". Longtime Gospel veteran Loris Holland
gets involved as keyboardist, on backing vocals and also as songwriter on "Help
Is On The Way" as well as several other numbers. V. Michael McKay’s
"Upon This Rock" is a raucous Gospel romp with both Demarcus
and Myron Williams trading lead vocals over the semi-traditional and
jazz-inflected vibe established by band and choir. Then there's the hype title cut, which has a fresh disco/house edge and threatens to bop even the most staid head.
An intriguing thing about this album is its concluding track. With all the contemporary studio finesse throughout, the final cut is a
very churchy, very traditional take of "Meet Me There", featuring a cameo by Richard "Mr. Clean" White.
With some of the same elements that made God's Property so popular, MDM and Voices will remind many of
their fellow-Texan choir contemporaries. However, don't be confused. This group doesn't even come
close to being a GP knock-off. The material is original, and their anointing to sing urban praise is evident from track one.
You can never have
too much anointing.
reviewed by Stan North —
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