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 MDM and Voices CDsolidifies Texas’ reputation for being a Gospel hotbed.

Under the direction and considerable influence of 23- and 25-year old brothers Demarcus 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 instrumentation.

Keyboard cat Bobby Sparks (known for his association with Kirk Franklin and the Family) brings his 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, hip-hop-influenced jam.

Another strength to this project lies in its numerous strong praise and Demarcus and Myron Williamsworship 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 contemporaryMDM and Voices 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.

Producers: Gerard Hairston, Jimmy Miller
album release date: October, 1999
Myriad Records

— reviewed by Stan North

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