Bishop Paul S. Morton
Crescent City Fire
They say not to judge a book by it's cover. Same holds true for a CD,
and this is an excellent case in point. A menacing Bishop Paul S.
Morton Sr., complete with fedora and dark shades, doesn't quite
mesh with inside audio content. Crescent City Fire brings
it to you on a whole different level. Producers: Sanchez Harley and Percy Bady
album release date: July 20, 1999
The presiding Bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship has
already demonstrated his capabilities as both a powerful vocalist
and a gifted songwriter on numerous Greater St Stephen's Mass
Choir projects, and two Full Gospel Fellowship Baptist
Mass Choir projects.
With this solo project --his Gospo Centric debut-- Morton
brings a highly personal introspective to the Gospel arena.
Morton states up front that God used the "wilderness of a breakdown"
to speak intimately to him.
Forgoing lyrical clichés, Morton dives to the heart with deep
songwriting and powerful testimony, with topics centering around
gratitude, deliverance and spiritual warfare. Evident from the joyous lyric contained within the album's 12 tracks, God has once again turned mourning into dancing,
and has worked everything out for the good for those that love Him.
Particularly striking and personal is "Order", with poetic
and genuine lines such as: "The Spirit of the Lord led me into
my mind to be tempted by the devil….oh there got to be a very
good reason, when the Spirit, when He leads me."
Songwriter/producer Percy Bady brings a righteous rhythmic
punch to selections such as "Grateful" and "I Have Authority",
while veteran Gospel producer Sanchez Harley delivers with
his usual capability on the remaining tracks. While Morton may
not have the same vocal fluidity as he used to, and at times sounds
a little strained, it is his heartfelt renderings from start to
finish that make this project shine.
Although the Greater St. Stephen's Mass Choir is not present
to encourage the Bishop on this recording (Morton is signed only
as a solo artist with Gospo Centric), the supporting cast of
Lonnie Hunter and the Voices of St. Mark, Visions:
A Choral Ministry, and Lamar Campbell and Spirit of
Praise take on the choir role with gusto. Additional
backing vocals from seasoned studio session voices such as
Melonie Daniels, Nathan Young, Duane Starling and
Ann McCreary round out the cast.
With an intensity and a vocal brightness not often associated
with studio recordings, and with powerfully anointed songs,
this album comes recommended.
reviewed by Stan North —
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