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Edwin Hawkins and Bishop Walter Hawkins presents Music & Arts Love Fellowship
Conference Mass Choir
Good God —Southern California Project

Anything with the names of Edwin Hawkins and Bishop Walter Hawkins stamped on it merits detailed inspection. Still going strong after all of these decades, these two Gospel pioneers continue to support, drive and offer platforms for Gospel artists from all over.

Recorded live in California in both Los Angeles and Long Beach, the Good God album is filled with great choir numbers —13 tracks in all, with production from Edwin Hawkins and CDsuperb instrumental support from renowns such as Jonathan Dubois, Joel Smith, Andre Gouche, Donald Hayes, Derrick Hall and David Blakely.

The album also has its fair share of anointed guest vocalists. Supreme songstress Melonie Daniels solos on a couple of songs, making them highlights on that basis alone. The mid-tempo title track from the pen of Derrick Hall showcases Daniels’ incredible range over choir and Donald Hayes’ echoing saxophone.

Daniels then duets with Kelvin Lenox on his own composition, “The Comforter Has Come”. With the tonality of their voices contrasting marvelously as they testify that God has not forgotten us, the song’s melody is brought forward by the choir’s smooth phrasing.

Richard Smallwood and Pamela Tribitt both lend their vocals to the praise “None Like You”, beginning with spoken word on top of the stacked choir Melonie Danielsharmonies. Chicago’s beloved Queenie Lennox takes lead on “How Deep Is Your Love”.

Songwriter Montage Pheleon contributes the rhythmically intense “The Best Is Yet To Come”, with Cory Briggs’ tenor marking the song. Lannie Robertson writes “Pressing On” and joins in vocals with Kelvin Lenox with a laid-back groove.

Perhaps the centerpiece of the album is “Holy and Acceptable”. The piece begins with Eric Reed's introspective piano ripplings, and then unfolds with Cory Briggs lead vocals intertwining with the choir’s drawn chords, always culminating in the song’s hook, a descending line in minor key.

The album contains some catchy choir-only pieces as well, including Laird Sillimon’s jazzy “That’s What You Are To Me” and the gorgeous album closing ballad, “Melody Of Love”.

Should you get your hands on this one? Yes, you should.


Producer: Edwin Hawkins
album release date: August, 2002
independent


— reviewed by Stan North


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