God Can & God Will
Dottie Peoples. She is called the Songbird of the South,
she has been honored with numerous Stellar Awards in the
traditional categories, and she has toured with Fred
Hammond on the Tour of Life. Now, on her latest project,
God Can & God Will, she presents a superb live album that goes head
to head with the best of traditional and even contemporary Gospel.Producer: Dottie Peoples
You need look no further than the cast who were assembled for this one: Byron Cage and Rev. Gerald Thompson
as choir directors, Bishop Eddie L. Long as M.C. (and
sermonette contributor), Rick Carter on bass and John
Croslan II as musical director. On top of that, when you
consider that the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church
Choir join forces with Dottie’s famed Peoples Choice
Chorale on this project, you realize why this disc reaches
its potential for crazy sound and anointed song.
Dottie can always be counted on to deliver traditional grooves,
and this project is no exception, with cuts like “Faith Is”
and “God Can”. But this time around, it’s the presence of
legitimate contemporary (not to be confused with urban) jams that stand out.
These include “Show Some Sign” and “Nobody Can Do Me”. Music
director John Croslan II deserves much credit for this.
Balladry is not neglected either, with cuts such as
“Compassion” and “All My Help” showing that Dottie has no intention of
relinquishing her Songbird status.
The overwhelming strength of this album is its ‘live’
character. Recorded at Atlanta’s New Birth Missionary
Church, the energy flows from the opening introduction by
Bishop Eddie Long, and builds momentum through to the finale –the electifying live remake of Dottie’s hit
“Testify”. This is the best Dottie People’s album yet.
reviewed by Stan North —
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