Rodney Posey and Praise
Rodney Posey was introduced to the Gospel nation by Donald Lawrence in 1994. With an
assembly of special guests, the debut album (Donald Lawrence Presents Rodney Posey Live in Praise
and Worship with The Whitfield Company), was warmly welcomed as Posey presented his praise-filled
"Like a child, I can run to Him,
Now, with a sophomore release
five years after the debut, it is evident that some things have remained
constant. Posey demonstrates that his gift for straight out praise has increased, and Donald Lawrence
remains involved, with significant production and song-writing contributions.
However, this time round there's even more, for El Shaddai marks the introduction of Posey's own 12-voice
vocal ensemble, Praise. (Interestingly, the talented
solo artist Darwin
Hobbs, is listed in the album credits as a group member for the project, although Hobbs
doesn't take on any solo responsibilities on this project.) Praise provides well-balanced and tightly-knit
vocals all the way through.
The awesomely-grooved title cut is making waves in radio with its steady flow
and looped tracks. Likewise, "Wailing to Dancing" is a successful jam with a calpyso beat and sound.
Both songs are penned and produced by Donald Lawrence. However, most of the other tracks on the project
are more laid back, and foster more of an eyes-close, hands-up praise. Lawrence handles these as brilliantly as
he does the grooves, recruiting renowned arranger Paul Riser (known for his work on R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly") to lay
down the swelling string tracks (courtesy of the string
section of The Detroit Symphony Orchestra) behind Posey's and Praise's vocals on
selections such as "Holy" and "Lord I Worship You".
Another difference from the debut project, is the inclusion of Fred Hammond
throughout the credits, as he makes his
contributions not just as musician (bass, keys, drum programming) and producer, but also as co-songwriter with Kim Rutherford on three cuts.
With Praise backing
Posey's soaring lead vocals throughout, Hammond sensitively renders a sound appropriate to Posey's style.
A case in point is "My Father", which is a
clear ballad with fresh lyrics:
Daddy loves me, my Father cares for me"
But Hammond also takes Posey to the other side of soft, with "I Will Rejoice",
which has a slightly edgier and funkier sound. In fact, from start to finish, El Shaddai offers an refreshing combination
of swelling praise ballads and jams.
His first entry onto Gospel stage was welcomed. This long overdue sophomore release establishes him as one of Gospel's most
gifted praise artists. Welcome back Rodney Posey!
Also check out Rodney Posey's involvement with The Ninth
Street Baptist Workshop Choir
Producers: Donald Lawrence,
Fred Hammond, Michael J. Powell
album release date: October 5, 1999
reviewed by Stan North —
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