Reverend George C. Searight & Royal Priesthood
Designed For Praise
Here’s a choir that has earned the respect of those who have heard them.
An in-the-pocket band combined with steady, tight choir vocals
make Royal Priesthood capable of jamming like very few others.
Coming out of the Abundant Life Family Worship Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and under the pastorship and
leadership of Rev. George Searight, this choir emerged with
their debut, self-titled project back in 1994, on the short-lived
talent-heavy Proclaim Records. However, due to the
demise of the label soon after their album was released, it
never got the attention it deserved.Producers: Clay Bogan III
album release date: August, 1999
Zooming to 1999, Priesthood is back with their independently-released
Designed For Praise, which brings together some of the same
East coast Gospel elements that garnered choir attention on their
debut, in part because Clay Bogan III continues to have a firm grip
on the production reigns, and also on keys and song
The sanctified party jam of the album is Craig Hayes’ “Trust
Him”, with Antwan Barrett-Searight taking the bass line for a
wild ride, laying the track for a smoking groove. Also prominent
are the large number of quality cuts that are more ballad than
bump. Tyretta Meadows' smooth soprano lead on “Changed
My Name” and the encouraging “You Don’t Wanna Miss” are notable
in this category.
The uplifting invitational “You Have
A Place To Go”, featuring Rev. Searight’s vocals with call and
response from the choir, is also worthy of mention. Searight
also contributes vocally to “Like As A Deer”, which features
the Abundant Life Family youth choir, Chosen Generation, and
exquisite ad-libbing from the leads.
It’s always a good thing to see artists continuing with their
vision, paying little heed to adversity. Previous record label
difficulties have not prevented this choir from remaining an
East coast flava collective to reckon with.
reviewed by Stan North —
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