Richard "Mr. Clean" White
I'm Glad

Richard "Mr. Clean" White is a gospel supernova. A gospel preacher and evangelist with a distinctive voice, 'Mr. Clean' has traveled extensively throughout the country and abroad.

He is a bona fide songwriter with memorable hits to his name including "The Will of God" (originally recorded by a young Karen Clark Sheard with the Southwest Michigan State Choir), "Your Tears" and "I Don't Want To Lose Touch with You" (recorded by Bishop Paul S. Morton), "Jesus Dropped the Charges" (recorded by The O' Neal Twins), "Jesus Is A Habit Breaker", "It's Almost Midnight", "Accept What God Allows" and "God Is Not Through Blessing You". James Cleveland presented "Mr. Clean" on his first LP in 1980.

CDIn 2011, Myron Williams celebrated the artistry and contributions of Bishop White by recording him during the International Women's Convention of the Church of God in Christ. The CD, titled I'm Glad, opens with an introduction from Williams followed by the bouncy "Get The Glory" which you can hear every church choir in America singing on Sunday morning as their opening number.

"Let the Healing Begin" is a song of a few words that packs a powerful punch. White takes time out to minister the message of healing and reconciliation and that ointment flows through the recording onto the listener. It's a 7-minute masterpiece that you will want to listen to again and again.

White shares portions of his testimony throughout the project, as the selections are all written from his life experiences. "When It Really Counts" is a testament to the faithfulness and consistency of God when friends leave and deceive. "In the Hills" is inspired by Psalm 121 and reminds us that our help comes from the Lord.

Myron Williams and Dorinda Clark-Cole join White on "God's Got A Blessing For You". Dorinda is in her rightful place as she sings the extended version of "Taking It Back" (not really. but it fits). White gives a rousing sermonette which leads into a "Mr. Clean Praise Break" (reminiscent of the one on Accept What God Allows). The only element missing here is the dynamic organ playing of Twinkie Clark (now everybody help me say it, "Don't hit that note, Twinkie!").

The height of the project is the infectious title cut, "I'm Glad (I don't look like what I've been through)". As White is a survivor of triple bypass and gallbladder removal, he can sing "I don't look like what I've been through" with certainty and conviction.

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Production: Various
album release date: November, 2012
Flow Entertainment

— review by Gregory Gay

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