Ryan Carty
Journey to Purpose

Ryan Carty is about to redefine British Gospel music with his distinctive neo-soul sound. Carty's polished debut album, Journey to Purpose, is an amazing collection of songs from the London newcomer. The album does exactly what its title says and that is, take you on a journey.

Carty's voice is mature and sounds uniquely British. He seems destined to plug the gap in the British neo-soul genre. The opening track "Gratitude" is a mid-tempo song that makes you want to throw your hands in the air or get down on your knees and give thanks to the Lord.

CD  Nine of the eleven tracks featured on this project were written by the artist. The beautifully crafted "Words Cannot Explain" one of three ballads was written jointly with Carty and respected UK worship leader and gospel artist Noel Robinson.

"Won't Quit" is an uplifting cut with strong, positive lyrics and heavy bassline. It is also one of seven catchy dance projects on the album which will appeal to the youth.

"Lord Revive Me" demonstrates Carty's exceptional song-writing skills, which he has developed since winning the Talk Gospel Award at the age of 15. Cartyís singing career began at the Greater Faith Ministries were he became a Christian at the age of 10. He now continues to attend GFM where he is the worship leader and director of the youth Choir.

The project features two additional appearances from the growing camp of Britainís gospel artists, the first being Watchman. "Now Iím Ready" has a noticeable Caribbean/reggae vibe with strong vocals from Watchman giving it a winning and appealing sound. Jahaziel is featured on "Didnít You Know", an up-tempo dance track. Cartyís and Jahazielís vocals gel together well and add spiritual energy into the song.

"Unconditional Love" has a classic neo-soul sound and is reminiscent of Cartyís musical influences (which include Musiq Soulchild, Fred Hammond and Kim Burrell.) This song reminds us of Godís love. Cartyís emotionally charged performance makes the track one of the strongest on the CD.

Journey to Purpose is a pleasure to listen to. By the time you get to the last track youíll be disappointed when you realize that itís over. At 23 years of age, Carty is truly a remarkably talented individual and a blessing to an already flourishing UK gospel scene.

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Production: Various
album release date: 2008

— review by Donna Marshall

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