Something To Sing
Original Soundtrack Album
A soundtrack is supposed to reflect the movie it stems from. This soundtrack
to the made-for-television Billy Graham-sponsored
Something To Sing About does just that. Nearly all the cuts
come straight from the music you
hear in the movie (see movie review).Producer: Brent Jones
the suprisingly-seasoned singing voice of former Family Matters cast member
Darius McCrary throughout (he also stars in the movie), the album
also features the production and songwriter of longtime urban
Gospel innovator, Brent Jones (see
interview). (It's probably also relevant to note that while Kirk Franklin does
have a role in the movie, he
does not appear on the soundtrack.)
Jones takes songs such as "Move That Mountain", "Blessed Assurance" and "Rejoice" turns them
around a bit so their familiar melodic strains catch a whiff of street.
Not necessarily urban, they're far enough beyond the usual arrangement
to generate broad-based appeal from a target
audience not necessarily looking for a jeep-bumpin' experience.
McCrary provides a soulful, interpretation of "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" (which seems to be
a prerequisite for Gospel soundtracks in recent years), which begins simply with
before heading off into a rhythmic full-band ending. There's a similar pattern to "Take My Hand
Precious Lord". Backed by a 6-voice ensemble, organ and rhythm quickly
tie a bouncy, dance-mix-influenced sound to the Thomas Dorsey classic.
Full interview with soundtrack producer Brent Jones
about the movie.
Album review of Brent Jones and TP Mobb album
Musical Supervisor for the soundtrack, Neily Dickerson, operates Church Howse Music.
profile of her emerging record label.
Something To Sing About Website
Also included in the mix of cuts are a number of orchestral themes from the movie score some
solid work from the pen of composer James Covell. The occasional touch of movie dialogue
is just right to provide some context to the music, yet doesn't distract either.
With Anointed's previously-released hit, "Under The Influence" plus an
engaging title track
duet from Johnny Britt and Donna McAfee rounding out the CD, this project is
sure to please those looking for a musical reminder of the inspiring movie.
Musical Supervisor: Neily Dickerson
album release date: June, 2000
World Wide Pictures
reviewed by Stan North —
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