You Are My Everything
It’s got to be a little difficult to capture the energy of Lorraine Stancil
on track. I’ve seen her kick off shoes, muss her hair, and just go plumb crazy
in the name of Jesus, but the reckless abandon she ministers with is in direct
contrast to the control she possesses over her voice. Virtually unknown
to many who consider themselves Gospel fans, a knowledge of who Stancil
is separates the boys from the men. She possesses one of the greatest
voices of the genre. With a range that goes from top to bottom, and
a versatility that goes from here to there, Stancil is without a doubt
one of the most unsung songstresses out there. If you don’t know, you
need to know. Producers: Kevin Stancil, John Peters, Dave Blake
album release date: August, 1999
With her sophomore release, and her first on SGM / Anointed Sounds Records,
Stancil delivers another to add to your collectors bin. A twelve track offering,
she revives herself on You’re My Everything, along with two songs
rearranged and re-recorded
from her debut release.
“Everyday with Jesus” is one of those re-emergent tunes. Already a favorite
from the first time, Stancil takes the song to new heights with her
always-exceptional vocals, backed by an equally superb musical groove,
arranged by Terence Kitchings.
“The Lord is Using Me”, is the other; a sweet slow swing that affords
Stancil the time to stretch out and exercise her full upper range.
As she aptly dances upward to the nether regions of anybody’s reach,
she makes you wish the song would go on forever. But don’t float
away, she’ll take you from there to the depths of her range (in the
last 25 seconds of the track) that will quickly make you forget where
you just were.
From there, the new material is as nice. “You’ve Been Good”, a ballad to
our Beloved, also smoothly showcases her range; ending up in the type
of take-it-home drive that makes Gospel Gospel. “I Will Bless the Lord” takes
standard blues chords and changes the tone with with words of praise.
A pleasant recorded surprise is the hymn “‘Tis So Sweet”. Rendered
acappella, it is a testimony to the sharpness and clarity that Stancil’s
You name it, it’s covered here on this project. From “Talk It Over With
Jesus” complete with cadence reminiscent of a choir march-in song,
to the sweet melody of traditional “Close To Thee” done only as Stancil
can do it, the project flows nicely both musically and vocally.
Producer and son, Kevin Stancil does as good a
job as possible catching lightening in a bottle.
If you haven’t acquainted yourself with Lorraine Stancil’s voice,
you should. If you know her, you’ll be happy to know she just keeps
getting better and better. You’re My Everything is but a
sampling of the breadth of her gift, but as superb as it is, trust
me, that’s all you could handle!
SGM / Anointed Sounds Records
reviewed by Melanie Clark —
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