Stephen A. Hurd & Corporate Worship
Minister Stephen Hurd sets the stage for his debut choral
release, with the go-go inspired first track “We’re Gonna Have
a Good Time”. This is, perhaps, an understatment, as he and his choral group, Corporate
Worship, ensure that you have a great time in worship
and praise with them.Producers: Stephen Hurd, Sean T. Deveaux
Hurd The Word Music
Hurd, an accomplished writer, producer and choral director, cut
his teeth on some solid gospel foundations. His previous work
is with the late Donald Vails’ DC Choral Kaleidoscope
and Gospel Music Workshop of America projects. He has
now stepped out on his own to do what is apparently near to
his heart – praise and worship.
“We’re Gonna Have A Good Time” showcases Hurd’s love for and
ability to engage the listener in the worship experience.
Sometime comedic, sometimes serious, always inviting, Hurd
proves to be a diverse yet consistent worship leader. The
production on this project is not clouded with “extras”, giving
a pure, at church feel.
“I’ve Gotta Praise”, puts onto track that 'interlude music' you
hear in your head when something good happens to you. You
know…the music you wish you had on hand sometimes when you
find that twenty-dollar bill, or you get a promotion at your
job? Straight shouting music – still praise.
Minister Hurd writes and/or arranges on seven of the eleven
tracks. Other tracks are penned by such notables as Sandra
Crouch (the infectious island jam, “Goodbye World”) and Glen Woodward (“Jesus”)
of CLC fame.
Of particular note is Hurd’s solo effort on the praise ballad
“Your Glory”, a raw rendering of heartfelt praise. In true
praise song fashion, simple-versed and ever modulating,
this song takes you to the proverbial “there”, purely
on its sincerity and unrehearsed feel.
Though musical content is solid on this project, it is Hurd’s
obvious joy in praise and worship and his ability to make
this joy a corporate experience that makes this project one
to check out.
(This CD may be hard to find; if it's not
at your local Gospel music store, you can order it
directly from the record company, at 301-372-6602)
reviewed by Melanie Clark —
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