Yet Will I Praise Him
Heads are turning to San Diego as the place to watch for gifted new
Gospel artists. Already, the impact of artists from the area is being
felt, with new artists such as Tonéx (and associated groups), Sackcloth
Fashion, Unity Klan and Jah Word all hailing from the area.Producers: Greg McKinney, Glenn McKinney, Tina Wilson
album release date: August, 1999
Tina Wilson, hailing from Texas but claiming San Diego as home more
recently, slams into the scene with a contemporary blitz of mostly
solo cuts on “Yet Will I Praise Him”, which is the first of an
ambitious series of Gospel projects from Topic Records, based in...San Diego.
It would be a mistake to pin Wilson as a new artist, since she was
previously heard as one of the lead soloists in The Voices of Fulfillment,
a community-based choir lead by Minister Eddie Baltrip (you can catch their
1997 release Glory to His Name on Fortress Records). But this offering
is a departure from the choir scene, and takes on a completely different
Her style is no-doubt mellow contemporary, and Wilson carries the album
on the strength of her vocals, which showcase her gift for acrobatics
and inventive turns of phrase. With an impressive 15 tracks, there
really is no room for second guessing. This girl can sing.
Song collaborator and producer Greg McKinney writes much of the material, which
Wilson interprets freely and soulfully. Songs making an impact include
the title track (“Yet Will I Praise Him”) which begins with a simple
melody line, moving to an increasingly intricate weave of lead and
backing vocals on the chorus. It's nice.
“I Surrender” is another chill
vibe that is set off by the catchy chorus hook sung by contrasting
vocals from Kenny Turner (Not my will, but thine / Let self be
crucified, every day I have to die / I surrender all / No more I,
but it’s Christ / I surrender all).
The short acappella cuts “Victory Is Mine” and “Real” are quite fine,
and there’s also some nice re-arrangements of a few church classics
thrown into the mix (“I Need Thee”, "Awesome God", “Have Thine Own Way”).
The vibe on the disc is consistent throughout, so much so, that
shaking in some more variety of beats and sounds would make the
project more spicy. But that’s a small point, in an album that
is bound to make more heads turn westward, San Diego way.
reviewed by Stan North —
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