A Woman's Journey
Vickie Winans, Brenda Nicholas…..Sallye Jones, Monique Hawkins-Flott. Here’s a compilation that pulls together a collage of cuts from female artists both nationally known and regionally honored. A Woman’s Journey from Reaching Records puts a distinctive female viewpoint on God’s good news. Producer: John Redmond
album release date: March, 2001
Certainly, attention to this project is garnered by the inclusion of big songs, notably Vickie Winans’ interpretation of the Marvin Winans-penned classic, “Can I Build (My Home In You)?”.
Brenda Nicholas singing “It Is Well (With My Soul)” is also something that never grows tired.
But as Reaching Records record exec. John Redmond would no doubt admit, once your attention is gotten, it’s hard to pull away, for the several other songs on this project grab with equal force. The names may not be as well known, but no matter.
The rousing opening cut (“Praise the Lord!”) comes from the female group, Full Assurance, based in Orlando, Florida. Decatur’s Sallye Jones makes wonderful work in interpreting (and making her own) the Yolanda Adams hit, “The Battle Is The Lord’s”. In a similar traditional vein, Monique Hawkins-Flott sings out the hymn “I Must Tell Jesus”.
Choir representation is strong on the inspirational “Giving God The Highest Praise”, with Doris Jones out in front of the New Life SDA Church "Diva" Choir, out of Huntsville, Alabama. The same part of the country boasts the Oakwood College Aeolians, who deliver a gentle rendition of the lullaby, “God Loves His Children”, with Paula Wallace singing lead.
Ellen Fitzgerald Cherry and Cynthia Redmon both express experiential testimonies on their respective cuts.
Rounding out the collection is a dramatic cut, “Can You Take This Pain Away?” that succeeds in pulling you in to the drama. Featuring the rounded tones of Lorrie Lewis-Lyles and spoken interludes, the John Redmon song gives a modern spin on the Good Samaritan parable.
Eleven tracks of God-praising variety, it's A Woman's Journey.
reviewed by Stan North —
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