WOW Gospel 2005
With the 2005 set, Verity Records in cooperation with EMI, Word, associated Zomba labels and several others compile the latest and greatest to give us a compacted year in review.
This year divided among studio and live sets, WOW Gospel 2005 highlights the city of Washington, DC. The studio-focused Disc One features from Fred Hammond's "Celebrate (He Lives)" from the heralded Somethin' Bout Love project, to the PureSprings Gospel debut of Vicki Yohé with "Because of Who You Are". This worship ballad is penned by Martha Munizzi, who makes her own out-front appearance on the live Disc Two with "Glorious".
Traditional appearances include Keith Wonderboy Johnson's "Let Go and Let God" and Shirley Caesar and Greater Grace flashback to "I'm Going to Wait", both residing on the live disc.
Stellar smash winner Tonéx weighs in with radio favorite "Make Me Over", and newness shows up with Micah Stampley's fresh take on the CCM standard "Take My Life" for TD Jakes, and PAJAMís new male trio group 21:03 with the hot harmonies on "Sweet Spirit".
Smokie Norful appears both solo with "Can't Nobody" and also as the push behind Darrel Petties & SIP. With a forthcoming project on EMI Gospel, they render "Glory Hallelujah" and in so doing, manage to cover traditional and contemporary formats in one blow doing both well.
With so many great projects in 2004, it's tough to narrow down the best to even two discs. And with what's around the corner, seems like next year's edition will be an even more arduous task!
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— reviewed by Melanie Clark —
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