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Youthful Praise
Awesome God

Thereís plenty of great East coast church choirs on the Gospel circuit these days, and for the most part, they deliver. Word-based lyrics slathered with plenty of band fire, gutsy soloists and jam-tight, vibrato-laced mass vocals are the fail-safe ingredients.

Youthful Praise out of Bridgeport, Connecticut has got all that, and then some. In fact, theYouthful Praise CD anointed shock delivered by this CD package might be on par with the one you got the first time you heard James Hallís God Is In Control, or Hezekiah Walkerís Live In Toronto.

Famed locally, but until now a legendary rumor elsewhere, the choir has for ten years toiled in the confines of Turnerís Faith Temple (Bishop J.C. White). With this debut and independent project, the 40 voices and band under the joint direction of Shawn Brown and James Hairston burst onto the wider scene, and do so by kicking all things into severe overdrive.

With a rich, well-balanced sound characterized by a steady vibrato that is mellowed just enough to avoid getting too much in your face, Youthful Praise is also strong on disciplined diction.
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They are never relegated to simply a backing choir, but make their presence felt on every track. That's no small feat when you consider the quality of the soloists involved on this CD.

Speaking of which, Awesome God features an absolute power-pack of exclusively female soloists, including guests Melonie Daniels, Lecresia Campbell, Lorraine Stancil and Robin Rowe-Stewart. Daniels is the first to make an impression, on "Ruler". Well-known for her exquisite vocals and astounding range, she delivers all of that on this slow cut, with the choir providing well-balanced support. Penned by Shawn Brown, the song says, "You're the Master of everything...and you see and know, and care".

Tri-City Singer's Robin Rowe-Stewart fosters a smoothed-out, peaceful vibe on the first half of the closing track "My Faith". Instrumentally accompanied only by John Peters on piano, the song features an appropriate and comforting narration before focusing more on the choir and lead vocals for the last half of its run.

Youthful PraiseLorraine Stancil continues this 'gotta hear it to believe it' festival with "He Lives". It's a churchy, organ-heavy number that allows her to go from her lowest tenor range on the first half of the song, to the highest of heights as the song develops. She progressively climbs the octaves with the basic line, "He got up from the grave", using a fascinating mix of low, breathy, whisper-song to falsetto mid-ranges to soaring, glass-shattering, gritty crazy notes. There are times when she combines her entire arsenal in one line, making you truly marvel that this all comes from the same pair of vocal cords. The added mastery of Jonathan DuBose Jr.'s accompany lead guitar work, makes this cut extra memorable. At times, DuBose Jr. makes the instrument take on the role of an ad-libbing lead vocalist, working brilliantly off of Stancil.

The choir tracks "Great and Greater", "Song Of Praise", "Awesome God" and "Deliverance" are strong, melody-driven cuts that will no doubt be heard by many, as they are naturals for ambitious church choirs to tackle. Another note to mention is the lead vocal contribution from Evangelist Gloria White on the ole'-time church pleaser "Keys To The Kingdom".

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With talent this heavy, and God-given gifts so evident, it's a joy to hear an independent project blessed with astounding production values. Producer Jonathan DuBose Jr. does complete justice to this live recording, along with co-producers Brown, Hairston James Robinson, John Smith and Vic Steffans.

In fact, the entire album is a joy, from start to finish. The heights to which Youthful Praise take you will leave you both stunned and at the same time, relieved. Relieved to know that Gospel has discovered yet another creative choir force.

Notice has been served. A new standard has been set.

CLICK HERE for your free RealAudio software downloadFive songs snips from the Awesome God album are available as RealAudio downloads. If you don't have RealAudio, be sure to obtain your free RealAudio player software first, by clicking on the blue RealAudio icon on the right.

Audio DownloadsTo download the 30-second song snips, simply click on the highlighted text below, let stream on RealAudio, and enjoy.

Producers: J. DuBose, S. Brown, J. Hairston, V. Steffans, J. Robinson, J. Smith
album release date: September, 2001
Evidence Gospel

ó reviewed by Stan North ó

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