Deitrick Haddon — Masterpiece
CD The album kicks into a lighter, more fun vibe, yet maintaining its message with 'Be Like Jesus' with its sing-along chorus, and hand-clapping groove -classic Deitrick mode. Fans of earlier ... Full review

Tina Campbell — It's Personal
CD Tina Campbell takes listeners through a worship and praise experience and shows her individuality. From the sincerity of "Only Jesus Did It", the foot stomping "Speak The Word", and the treadmill street anthem, " Life", the album offers something for everybody. Perhaps the most... Full review

Karen Clark Sheard — Destined to Win
CD Destined to Win, the sixth solo project from Karen Clark Sheard (and the second solo effort on her Karew Records label) gives die hard KCS fans what they long for; the singer poised to deliver in an environment where she feels most comfortable.... Full review

Ryan Rutley — Reflections
CD On Reflections, Rutley pulls on the expertise of fellow band members Charles Clark and Levi Baker on drums, Darryl Bebee on saxophone and a little family reinforcement from his brother Darrick on bass to give definition and expression to the music.... Full review

Fred Hammond — I Will Trust
CD Yet Hammond eases up on the praise throttle on "His Perfect Love." The song is an extolling serenade of encouragement regarding God's undying and unhindered devotion towards His children. "Lord Have Your Way" reiterates this theory and informs us that we can rest in the peace when we allow... Full review

The Walls Group — Fast Forward
CD Their chart-topping "Perfect People" set gospel stations ablaze with their infectious pop sound while knitted together with novel harmonies and atypical lyrics. It likely forced many to ask, "Who are these kids?"... Full review

Tasha Page-Lockhart — Here Right Now
CD The 11-track project opens with the head-bobbing title track, "Here Right Now." This serves as a testimonial for Page-Lockhart, as it speaks about how she has overcome struggles. It has that Kirk Franklin essence, which is not surprising since he serves as majority songwriter, producer and the album is released... Full review

Andrea McClurkin Mellini —
CD The debut single is the musically intoxicating "God Can." Written by Donnie, Mellini premiered the song last year on BET's hit show Bobby Jones Gospel, which served as an appetizer for the full project. Mellini herself is the primary songwriter on the CD, writing all but four of the tracks. She shares songwriting credits with... Full review

Deitrick Haddon and LXW —
CD Recorded live in front of a capacity crowd at Bishop Noel Jones' City of Refuge Church, Haddon assembled 150 voices, an impeccable rhythm section (fronted by brother Gerald Haddon) and selectively handpicked some of gospel's greatest artists for guest appearances... Full review

Kierra Sheard — Graceland
CD As the disc continues its grace overture, the underlying message of Twinkie Clark's "He'll Turn Your Scars into Stars" is prominently featured in "You Don't Like What You See". Canton Jones makes his cameo in the stylistically urban yet unashamedly Christian "Repin' My God". The 'not to be missed' comes in the... Full review

Chanel Haynes — Trin-i-tee 5:7 According to Chanel
CD PJ Morton captures the essence and fragrance of Chanel (no pun intended) and the oil flows on "Repay", a song that takes a retrospective look from a grateful and humble heart to thank God for his grace and mercy shown through the course... Full review

David Wright and the NY Fellowship Mass Choir — Next Generation
CD Here you will find "sing it one more time" versions of the Timothy Wright classics such as "Who's On The Lord's Side", "Come Thou Almighty King", "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus" and "Enter His Gates". Wright calls in assistance from Bishop Bruce Parham and Delbert Dove for a new arrangement of the Timothy Wright standard "What A Friend", and there is even a rendition of Wright's (the) "Presence of the Lord" is in... Full review

Ann Nesby — Living My Life
CD The "Queen of Inspirational Soul" impacts her audience by delivering her brand of Life Music (music which ministers to the whole person). This disc is proof of that as it is filled with music that details both the tragedies and triumphs of the human experience. Of significance are the two undeniably... Full review

Mississippi Mass Choir — Declaration of Dependence
CD The music on the disc is vast and varied; nevertheless, Mississippi Mass owns every song and leaves nothing on the table. Of course, your favorite leads are here; Lillian Lily directs traffic (and causes several collisions) on "I Am the Way", Ben Cone is joined by... Full review

Ricky Dillard & New G — Amazing
CD I was intent on offering some versatility in this project. Lillian Lloyd has had the "shout song" on the last two projects and I wanted to give her something that would show her vocal ability and have people find out that Lillian... Full review

Beverly Crawford — Thank You For All You've Done
CD The disc was recorded live at Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, with Paul Jackson and Antioch's Voices of Praise serving as the backing ensemble. Michael Bereal and James Roberson handle production duties, as they have for many years for the award-winning vocalist. The tone is set with the first... Full review

Erica Campbell — Help
CD The title track features Grammy Award winning gospel hip-hop artist Lecrae. On this enduring song of supplication, Campbell liberates her heart and soul as Lecrae's stouthearted rhymes cradle her rich vocals. Surprisingly, Lecrae was not initially... Full review

Donnie McClurkin — Duets
CD After enduring family tragedy with the deaths of his sister and both parents, Pastor Donnie McClurkin re-emerges mightily in Levitical worship. GOSPELflava.com spoke with McClurkin about his new project, Duets... Full review

James Fortune & FIYA — Live Through It
CD The two-disc project showcases FIYA's clear show stopping vocals and melodic lyrics. Songs you definitely want to get loaded on your iPod are "We Give You Glory" which features Grammy-winning Tasha Cobbs and "Let Your Power Fall" featuring Zacardi Cortez, which will take you to... Full review

Feature: Christmas Reviews CD
Christmas albums are here, and we've got the reviews. Check out recent Gospel offerings from last year, from the traditional to the contemporary, from choir to solo, from classic to new... Full review

Walter Hawkins — I Feel Like Singing
CD Remastered and available on CD for the first time since it was first released, I Feel Like Singing is a most welcome keepsake and reminder of the glory days of Walter Hawkins... Full review

Jonathan Butler — Merry Christmas to You
CD When it isn't his solo, he is joined by a few of his good friends: Dave Koz, Rick Braun and a special appearance by his daughter Jodie. The finished product is 8 tracks of holiday bliss. The two-time Grammy-nominated instrumentalist/singer project masterful blend of standard holiday classics... Full review

Various Artists — BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013
CD For the first time, performing rights group BMI has released a live compilation CD of performances from their exclusive, invitation-only Gospel Trailblazers Luncheon. The event is the hottest ticket in town during the annual Stellar Awards, and honors Gospel legends and industry professionals in Gospel Music... Full review

Micah Stampley — Love Never Fails
CD He joins forces with Jamaican songstress Chevelle Franklyn, one of Jamaica's leading psalmists, on "How He Loves Me." You will definitely feel the like you're in the midst of the islands with this joyous reggae tune. "Because I travel often, especially to the islands, I have plenty of.. Full review

Norman Hutchins — Hosanna
CD "Already Done Enough" and "If You Don't Praise Him" hit the bulls-eye for the fans of traditional gospel; "Season of Miracle" has an 80's gospel choir flare. One selection that should to gain airplay is the passionate... Full review

B-Luv — Growth
CD Augmenting "Pomp and Circumstance" is a brilliant concept, bringing in Isaiah Tate for a tit-for-tat style lyrical duet, with B. Reith adding finishing touches. The best part about this album is that nearly every song has its own feel, from the head-banging tracks like "unTitled", "Grow" and "The Gospel", to the smooth "Guidance", "The Vow"... Full review

Donald Lawrence — 20-Year Celebration Vol. 1, Best For Last
CD Together, Lawrence and the Company bring to life some of Lawrence's classic hits as well as some new fresh new material, with plenty of razzle-dazzle guest solo appeal mixed in. Lawrence reunites Ted Winn and Sheri Jones Moffett (aka 'Ted and Sheri') to sing their ... Full review

Keith Williams — Tone For Worship
CD "Tone for Worship", the title cut, is set against a groove track, but the lyrics drawn from inspiration of Psalm 42 take precedence and the fragrance of worship permeates the latter half of the song. Then there's "Anticipation". How can... Full review

Earnest Pugh — The W.I.N. Experience - Worship In Nassau
CD Earnest Pugh enlists label mates Vincent Tharpe and Kenosis on background vocals, and the group delivers pitch-perfection. Cedric Thompson's expert hand at production is evident from start to finish on this consistently... Full review

Sheena Lee — Destiny
CD Bishop Hezekiah Walker joins Lee on "Cry for Grace", a heartfelt plea for the grace and mercy of God to fill the heart of every believer dealing with tough times. Lee's relevant message of hope flows throughout the project... Full review

Vicki Yohe — Free Worshipper
CD The stand-out cut on the project is "I Know A Name", a smooth, mid-tempo song with a nice groove and a bridge and drive that distinguishes it from the other tracks on the project. They get it just right with the musical composition and lyrics on this one... Full review

Tammy Trent — Sunny Days
CD After taking some time off, Tammy Trent has returned with Sunny Days. Trent couldn't have chosen a better title, as you feel the light of love throughout the entire project. No stranger to the industry, the artist has been featured... Full review

Tye Tribbett — Greater Than
CD The invitation to worship is a work of art in its own right; simplicity in unison before complex musical changes and harmonic modulations drive songs like "Greater Than" and "Beauty For Ashes", two songs that you can expect to hear time and again from... Full review

D-MAUB — Missing Peace
CD Off the bat, the album kicks into high gear with "G-Code", a hard-hitting Midwest style song featuring Canton Jones, which talks about everyday living in Christ. This song starts off as your typical Rick Ross-sounding summer song except the production by Tone Jonez takes... Full review

Hezekiah Walker — Azusa: The Next Generation
CD The guest appearances on this album are impressive, and include Deitrick Haddon, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Pastor John P. Kee, Brian Courtney Wilson, and Love Fellowship Choir alumnus, Timiney Figueroa. And yes, the legendary Love Fellowship Choir is featured on the project but is extended to include the over 500-voice Azusa Mass Choir lifting their voice in praise... Full review

Moses Tyson Jr. — Music 2:
CD You will find his signature calling card on "Near the Cross". There is a joyous tribute to Al Bell (whom Tyson got a chance to work with in the 90's at Bellmark Records) with a cover of The Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There". There is also a wonderful rendition of Luther Barnes' "The Other Shore" featuring... Full review

We Live As Kings (WLAK) —
CD Just when you're expecting pure lyricism and hard hitting beats from most of these tracks, you get the blend of soul and into more mature love themes with songs that include "Eyes For You" and "W.L.A.Q." which covers everything from father-daughter relationships to husband-wife relationships. W.L.A.K. doesn't stop there. Worship-themed songs such as... Full review

Fred Hammmond & United Tenors —
CD Dave Hollister, Eric Roberson and Brian Courtney Wilson join Hammond to deliver powerhouse vocals on this self-titled project. If gospel music was looking for a super group, it's safe to say United Tenors delivers. The project is a... Full review

Shirley Caesar — Good God
CD The song brilliantly revels in its own identity with Pastor Caesar reaching the zenith to emphatically declare, "I know you thought this was the end, but it ain't over yet," and from there, the song goes for another round; and yes every round goes higher and higher. Excitement was stirred with the news that... Full review

Greater Allen Cathedral — Worship Experience CD The album has a refreshing mix of songs that bring together old classics and new worship songs. The choir mixes traditional sounds with a contemporary flair that creates a warm presence on the album. BET Sunday Best finalist Michael Pugh begins the praise party with the leading...

Marica Chisholm — Simply Worship
CD Expectancy is the best word to describe the atmosphere of the recording as it is infused into the project. Marica Chisolm brings in a new generation of songwriters on this album such as EMI Gospel recording artist Tasha Cobbs, who penned the track "Used". This is a simple song... Full review

Tasha Cobbs — Grace
CD The buzz for the album began in the late summer of last year when the album's first single "Break Every Chain" was performed at the 2012 Woman Thou Art Loosed Conference in Atlanta. Tasha Cobbs took the stage and sent the entire arena and millions tuning in via the stream into a strong corporate anointing. The song reminded listeners of... Full review

Da' T.R.U.T.H. — Love, Hope, War
CD Of course, no modern day Hip Hop album is complete without features! Collaborations include Trip Lee, Flame, Thi'sl, and more —just enough to add excitement, and diversity, without turning it into a compilation album... Full review

William Murphy — God Chaser
CD The project opens up with the up-tempo title cut. It's a high energy and has a definitive message of allegiance and commitment to God. The song evokes movement and the chorus is catchy. It's followed up by the first radio single, "You Reign", which has a smooth melodic flow and instantly grabs the listener. The words are declarative and convey a powerful message. The drive seals the deal, instantly marking this song as a potential... Full review

Various Artists — WOW Gospel 2013
CD "Turning Around for Me" from VaShawn Mitchell, Israel Houghton and New Breed's "It's Not Over (When God Is In It)" and the all too short but very potent "God Is On Our Side" from the pen of Andrae Crouch are included. Armed with new determination you will get "Happy" courtesy of EMI Gospel's Tasha Cobbs and emphatically declare with Fred Hammond, "I Feel Good". Interesting enough, that's just a sampling of disc one... Full review

Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers — Bless This House
CD Kurt Carr returns with a two disc set of praise and worship anthems, entitled Bless This House, featuring 24 power-packed songs that ignite the very power of God. Carr says, "I believe I've come into my niche and what my purpose is". One listen to the album authenticates this claim. The entire album was written by Carr; he describes... Full review

Dr. Charles G Hayes and Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir — Back Again
CD Without wasting any time, the choir delves into the up tempo "The Lord Is Able". The bounce is delivered via Proverbs 3:5, as the sopranos, altos and tenors take turns driving the message home. Malcolm Williams pens the churchy, shout-inducing "God Will Supply", leaving the... Full review

Dr. Bill Winston — Bill Winston Presents Living Word: Released
CD Kim Stratton makes a bold statement with "Favor Ain't Fair". The song is not your typical Sunday morning congregational hymn. It fits more into the Sunday evening drive through the park in the convertible with the roof and windows down and the music up. Stratton connects with her jazzy side and delivers. Ed Tucker's "Be Still" is a stirring worship... Full review

Bishop Paul Morton — Best Days Yet
CD The title cut, "Best Days Yet", penned by Donald Lawrence, opens the set and is pure fire. This could clearly be the antiphonal "choral response" to Lawrence's "The Best is Yet to Come". Jules Bartholomew ("God Favored Me", "Faithful Is Our God") contributes "It's Over" with its inimitable NY groove to it. This song is the... Full review

Richard "Mr. Clean" White — I'm Glad
CD "Let the Healing Begin" is a song of a few words that packs a powerful punch. White takes time out to minister the message of healing and reconciliation and that ointment flows through the recording onto the listener. It's a 7-minute masterpiece that you will want to listen... Full review

Troy Sneed — All Is Well
CD On the opener, Troy Sneed delivers a powerful message of triumph over adversity to affirm that when you give your problems to Jesus, you can make a declaration that "All is Well". Troy playfully interjects real life situations as he... Full review

Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis — Live in Memphis
CD The sound is energetic and joyous. Straight out of the gate comes "Mighty God" in all of its gospel glory. Venissia Tharpe catches the vamp and takes you to a small wood floor storefront church for an extended call and answer session. At what appears... Full review

DVD: Various Artists — Ultimate Gospel Video Collection
CD The Ultimate Gospel Video Collection features a 'Best Of' video set from Music World Gospel —a combination of top music videos and two live performances. Pulled from hit artists from the past few years, this... Full review

The CLC Mass Choir — I Still Believe
CD I Still Believe is a 14-tracker full of great songs that will catch the ears of traditional and contemporary Gospel music lovers. Director and veteran songwriter Laird Sillimon produced and wrote the material for much of the project... Full review

Renee Spearman — Whoa to Wow!
CD With Whoa to Wow!, a uniquely titled 8-song set, Renee Spearman sticks to her strength —distinctive songwriting melded to contemporary arrangements that nods to traditional stylings. Backed by.... Full review

Jonathan McReynolds — Life Music
CD Life Music is a 12 song project that touches the very core of your soul. Jonathan McReynolds gives you a mix of gospel, R&B, jazz and neo soul in his delivery, wrapping his vocals around his equally impressive songwriting talent.... Full review

Deon Kipping — I Just Want To Hear You
CD With instrumentation reminiscent of pop, and sequences giving a nod to contemporary Christian sounds and traditional Gospel, the project speaks to the progression of the Gospel sound. This shift is best heard on songs such as the opening track "Heal Again", "Prisoner", and "So Addicted"... Full review

VaShawn Mitchell — Created 4 This
CD The most talked about song on the album is the single "Turning Around For Me", a personal testimony of VaShawn Mitchell's daily affirmation that each day will be better than the day before and that what seems like a temporary setback is purposed for a permanent set up. Check out the lyrics.... Full review

Anthony Brown & group therAPy —
CD "Testimony" is the lead single from this sure-to-be-classic album. The joyous upbeat track shares various accounts of God doing what only He can do; showing up and showing out! From fighting in the courtroom or the boardroom, to feeding your family or healing your body.... Full review

Tamela Mann — Best Days
CD "All To Thee" is an experience of pure worship as Tamela Mann effortlessy delivers the song with every lyric flowing clear and beautifully. Parris Bowens plays the keys with Troy Chambers on organ, with a beautiful string arrangement from Lloyd Barry. Mann shows that.. Full review

Chrystal Rucker — You Deserve
CD "Come Bless His Name" opens the set and Chrystal Rucker delivers the goods in pure Rucker fashion. After that, the experience goes to no-holds-barred. She launches into the title cut, "You Deserve", which would attempt to fool the listener as it begins in stealth mode (sweet and melodic), but be... Full review

Israel Houghton and New Breed — Jesus At The Center
CD "Jesus The Same" kicks off the album and instantly gives you that authentic praise and worship that Israel Houghton is so gifted at bringing. With the world facing turbulent times, it's clear that... Full review

V. Michael McKay — God Talk
CD In V. Michael McKay fashion, the set opens with a friendly disclaimer from the composer himself, i.e. put the children to bed as this is adult conversation (to be interpreted, there are some lessons that you will learn while... Full review

J Moss — V4: The Other Side
CD "Take Me" is a pop inspired track that features introspective lyrics that speak from the heart of a believer that might have lost their way. J Moss' vocals perfectly compliment the sound and feel of the song. Another heart song, "Strong Enough", speaks of... Full review

Damita — Anticipation
CD Title track "Anticipation (Waiting)" is the epitome of a love song to the Lord. Damita does her GOOD singing on this song. With superb production... Full review

Ebony Omar — Single - Living Water
CD Newcomer Ebony Omar brings his first single, "Living Water", to the masses. Check out the background to this new artist, and listen to clip of the single... Full info (with audio)

Byron Cage — Memoirs of a Worshipper
CD The up-tempo cut, "Out Of Them All" has a catchy melody line that will quickly make it a favorite amongst musicians and praise teams. It's intricate enough to be able to appreciate its arrangement and composition, yet... Full review

Jason Nelson — Shifting the Atmosphere
CD With Shifting the Atmosphere, on Verity Records, Jason Nelson's brand of music ministry is exactly what the Gospel music world is looking for. The 12-track project features an array of tempos, sounds, and is chock full of stellar lyrics. Nelson credits the development of his... Full review

Mary Mary — Go Get It
CD Get ready to experience a new vibe to songs like "GOD Bless", "Dirt", and "Can't Get Up Now". It goes without saying this album will introduce new Mary Mary fans to the classic material their dedicated fans have been experiencing since their... Full review

Stephen Hurd — Oh That Men Would Worship
CD The first song to grab you is "Be Strong" featuring Hurd and Minister Deonte Gray of the 7 Sons of Soul on lead. Gray masterfully ministers the song (getting his preach on in the vamp) through exhortations from scripture and personal experience... Full review

JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise — After This
CD Hairston teamed up with some of Gospel music's brightest stars on a several tracks. The title cut is an up-tempo number featuring Bishop Eric McDaniels with a wonderful declaration that the best is yet to come. The lyrics are inspiring and... Full review

Maurette Brown Clark — The Sound of Victory
CD The project opens with a re-do "The Breaking of Day", originally featured on Maurette Brown Clark's first project. It then transitions to her self-penned "I Live To Praise Him", an up-tempo track that will cause you to move. The title track has a great catchy chorus that reminds us to declare our victory and have faith in it... Full review

Macho — Remember
CD When someone has been "out of the game" for that long, you wonder can they recapture the magic. Wonder no more. Macho releases Remember, a collection of bangers, thought-provoking hits and even songs of praise and worship... Full review

Fred Hammond — God, Love and Romance
CD Lead single, "I Feel Good" is infectious in its simplicity, serving to encourage those who are depressed or down. The pop-styled, worship song, "Amazing Love" is one of those monumental Fred Hammond hits, helped tremendously by his gift... Full review

Myron Butler — Worship
CD "We Bless Your Name", an up-tempo praise song written by Nolan Williams, kicks off and sets the tone for the album. Following is "Bless The Lord", the single that has been impacting radio. It's a 10-minute track that is one of the standouts on the album and will be a staple for... Full review

Various Artists — WOW Gospel 2012 CD It's a brand new year, meaning it's time to recap the hottest Gospel songs out there. Yes, WOW Gospel is back! The WOW Gospel compilation always offers an array of Gospel music's best from the previous year, displaying the eclectic nature of the Gospel genre as we know it today. We see contemporary.... Full review

Genita Pugh — My Purpose
CD The project opens up with a smooth sound with "Can't Live", penned by R. Kelly. Pugh's heavy alto tone is complimented by the musical elements and flow of the song, which transitions to a reprise featuring the church favorite... Full review

James Fortune & FIYA — Identity
CD One of the most reflective tracks is "What If", which addresses issues that many are facing and asks the hard questions that people find themselves having to answer. On "Forward", James Fortune & FIYA empower by cautioning the listeners to go forward and to not look back. It's an encouraging song... Full review

James "Kelly Fox" Davis and a Bunch of Friends — The Best Gift
CD Inspired by the unforgettable Kirk Franklin Christmas project, The Best Gift features 12 tracks (9 original songs) and mixes up a storm of a celebration, bringing.... Full info (with audio)

Amber Bullock — EP - Thank You
CD Amber Bullock topped a talented field of singers to win BET's 2011 Sunday Best crown. Bullock is the second artist to be released on Mathew Knowles' Music World Gospel label, under the Sunday Best franchise.... Full info (with audio)

William McDowell — Arise
CD Music minister and worship leader William McDowell steps into his sophomore release on eOne Entertainment with a two-disc live recording, Arise: The Live Worship Experience. Featuring production from McDowell and Clay Bogan III, plus several guest vocal appearances... Full review

Andrae Crouch — The Journey
CD On "Faith", the inimitable Kim Burrell teams with Take 6 for a rich tapestry of jazzed Gospel vocals. Contrasting is "All Around the World," a dance pop cut that brings in Chaka Khan on vocals, backed up by a stellar band that includes percussion from Sheila E.... Full review

Isaac Carree — Uncommon Me
CD Isaac Carree debuts his solo project, Uncommon Me, on the Sovereign Agency label, with a host of established producers and song writers lacing every track with a fresh, urban, and relevant sound.... Full review

Jessica Reedy — From The Heart
CD Radio hits "God Has Smiled On Me" and "Put It On The Altar" are no-miss standouts, the latter co-written by Jessica Reedy and both poignantly addressing situations common to us all —and offering The Solution. Quartet mainstays The Soul Seekers lend a hand on "Still Here", written by... Full review

Group 1 Crew — Outta Space Love
CD The group returns with Outta Space Love, a collection of electro pop/urban and techno. Their message is a little more subtle as they set out to reach a broader audience. This is evident by an appearance on... Full review

Dorinda Clark-Cole — I Survived
CD The project opens up with an up-tempo track titled, "Holy One", which is filled with wonderful musical elements and transitions. It certainly grabs the listener and piques an interest to hear more... Full review

Donald Lawrence & Co. — YRM: Your Righteous Mind
CD Donald Lawrence pays homage to his late musical mentor (Bishop Walter Hawkins) with the classic, "When the Battle Is Over" featuring McFarland and Dante Hall. Placements both musically and vocally are very well ... Full review

Charles Martin — God's Son
CD Detroit-based Charles Martin has sung backup for artists that include Fred Hammond and Deitrick Haddon. Many know him as a member of Haddon's acclaimed Voices of Unity. With Mary's Son, Martin offers up his first solo album. The title is based... Full review

Ambassador — Stop The Funeral
CD This new album will encourage many because a huge part of Christian Hip Hop has returned and he was returned with some bangers. His list of guests are people whom he probably would not have worked with pre-fall including: Canton Jones (Wow!), Mali Music, Jessica Reedy (of BET's Sunday Best) and Sean Simmonds. Then he has such guests as Shai Linne, J.A.Z. and DJ Wade-O. Ambassador always includes some... Full review

Dawkins & Dawkins — From Now On
CD "I'm Just Sayin' is reminiscent of a funky 70's dance track with an updated sound laced with the message of the gospel. Then there's "He Said", which immediately catches the ear with the opening flow of the first verse. Other stand out tracks include... Full review

Lashun Pace — Reborn
CD The project opens up with a heart-wrenching narration of Pace's personal testimony, declaring that she will sing the "song of the Lord" because she has been called to do so. She then transitions to "Something 2 Live 4", a mid-tempo track with a catchy phrase and infectious baseline and a... Full review

Earnest Pugh — Earnestly Yours
CD The entire project is laced with crisp and colorful vocals. Pugh has a wonderful range, tone, and vocal styling and it is all exhibited on this album. There are ballads and slower paced songs such as "I Need Your Glory", "Thank You", and the classic hymn "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" that... Full review

Big Al — Balancing Act
CD The album kicks off with "TBA" which ultimately states Big Al's purpose for the album. He quickly lets the listener know that this second act deals with the Kingdom business of resisting the enemy and staying true to your destiny. The production on this one won't disappoint either... Full review

Lowell Pye — Finally
CD We've known for forever that Lowell Pye was a singer. From his days with John P. Kee and New Life to his days as a member of Men of Standard, Pye always showed us "I didn't come here to stand around and hold up the wall, I came to sing"... Full review

Kim Burrell — The Love Album
CD The single "Sweeter" immediately captures the listener's ear with it's heavy baseline and smooth vibe. "Love's Holiday", originally recorded by Earth Wind & Fire, is marked by Burrell's wonderfully raspy deep tone, and is laced with perfectly placed background vocals... Full review

Demetrius West & Authority — I Am A Worshipper
CD The album opens with "Receive Our Praise", penned by Jayson Clayborn. It's a great praise and worship tune that's bound to grab your attention, and... Full review

Gail Holmes — I Receive Your Love
CD New artist Gail Holmes makes her Habakkuk Music debut with an eclectic mix of worship music that runs the gamut from praise ballads to, invigorating pop numbers and reflective worship cuts. The album, titled I Receive Your Love, is produced... Full review (with audio clips!)

Ricky Dillard & New G — Keep Living CD The project opens up with the album leading single, "God Is Great", an upbeat song proclaiming the goodness of God filled with those classic New G arrangements, modulations, and strong vocals...

Martha Munizzi — Make It Loud
CD "Excellent" is certainly going to keep the party going as the infectious beat makes you want to give up and move all while proclaiming that the Earth is the Lord;s and then taking it 'old school' declaring, "How Excellent Is Your Name". Munizzi is known to bring some hot collaborations and she doesn't disappoint, welcoming William McDowell in on the churchy... Full review

Mark Arthur — The Obligation
CD "Street Symphony" is a beautiful song with a simple syncopated beat (thanks to Fitzgerald), heightened by the strings. Michelle Bonilla helps to give this song a sure-fire pop feel to it. Anyone who has faced death in the family can identify with this song. The string solo... Full review

Mary Mary — Something Big
CD If you feel like you are doing too much running, try "Walking", the album's lead hip-hop influenced single. It's fitting for this time. The lyrical content reminds you that in your everyday life, Jesus walks with you, and to take it one day at a time. In particular, "Sitting With Me" will speak to all... Full review

Kirk Franklin — Hello Fear
CD The project title references the fact that we all deal with fears of various sorts, and that for Kirk Franklin, the time for turning and facing fears is now. The transparency is palpable. Joining Franklin on production is longtime collaborator and keys man, Shaun "Harold" Martin. Vocalists Isaac Carree, Anaysha Figueroa, Nikki Ross, Charmaine Swimpson and Eric Moore add their harmonies to... Full review

Gary Anglin — I'm Healed
CD There's nothing like a traditional hymn, and an artist that can bring something new to it while respecting the original content is a plus. Anglin brings a very soulful and laid-back groove to, "It Is Well", while incorporating the original melody of the song towards the end. "I'm Healed" is the title track of the project, penned by... Full review

Mississippi Mass Choir — Then Sings My Soul
CD For decades the Mississippi Mass Choir has provided wonderful traditional gospel music that has been sung in churches across the nation. Everyone's favorite choir is back with a new project entitled Then Sings My Soul. This two-disc project has 18 songs in total and... Full review

UAB Gospel Choir — Mirrors
CD Under the direction of the award winning Minister Kevin P. Turner, this choir, featuring over 100 voices, has released their newest project, Mirrors. The choir kicks off the album with "Great Is Thy Faithfulness", an upbeat rendition of the classic hymn. The arrangement puts you in the mind set of classic choir music and makes a smooth transition into, "Turn Your Situation Around". The tile track is guaranteed ... Full review

John P. Kee — The Legacy Project
CD In paying homage to his traditional roots, John P. Kee maintains his authentic connection to the contemporary groove. Check out "You've Been So Good". This mid-tempo track features soul crooner Anthony Hamilton creating another dream vocal tandem. Zacardi Cortez lends his passionate vocals ... Full review

Deitrick Haddon — Church on the Moon
CD Musically, Haddon goes old school with the Motown-tinged "Touch Me", which will quickly become a favorite, as will the pop-influenced "Save Somebody", featuring Damita Haddon. Guest appearances continue as Milliyon adds his hip-hop flair ... Full review

The Rance Allen Group — The Live Experience II
CD The Live Experience II is chock full of ballads, mid-tempo, and up-tempo numbers. Songs such as "Livin' For Jesus" (featuring Shirley Caesar), "It's Your Time" (featuring Vanessa Bell Armstrong), "Love Train", and "Feel Like Going On" provide those legendary bluesy chords and rhythmic drives that will have heads bobbing and fingers snapping... Full review

Various Artists — WOW Gospel 2011 CD The 2011 set brings out songs such as "Hide Me" by Kirk Franklin, "Just Love" by Brian Courtney Wilson, and "Everywhere That I Go" by Israel Houghton, all of which were songs that, while not leading singles, stood out on their respective albums. See full review

Greater Mount Calvary Recording Choir — Live
CD Lovers of worship music will want to check out the powerful "We Worship Your Name" and "Daily I Shall Worship Thee". Andrea Dumas lends her lead vocals to "Christ Did It All", another sure-fire hit. This song is another great example of the strength of... Full review

Feature: Christmas Reviews CD
Christmas albums are here, and we've got the reviews. Check out the season's Gospel offerings, from the traditional to the contemporary, from choir to solo, from classic to new... Full review

Applejaxx — Jesus High
CD Applejaxx continues to bring some freshness to the industry. Back with an EP titled Jesus High, the emcee features clever word play along with some straight-forward rhyming. Production is handled... Full review

Tasha Cobbs — Smile
CD As the album continues to unfold, the beauty of the live recording shines through as the listener is taken on a continuous worship flow. "Without You" leaves you in reflection as it asks the question, "Where would you be... Full review

Trip Lee — Between Two Worlds
CD "Invasion (Hero)" is just impressive all around. Featuring the lovely vocals of Jai, who gives the song a great pop appeal, the production of Soundbreaker Musik and Joseph Prielozny is crisp and on point. The video for this one is professional and up to par with the ... Full review

Young Joshua — Thinking Out Loud
CD Young Joshua brings an urban ministry that will go well with those who love Hip Hop topped off with gritty bangers along with some more mellowed cuts. It's a well-rounded release. "Well Done" is a feel good mid-tempo jam with a ... Full review

Conrad Miller — My Journey
CD From start to finish, the album remains true to the classic R&B/gospel feel of years gone by that is rarely heard in today’s music. Relying on basic harmonies and simple musical arrangements, Conrad Miller places emphasis on his core message... Full review

Various Artists — Something On The Inside
CD We present to you a collection of songs by some of today's hottest artists (Ledisi, Faith Evans, R. Kelly, Angie Stone) and a reminder that while man looks on the outward appearance, that God looks on the heart. He looks for Something on the Inside... Full review

Brittney Wright — The Beginning
CD On "So What", Brittney Wright takes the attitude of a radical Christian, reminding God's chosen that being a believer is one of the best decisions in life you can make. The groove continues into "Clap Your Hands" a joyful and smooth song with punching lyrics and positive confessions of victory, freedom, and liberty. Wright then continues to flow and gives her spin on the... Full review

Mr. Coldstone — The Unseen
CD We're creatures of habit and yes, even in the church. So when people bring something fresh to the table, it can sometimes throw us off. With "The Creamery", Mr. Coldstone brings a different feel to the scripture (from Psalm 34:8): "taste and see that the Lord is good". Give this song... Full review

Brian Reeves & Heart After God — Awakening
CD "Remind Me" reflects the trend of many gospel recordings right now, being a wonderful blend of contemporary Christian-styled lyrics and musical arrangements fused with bluesy chords and transitions. "I Choose You" features a simple musical arrangement, featuring... Full review

Tye Tribbett — Fresh
CD Tye Tribbett willingly takes musical chances that work for him. From the futuristic title cut to the highly pop driven "All For You", Tribbett's calculated chances work and are guaranteed to garner a new audience. While many will notice the musical differences, don't lose sight of perhaps the ... Full review

Brian Courtney Wilson — Just Love, Deluxe Edition CD Just Love Deluxe Edition includes the entire 14 songs on the original album, plus five brand new ones: "Awesome God," "The Word," "Monday's Pain," "The Only Way," and the seasonal favourite "This Christmas". Produced by the veteran Stan Jones, the music highlights Wilson's vocal...

Evelyn Turrentine-Agee — There's Gonna Be A Meeting
CD There's Gonna Be a Meeting offers something for everybody as we get a taste of the blues on, "Yes He Can". Then on the churchy and upbeat "Fresh Anointing", the vamp sends God's anointing into the place of worship. True to the album title, the fully old-school... Full review (with audio clips!)

Sean Slaughter — Prototype
CD Sean Slaughter is a veteran in his genre, constantly keeping his ear to the street for current hotness, evidenced by the relevance and focus on the jam "Log In". Then insert, "The Light" and you get a total bragging on Christ and how His "light" brings the greatest... Full review

Jonathan Nelson — Better Days
CD "I Am Your Song" is a gorgeous ballad of beauty and wonderfully written to say the least. The Nashville String Machine weave their melodic and engaging sounds fittingly as the group sings the lyrics, "orchestrate your symphony through me". This one will be sung by praise teams and choirs throughout the country. The worship medley is packed with some heavy material such... Full review

Beverly Crawford — Live from Los Angeles, Vol. 2
CD The lead single "It's About Time For a Miracle" sets the tone for a fantastic music experience, as the song takes you straight to Sunday morning church. It's an infectious number worthy of multiple spins on your iPod. Crawford keeps the energetic church vibe going... Full review

David Adesokan — Thirsty
CD The album begins with the Caribbean sounds of "Hallelujah", an appropriate and tone-setting way to start this musical journey. Following is "Been So Good", and "More of You", both of which are geared to intimate prayer and praise and worship... Full review (with audio clips!)

Chris Byrd — Vessel
CD Diversity quickly appears as Byrd teams with Rufus Nelson for the quartet ballad-driven title track. Without question, Byrd's musical journey has made him most comfortable in the role of worship leader. Regardless of the... Full review

Kirk Whalum — The Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter III
CD To no one's surprise, the album features a great deal of musical richness and diversity. "Africa Jesus Africa" celebrates fans and friends on the continent of Africa. The song is a phenomenal melting pot as it fuses African vocal arrangements with funk and jazz instrumentals. This is a definitive keeper. Add 16 bars... Full review

Israel Houghton — Love People, Love God
CD Recorded in the historic Abbey Road Studios in London, England the project must be taken in its entirety to be fully appreciated. Hits abound, but in context of the flow of the entire set, the songs become... Full review

William McDowell — As We Worship - Live
CD There is nothing like pure worship. Get ready to experience worship that takes you to a place where you leave your surroundings and brings you right into the presence of God. Worship leader William McDowell takes you right to that place... Full review

VaShawn Mitchell — Triumphant
CD From the first note of the release, it's easy to see that VaShawn Mitchell's sound and writing are coming from a different place. As the album title clearly describes, the theme of the album is victory. That victory has produced a new sound that is a deft fusion of pop, rock, and gospel, a departure... Full review

Lucinda Moore — Blessed, Broken and Given
CD Lucinda Moore smoothly transitions from being in front of the microphone to the captain of the ship, writing the liner notes and penning some of the material found on the project. The album immediately shifts into high gear with the opening combination... Full review

Jonathan Butler — So Strong
CD Jonathan Butler handles the production for the lion's share of this release, fusing original pieces with several classics. The album's title cut reflects on the power of strong, sustainable love. Infectious in nature, this track gets both an Urban AC mix and a Steppers mix. Angie Stone lends her vocals to the slow ... Full review

Kevin Herrin — Unbelievable
CD Kevin Herrin has a very soulful voice that goes well with his selection of material, which includes a few inspirational songs and some rock-tinged cuts. He also delivers some songs that will be sure to start services for churches such as "Blessings and Honor" which includes some congregational participational elements. The small ensemble approach ... Full review

Pastor Jasper Williams, Jr. — Landmark
CD Pastor Williams takes not only the lead on the main tracks, but also arranges the majority of them. In a family affair, his son Dr. Joseph L. Williams joins him on "Testimony" and "Until He Saved Me", two personal songs that talk about the goodness of God and the story behind all the "glory". Get ready for... Full review

Eddie Ruth Bradford — Jesus Is Coming Back
CD All the songs included on this project (with the exception of two), are hymns that the generation before us would indulge in. The arrangements and vocals encourage meditation and self-reflection, taking you to the foundation of your relationship with Christ. Production and background vocals were ... Full review

Washington Projects — Light Up the Dark
CD The group inspires and encourages with such songs as "You Are Beautiful", which reminds ladies that they are made to look a certain way because of God's design. Jekob shows his talent and ear for good music, providing a good pop landscape on this one. Insert "Go", where Jekob and Rachael ... Full review

Benita Washington — The Word Remains
CD On Benita Washington's junior project, The Word Remains, from Shanachie Records, the former Gospel Dream winner and Soul Train Lady of Soul award nominee steps out with an invigorating 11-song project featuring production from Daniel Weatherspoon and musical director Virgil Straford. Starting with the very funky opening title... Full review with audio clips

DeWayne Woods & When Singers Meet — My Life's Lyric CD DeWayne Woods stretches his musical horizons on this album in rich and authentic ways. Don't sleep on the infectious CCM stylings of "Sovereignly Reign". Produced by Lindsey, this track has 'hit' written all over it and showcases another side of the artist. The contemporary/pop feel of the track is not far-fetched for Woods conceptually...

Juanita Bynum — Soul Cry (Oh, Oh, Oh) EP CD This is the first of a three-tier project that will culminate in the release of her highly-anticipated CD/DVD project, The Diary Of Juanita Bynum II, slated for release in early 2011. "The song 'Soul Cry' was not a song that was written with pad and pen," says Bynum. "The night it came out...

La Familia Muzik — Greetings Earthlings
CD La Familia Muzik is a group of artists out of Florida from different church denominations that have put aside their minor differences in doctrine to create an musical aggregation ready to reach the masses. Consisting of rappers SYD, G-86 and Foolish along with ... Full review

forever Jones — Get Ready
CD The album is peppered throughout with praise choruses with a modern touch. But by all means, don't write this off as just something for the young folk. "Bless the Lord" will wake up any wooden floored storefront church and all the mothers who took a nap during the youth... Full review

Adrianne Archie — HSMS
CD Adrianne Archie spreads her wings and breaks her own mold, breathing her soulful vocals over a techno/dance track titled, "All I Need Love". Even further away from her familiar neo-soul roots is the... Full review

Half Mile Home — Change My Lyfe
CD "Anything" is a New Jack Swing number that brings a subtle syncopated beat while the ballad "Even" is soothing as the guys sing of their gratitude for God's mercy and love in the midst of their mistakes. The title track speaks of total desperation for God to change the lives... Full review

Meaghan Williams — Bless You God
CD The album begins with "Drumline" that quickly catches your attention and prepares you for "We Praise", which brings to mind Miriam in the book of Exodus who led a song of praise as the Israelites passed through the Red Sea. Coincidentally, Williams encourages listeners through their own Red Sea experience with the hot... Full review

Rhema Soul — Fingerprints
CD The lead single "Boom Box" is just the way to go for with its hard-hitting beat and dope lyrics that are Christ-centered, but is not overtly preachy. "Blow Your Whistle" cuts hard lyrically as the emcees examine themselves... Full review

Myron Butler & Levi — Revealed
CD Lead single and title track "Revealed" is a pulsating jam that deserves continuous play for a while. There are plenty of songs to inspire and encourage with such songs as the mid tempo, "I Choose to Believe" and the... Full review

BOOK: British Black Gospel
CD Author Steve Alexandra Smith's ten-year labour of love has given the world an insight into an arena that has never been documented on this scale before. There are descriptions of how in the early years, the church did not like or want gospel music to leave the... Full review

Marvin Sapp — Here I Am
CD With all of the pieces in place, Sapp and his team create a new body of work that stands on its own as the next step his career. The most notable difference this time out is the lyrical direction, as Here I Am places greater focus... Full review

R. Swift — Anthem
CD On this release, R Swift is still delivering gritty rhymes, songs for those on the "block", banging beats, and thought provoking lyrics. Production is handled mostly by Israel and Marv 4 Mo Beats with additional production from... Full review

James Fortune & FIYA — Encore
CD His newest offering, Encore, on the Black Smoke Music / World Wide Gospel label features a guest list of artists that include Kierra "Kiki" Sheard, J. Drew Sheard, Isaac Caree, Canton Jones and Erica Cumbo. Production is ably handled... Full review

Various Artists — WOW Gospel 2010 CD WOW Gospel has been a staple of the Gospel compilation circuit for so long now, it's easy to under appreciate its strength. With the 2010 version as strong as ever, fans will be flocking to this 2-disc set. See full review

The Mighty Clouds of Joy — At The Revival
CD Joe Ligon sets the pace with "Stop to Praise God", with an in your face reminder that "every day is a good day to stop and praise the Lord". Quartet fans can get their tambourines, hand claps and foots stomps ready for "I'll Be Up There", and be prepared ... Full review

Eric Cross — The Signature
CD Nod your head to "Take Up Your Cross" and enjoy C Moe totally wreck his verse. E. Cross offers a verse a cappella, challenging us to really get into "the game". Fellow emcees K Drama, Brinson, and Unique offer their two cents on "Die Slow", but do not... Full review

Feature: Christmas Reviews CD
Christmas albums are here, and we've got the reviews. Check out the season's Gospel offerings, from the traditional to the contemporary. And be sure to keep checking back as more are added.... Full review

B. Reith — Now Is Not Forever
CD There is so much to enjoy about B. Reith. In a live setting, he always kills with "Mess", a mid-tempo acoustic soul ditty that flows in the Jason Mraz realm. B. Reith smoothly raps and sings of falling into sin and trying to find a way out. Oh, this one is sharp and on... Full review

Mali Music — Second Coming
CD The midtempo smooth, "Broken Spirit" is just a glimpse into the heart of Mali and how he is being honest about things he is going to, but yet acknowledging what God wants from His children. "Conqueror" is just a phenomenal song with an almost marching military beat. He serves to encourage... Full review

Various Artists — Fire In My Bones
CD In this three-disc compilation, you'll find a retrospective of raw, rare and other worldly African-American Gospel over a span of 60 years (so says the cover). In its essence, this gem captures the bare bones heart and soul of gospel music, minus studio enhancements and overdubs. Lovingly assembled by music aficionado Mike McGonigal, the contributors to this project make up... Full review

Michael McDonald — This Christmas
CD New music on the album includes "That's What Christmas Means To Me", which features the incomparable Tommy Sims, who handles rhythm and horn arrangements and plays bass and guitars. The combo of Sims and Michael McDonald makes for a very soulful... Full review

Victoria Adexa — The Prologue
CD The strongest cut is "Time to Pray", a ballad with encouraging lyrics and the important message of finding time to pray and building on a relationship with God. As the opening track, it's pleasing to the ear with its strong piano base courtesy of Luke Smith. (The song is also found on the soundtrack for the Christian movie Saving God released in the fall of 2008. The single was included on the album after... Full review

Shirley Caesar — A City Called Heaven
CD Shirley Caesar's traditional flair continues with the infectious "Been So Good" and the creative "Get Light For The Flight". She also offers up a few intriguing covers. "Can't Even Walk (Without Him Holding My Hand)", recorded by The Sensational Nightingales and Darrell McFadden & The Disciples, gets a worthy cover from Caesar, whose passion brings even greater life... Full review

Various Artists — Gotta Have Gospel! Christmas
CD Check out the African-tinged "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" from Mary Mary, which is the album's most recent submission. The infectious offering is sure to make you get up and take your hand at your best African dance. Fred Hammond's rendition of "Go Tell It On The Mountain" is another classic that immediately brings... Full review

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir — Declare Your Name
CD Carol Cymbala picks two powerful worship leaders, musicians and singers to help breathe life into their songs. Israel Houghton and Jonathan Butler pack a "1 - 2" punch, leading "I'll Sing of Your Love" and the boisterous "It All Belongs to You", respectively. Onaje Jefferson lends his soulful vocals .. Full review

Charles McPhatter — Life Songs
CD "Trouble Don't Last" is an up-beat gem where Charles McPhatter and vocalist Kristen Mitchell shine together. "Never Gave Up On Me" and "There I Find You" are arguably two of the best songs on the album. McPhatter's tenor vocals shimmer... Full review

RiZen — Free CD From start to finish, uptempo to ballad, Fred Hammond masterfully and creatively shares the unchanging nature and character of God. From the energetic "Awesome God" to the mid-tempo groove of "Find No Fault", Hammond presents characteristics of God in a musically accessible manner that...

Byron Cage — Faithful To Believe
CD One of the album's most memorable moments is found on "Lord You Are Everything", featuring Karen Clark-Sheard and Pastor Marvin Winans. As exciting as this vocal partnership sounds, it exceeds the billing. All historians will want... Full review

James Roberson — Everybody Dance!
CD Right off the bat, the lead single and title track gets you going with its beat-heavy groove and choir support. James Roberson is up front, exhorting and telling everybody that "it's alright to dance in Jesus' name". The choir breaks into their respective parts as the song winds... Full review

Tarralyn Ramsey — Beyond The Darkness
CD "I'll Take Your Trouble" is an acoustic ballad which serves as a song of encouragement and assurance that things that trouble people do not weigh down the Lord. Tarralyn Ramsey then belts out some serious notes during "God Emmanuel", while gets things... Full review

Claude Deuce — Young Elder
CD Creativity is one of Deuce's definitive trademarks as he finds crafty and clever ways to share biblical truths. "Got That Stuff" and its deserving remix use the euphemism "That Stuff" to represent God's Favor, while "Holy Ghost Gyrl" speaks to the appeal... Full review

Vanessa Bell Armstrong — The Experience
CD Arguably the most piece also serves as the album's lone vocal collaboration, as Rance Allen assists in revisiting Armstrong's 80's smash, "You Bring Out the Best In Me". Indeed, this vocal duo elicit... Full review

BeBe & CeCe Winans — Still
CD For all of the power of the production and vocal collaborations, nothing outshines the pure integrity of this duo's musical gifting and continued lyrical relevance. Having never felt confined to having to "define" their music, the duo continues their tradition of presenting the gospel in a palatable and accessible way that has an unmistakable... Full review (with audio clips)

Laird Sillimon — The One God
CD With anticipation, Laird Sillimon and his ensemble Covenant release their newest effort titled The One God. The 11-track studio project presents the Sunday morning experience in a balanced package that highlights both the traditional and contemporary expressions of ... Full review (with audio clips)

Ted Winn — Balance
CD Eleven tracks strong, this offering showcases another level of Ted Winn's musical depth; he pens ten songs on the project, adding his production hand as well. He also brings in production assistance from some of the industry's most exciting live producers. Daniel Moore II, whose production... Full review (with audio clips)

Ryan Carty — Journey to Purpose
CD Ryan Carty is about to redefine British Gospel music with his distinctive neo-soul sound. Carty's polished debut album, Journey to Purpose, is an amazing collection of songs from the London newcomer. The album does exactly what its title says and that is, take you on a journey. Carty's voice is mature and sounds... Full review

Fred Hammond — Love Unstoppable CD From start to finish, uptempo to ballad, Fred Hammond masterfully and creatively shares the unchanging nature and character of God. From the energetic "Awesome God" to the mid-tempo groove of "Find No Fault", Hammond presents characteristics of God in a musically accessible manner that...

Kierra Sheard — Kiki's Mixtape
CD Speaking of fun, "Wave Your Banner" gets a "Monstamix" revision and this already potent song becomes even more so, courtesy of its high-energy dance track. Note to mainstream radio: Stop trippin' and play this song... Full review

Karima Kibble — Just Karima
CD With Just Karima, she has ventured out on her own for the time being, offering up an urban pop offering with help on the production tip from Rodney East, Kyle Lovett, Styles Fuego, plus a song contribution from... Full review (with audio clips)

Nicole "Faithful" Franklin — Taking It Back
CD After getting your mind right, Nicole Franklin hits again with "Purpose and Destiny", a song that is truly awesome in message. When things seem low, this song reminds the listener of their identity in God and His plan for their lives. Fans of artists such as... Full review

Mr. Del — Thrilla
CD Mr. Del brings some techno/urban heat on "Step Forward" and brings the hard core element to "Panic Room", featuring the Holy South fam. Impressive would be a word to describe "Don’t Do It", a slowed-down gem with a sample from a ... Full review

Phillip Carter & SOV — Songs From The Storm
CD SOV shines on the traditional "Put Your Trust" while the lead singer ad libs, doing her share of squalls. "Great Day" is nicely sung by both Carter and choir. The lyrics take their cue from Psalms 118:24. The jubilation continues with ... Full review

JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise — Resting On His Promise CD
JJ Hairston continues several longtime partnerships on this album. Bishop Eric McDaniel joins Hairston on the album's title track, a song that reminds all to rely on God's promises even in the face of economic...

Jade Harrell — Class Reject
CD If you love to dance and you dig the techno/pop songs, then lend your ear and your dancing shoes to songs like, "Into The Music" featuring Bonafide (of GRITS) and lead single, "Me and My Radio". Just when Jade Harrell might have been looked ... Full review

J. Moss — V3... Just James CD J Moss writes or co-writes every song on the album and allows each track to recount each step during his journey of restoration. The album's lead radio single "Restored" showcases the forgiveness and love of God and encapsulates the process of restoration. Throughout the album, Moss offers ad libs that are as honest and revealing as his lyrics relative to his...

Various Artists — Arrow Records Presents: It’s Official: Hip Hop Remixed
CD Hosted by DJ Sean Blue, the album features some new artists and some familiar artists (most notably Deleon and Canton Jones). Jones provides a facelift to "Living Clean" and "Kingdom Business" which should whet... Full review

Willie Will — Rhyme and Reason
CD Although Willie Will is calling for people to be serious about their relationship with God, he still takes time to reach out to sinners about His love. With "Turn It Around", he assures unbelievers that while they are alive, there is hope if they give their life to Christ... Full review

Sheri Jones-Moffett — Renewed
CD From the onset of the album, it becomes quickly evident that she's charting her own musical course, choosing to express her talent in mediums we've yet to see. Whether it's the rock infused "Free Indeed" or the 70s, Shaft-like title cut, the former... Full review

Ken Reynolds — One World/One God
CD Worship leader Ken Reynolds is back with One World/One God, a release that features a diverse array of songs geared for the church and representing a range of cultures. As a pastor himself, Reynolds knows a thing or two about leading a congregation in praise. Pulling choral contributions from.. Full review

D-M.A.U.B. — Urban Legend
CD Still wondering why this emcee calls himself an "Urban Legend"? He explains more on the title track, bringing a little swagger of being made by God, raised by the streets and saved by Christ. "F.R.E.S.H." (Forever Representing Eternally Staying Holy), produced by... Full review

iNDIGO — The iNDI1st Project...Breakthrough
CD The interesting thing about this artist is her ability to seamlessly transition from a groove to a praise. At one moment you are grooving, then shouting "AMEN!" in agreement while listening to "Saved and Fly". The next minute you... Full review

Earnest Pugh — Live, Rain On Us
CD This live session brings an anointed experience of prayer, praise, worship, and prophetic impartation that brings the church right into your home. The album begins with an introduction from Bishop Lester Love, who prepares the precipitation of.. Full review

Da' T.R.U.T.H. — The Big Picture
CD Da' T.R.U.T.H. builds the project from the theme of The Big Picture, dealing with subject matter from creation and the larger universal picture to its application to each individual. He plays a major role in bringing this vision to reality penning all of... Full review

Darnell Davis & The Remnant — No Compromise
CD Thirteen tracks strong, the album is foundationally built on strong vocals, solid writing, and musical arrangements, all steeped in excellence. Darnell Davis, an avid songwriter, penned nearly all of the tracks on the project, and partnered with longtime... Full review

Eddie Ruth Bradford — Reflections
CD Eddie Ruth Bradford hands you a hefty plate of southern soul with her rendition of "Leak in This Old Building" that truly does the song justice. Bradford's big alto voice makes you realize how people were... Full review (with audio clips)

Coko — The Winner In Me
CD The album is filled with star power and dream collaborations at that. Coko joins forces with Kelly Price on the female anthem "Oh Mary", a duet that lives up to the imagined vocal expectations. The two expertly trade vocals and forge a... Full review

Various Artists — Hip Hope 2009
CD Gotee's Hip Hope CD's have become a fixture over the years. With Hip Hope 2009, DJ Maj serves as A&R Director; give him credit for assembling a great cast of artists. The subject of the songs range from serious (self-mutilation) to the fun... Full review

Vicki Yohe — Reveal Your Glory: Live From the Cathedral
CD The album, in trademark Vicki Yohe fashion, is chock full of genuine and memorable moments. She teams with Anthony Evans on "One Moment", creating a nearly 10 minute presentation that is timeless. This song is indicative of the vibe of the album, which frequently trades traditional time limits in favor of the.... Full review (with audio clips)

Bishop Eddie Long and Friends — The Kingdom, Vol. 1, Featuring GW's
CD Tye Tribbett guests on "Down with the King", a song with a retro-Hip Hop vibe. Tribbett does his best to recall the vibe of Slick Rick and other storytellers of the 80's and 90 to help accent this banger. On, "God Has Brought Has Through", the GW's continue the.... Full review

Free Chapel featuring Ricardo Sanchez — Power of the Cross, Live at Free Chapel
CD "Broken the Chains" is a song that will frequent the play lists of praise bands and will be the signature theme of youth camps everywhere, with its driving guitar and great freedom-focused lyrics. And you can never go wrong with a "Oh oo whoa oh" chorus... Full review

Bishop Larry D. Trotter & Sweet Holy Spirit Combined Choirs — I Still Believe
CD After a four-year recording hiatus that saw Bishop Larry D. Trotter endure a near Job-like experience, he and his choir return with their seventh and most powerful album I Still Believe. Fifteen tracks strong, Trotter and Sweet Holy Spirit present an album full of encouragement and empowerment designed to strength the faith of the listener during challenging seasons.... Full review

Danny Eason & Abundant Life Montreal — Endurance
CD There's no shortage of head-nodding jams on this effort. From the album's leadoff cut "Good Time" to "Bless His Name", Danny Eason and Abundant Life keep the party moving with high octane praise jams. The infectious "Don't Give Up" may seem familiar, as it was first.... Full review

Rev. Timothy Wright —
CD The 18-tracks include some of his time-honored classics and our favorite gospel choir selections, such as "Who's On The Lord's Side," with the Timothy Wright Concert Choir which reached #3 on the Billboard Top Gospel Chart, the matter-of-fact "Trouble Don't Last Always," and the.... Full review

George Huff —
CD From the first note of this effort, it becomes abundantly clear that George Huff has a new vocal confidence and command in his presentation. Grasping a more assertive posture, Huff has found his voice and sings with a newfound authority. Producer Aaron Lindsey's influence shines on.... Full review

Braille — Cloud Nineteen
CD Braille breaks it down real heavy on "From the Pulpit", letting rappers now that they are all preachers —whether they are preaching the wrong thing or the Truth of the Word. He also speaks to believers, encouraging them to pray and encourage pastors, but not to.... Full review

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