Monday, March 30, 2015

Pentecostal News - Stellar Awards Winners



Hey everyone!!! This past weekend the gospel music world convened in the city of Las Vegas for the 30th Stellar Awards. With all of gospel music royalty convened in that one city to celebrate gospel music, it was definitely a weekend of amazement and excitement.  Even though the awards took place on March 28th it will not be airing until April 5th at 8 pm/ET on the television station TV One.

This year's big winner was Erica Campbell with a total of 6 wins. This has definitely been the year for Erica Campbell. From a number one album, to winning a Grammy Award, to multiple hit singles and now 6 Stellar Awards, it definitely appears as if stepping out on her own, from the duo Mary Mary, was the right move for her and her career.

One of the biggest highlights of this years Stellar Awards is the reunion of Destiny's Child for the singing of Michelle William's big hit "Say Yes." As a fan of the group I cannot write how happy I was to see the three women unite, especially for the singing of a gospel song that promotes the name of Jesus. I cannot wait to see how it translates on my television screen April 5th.

Below are all of the categories and nominees for this years Awards,  my predicted winner is  highlighted in bold lettering and the actual winners in italic. For those categories that are in both bold and italic lettering, that means I correctly predicted the winner. This year I correctly predicted 17 out of the 27 categories placing me at a 62 percent correct rate.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL
THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA 


SONG OF THE YEAR
MICHAEL MCDOWELL & JAMES JOHNSON, YOU ALONE – YOU ALONE (ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR), EMTRO GOSPEL 
W. CAMPBELL, L. MOORE, H. LILLY, A. SLEDGE, H. JONES & E. CAMPBELL, HELP FT. LECRAE – HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 
HARMONY SAMUELS, MICHELLE WILLIAMS, H. "CARMEN REECE" CULVER & AL SHERROD LAMBERT, SAY YES FT. BEYONCE & KELLY ROWLAND – JOURNEY TO FREEDOM (MICHELLE WILLIAMS), ENTERTAINMENT ONE 
TIFFANY JOY MCGHEE, AMAZING – AMAZING (RICKY DILLARD & NEW G), LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE


MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 
DEITRICK HADDON, DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT 
MALI MUSIC, MALI IS…, BY STORM ENTERTAINMENT/RCA RECORDS
RICKY DILLARD, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL


ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 
ANITA WILSON, VINTAGE WORSHIP, MOTOWN GOSPEL
ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 
MICHELLE WILLIAMS, JOURNEY TO FREEDOM, ENTERTAINMENT ONE
TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART, HERE RIGHT NOW, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR 
DONALD LAWRENCE, BEST FOR LAST, QUIETWATER/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, LIVE THROUGH IT, FIYA WORLD/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS, SONGS OF WORSHIP, PRAISE & DELIVERANCE, BLACKBERRY RECORDS 2014 - 2015 


NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
RUTH LA'ONTRA, SO GOOD, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART, HERE RIGHT NOW, FO YO SOUL RECORDSINGS/RCA 
TEMPLE OF DELIVERANCE WOMEN'S CHOIR, IN THE SANCTUARY, HABBAKUK MUSIC
UNCLE REECE, BOLD, OBED MUSIC GROUP


CD OF THE YEAR 
ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL 
ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 
RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


CHOIR OF THE YEAR 
ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL 
DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT 
RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING,LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE 
THE MISSISSIPPI MASS CHOIR, DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE, MALACO RECORDS


PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
WARRYN CAMPBELL, HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 
RICKY DILLARD, WILL BOGLE & RICK ROBINSON, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE 
KIRK FRANKLIN, HERE RIGHT NOW (TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA 
KIRK FRANKLIN, FAST FORWARD (THE WALLS GROUP), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR 
DONALD LAWRENCE, BEST FOR LAST, QUIETWATER/ENTERTAINMENT ONE 
JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, LIVE THROUGH IT, FIYA WORLD/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
ZIE'L, PRONOUNCED ZY-EL, DREAM GOSPEL


TRADITIONAL GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
LISA KNOWLES & THE BROWN SINGERS, THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES, ONE VOICE MEDIA
THE CANTON SPIRITUALS, KEEP KNOCKING, MALACO RECORDS 
THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS, SONGS OF WORSHIP, PRAISE & DELIVERANCE, BLACKBERRY RECORDS
TIM WOODSON & THE HEIRS OF HARMONY, MILLIONAIRE, MARXAN/CENTRAL SOUTH


CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 
DONALD LAWRENCE, BEST FOR LAST, QUIETWATER/ENTERTAINMENT ONE 
DEITRICK HADDON, DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
MALI MUSIC, MALI IS…, BY STORM ENTERTAINMENT/RCA RECORDS 
SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL


TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
DONNIE MCCLURKIN, DUETS, RCA INSPIRATION
EARNEST PUGH, THE W.I.N. (WORSHIP IN NASSAU) EXPERIENCE, P-MAN MUSIC 
RICKY DILLARD, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE 
WILLIAM MCDOWELL, WITHHOLDING NOTHING, DELIVERY ROOM MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT ONE


CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
ANITA WILSON, VINTAGE WORSHIP, MOTOWN GOSPEL
ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 
KIERRA SHEARD, GRACELAND, INDEPENDENT
TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART, HERE RIGHT NOW, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
BEVERLY CRAWFORD, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU'VE DONE, ECHO PARK/JDI
LISA KNOWLES, THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES, ONE VOICE MEDIA 
RUTH LA'ONTRA, SO GOOD, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT 
SHERI JONES-MOFFETT, POWER & AUTHORITY: LIVE IN MEMPHIS, MOTOWN GOSPEL


CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR
DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL
THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR 
ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL
DONNIE MCCLURKIN, DUETS, RCA INSPIRATION
RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
WILLIAM MCDOWELL, WITHHOLDING NOTHING, DELIVERY ROOM MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT ONE


URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR 
DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, GREAT GOD, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP FT. LECRAE, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, LIVE THROUGH IT, FIYA WORLD/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
MICHELLE WILLIAMS, SAY YES FT. BEYONCE & KELLY ROWLAND, ENTERTAINMENT ONE


MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
FLORIAN SCHNEIDER, GREAT GOD – DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
BILLIE WOODRUFF, HELP FT. LECRAE – HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
MR. BOOMTOWN, LOVE ON THE RADIO – FAST FORWARD (THE WALLS GROUP), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
MATTHEW CHERRY, SAY YES FT. BEYONCE & KELLY ROWLAND – JOURNEY TO FREEDOM (MICHELLE WILLIAMS), ENTERTAINMENT ONE


TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL
BISHOP LARRY D. TROTTER & SHS COMBINED CHOIR, PRAISE REVISITED, UTOPIA
RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
THE MISSISSIPPI MASS CHOIR, DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE, MALACO RECORDS


CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
CHARLES BUTLER & TRINITY, BETTER, EPM MUSIC GROUP
DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
LAMAR CAMPBELL & SPIRIT OF PRAISE, OPEN THE SKY, 360 MUSIC WORX/MOTOWN
DARNELL DAVIS AND THE REMNANT, MOVING FORWARD, RCA INSPIRATION


SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR
DONNIE MCLURKIN, DUETS, RCA INSPIRATION
VARIOUS ARTISTS, WOW GOSPEL 2014, RCA INSPIRATION
VARIOUS ARTISTS, EARNEST PUGH PROUDLY PRESENTS GOSPEL'S RISING STARS, EPM MUSIC GROUP
TAMELA MANN, BEST DAYS DELUXE EDITION, TILLYMANN MUSIC


RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
ANDY MINEO, NEVERLAND, REACH RECORDS
DA' T.R.U.T.H., HEARTBEAT, MIXED BAG
LECRAE, ANOMALY, REACH RECORDS
UNCLE REECE, BOLD, OBED MUSIC GROUP


YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR
KENDRA SMITH, SOMETHING NEW, DiVINE RECORDS
NYASIA, SHOOTING STAR, INSPIRING DREAMS ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
PURE-N-HEART, ALPHAEUS ANDERSON PRESENTS PURE-N-HEART KIDS, TEENS MOVEMENT "SING THE WORD", MUSIC2CHANGEU RECORDS
STL3, ALL THINGS NEW, PGK MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, LLC


QUARTET OF THE YEAR
LISA KNOWLES & THE BROWN SINGERS, THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES, ONE VOICE MEDIA
THE CANTON SPIRITUALS, KEEP KNOCKING, MALACO RECORDS 
THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS, SONGS OF WORSHIP, PRAISE AND DELIVERANCE, BLACKBERRY RECORDS
TIM WOODSON & THE HEIRS OF HARMONY, MILLIONAIRE, MARXAN/CENTRAL SOUTH


RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR 
DEREK BLANKS, VINTAGE WORSHIP (ANITA WILSON), MOTOWN GOSPEL
DEREK BLANKS, HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
DEREK BLANKS, AMAZING (RICKY DILLARD & NEW G), LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
JEFF GILLIGAN, FAST FORWARD (THE WALLS GROUP), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR
ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL
EARNEST PUGH, JUST WORSHIP (EP), P-MAN MUSIC
MICAH STAMPLEY, LOVE NEVER FAILS, MOTOWN GOSPEL
WILLIAM MCDOWELL, WITHHOLDING NOTHING, DELIVERY ROOM MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT ONE

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Pentecostal Inspiration - John 15:13



Hey everyone!!! As we go into what is known as Holy Week, I cannot help but think about the monumental sacrifice Christ made for the sake of all mankind.  As one of the most quoted scriptures during this time of year, I found this scripture very relevant to the meaning and representation of Holy Week.  Once examined, this scripture shows the world the love God had and still has for mankind. Christ did nothing to warrant death on the cross, but it was His love for us that caused Him to humble Himself until death. Philippians 2:8 points out "... He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." I think it is important to realize that not only was Christ's act one out of love, it was one out of humility also. As a people who live in a time where both humility and love have become harder and harder to see in the mainstream world, the church has to be a beacon of light for both of these actions. The church must show the world that these two qualities still exist and can be very present in their lives if they allow the Lord to take control. With love being at the center of everything Christ did, as Christians we must follow his example. John 13:35 let's us know "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." This scripture shows us that the key characteristic for a follower of Christ is love. When living from day to day the love God has to been seen in everything we do. In a world where people are searching for love they shouldn't have to search very far once they have an encounter with us. We must begin to take into account the impact we are having in the lives of those we are around. Can we truly say that our lives are reflecting Christ like love? So as we embrace this week and celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior, let us remember to show love and humility to all we meet. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Inspiration. God Bless!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pentecostal News - Funeral Arrangements for Bishop James Neaul Haynes



Hey everyone! As previously reported on March 10th Church of God in Christ pioneer 
Bishop James Neaul Haynes passed away after many years of service. Pictured are the homegoing arrangements for this exceptional leader. The combined local and jurisdictional service is being held March 16th at Saintsville Church of God in Christ and the national service is being held on the following day March 17th at Inspiring Body of Christ Church. Both churches are located in the city of Dallas, Texas. 

Having one of the largest jurisdictions and being such a high ranking leader within COGIC there is much reason to believe that this will be a very well attended two services. I believe this will be an excellent tribute to the life of an admirable soldier in Christ. 

Please keep Bishop Haynes' wife, Mother Vivian King Haynes, children Pia and Vrai and other surviving family members in prayer as they handle this loss. God Bless!!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Pentecostal News - Passing of Bishop James Neaul Haynes


Hey everyone!!! This edition of Pentecostal News is being written with a very heavy heart. One of the great leaders, Bishop J. Neaul Haynes, from the organization, Church of God in Christ, has passed away. As an emeritus general board member and former First Assistant Presiding Bishop, Bishop Haynes climbed the ranks of leadership within the organization making a personal mark in history. Leading one of the largest jurisdictions within COGIC, Bishop Haynes left a model of how to be an excellent and successful leader in today's church world. As a very active and prominent member of the organization, Bishop Haynes helped pave the way for many of the leader of today. Based on his contribution to the world it is very apparent that Bishop Haynes is going to be missed. The homegoing service arrangements have yet to be announced. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal News. God Bless!!! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Pentecostal Opinion - Are reality shows hurting or helping the church?



Hey everyone!!! As a fan of all forms of reality television, when gospel artists, preachers, and Christians began to show up on my television screens, I originally was ecstatic at the opportunity to see these people in their everyday lives but that excitement has seemed to fade away because of the negative portrayal some of these people have displayed. While watching a Christian based reality show two Friday’s ago, I could not help but wonder if the church as a whole was being helped or harmed by this influx of reality shows geared towards Christians and members of the church. Let me first place this disclaimer out, I do not feel that all reality shows featuring gospel artists, preachers and Christians are negative or bad, but I must say that I have been a little disappointed in the images a lot of these people have allowed producers to display. In today’s reality show craze, it is very difficult to notice the difference between a Christian reality show and a secular one and that is a problem. The same amount of negativity that can be seen on secular reality shows are easily displayed on these shows and it should not be so. There definitely needs to be a change before it is too late and permanent damage is created.

For many years the church of yesteryear had a great reputation when it came to public perception. Now granted the church did not do everything correctly and was not perfect but it was reputable. I cannot help but think are the images portrayed in some of  these reality shows tearing down or even destroying  the legacy of the church for the next generation. Being raised in church I always prided myself on the integrity of my local church and it seems like that sense of integrity is slowly being chipped away at. I cannot help but wonder what our founding fathers would say and feel about our portrayal on television.  I think from an overall perception they would not be pleased and would be a bit disappointed. Participants in these shows have named outreach as the reason for doing these shows but in my personal conversations I have noticed that people within and without the church are very displeased in what they are seeing. Eventhough all the shows featuring gospel artists, preachers and Christians are not bad, we live in a society where people are placed in boxes and consistently grouped together, so because of this all Christian reality shows tend to have a negative overcast placed on them. 

I do not feel that these shows need to be taken off the air because they are in the early stages where  the premise of these shows and the portrayal of the people on them can still be changed and turned positive. My greatest suggestion in creating better shows is changing the essence of these shows to be more ministry based. While watching a number of these shows, I have noticed that ministry is a small focal point and a great deal of emphasis is placed on the personal lives of these people and the drama created throughout the show. Now granted watching the personal lives of these leaders makes them more personable, but if these shows are created for outreach as previously stated then that needs to be a focal point of the show. It is imperative that people representing the church make decisions that will not be consequential for years to come. With this post I challenge all gospel artists, preachers and Christians to create a change in the reality shows they participate in. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Opinion. God Bless!!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Pentecostal Review - Dorinda Clark-Cole "Living It"



Hey everyone!!! This edition of Pentecostal Review is featuring the new album by, Gospel Rose, Dorinda Clark-Cole. As a legend in her own right and gospel music royalty, Dorinda is proving that she can still making incredible hits and music that people will love and enjoy. The sound for this album holistically is different but not off putting and unfamiliar. I love how Dorinda took risks and those risks paid off. Anyone who is a fan or even familiar with Dorinda knows how great of a power vocalist she is and that is very much on display within the album. So without further ado I present my review of Dorinda Clark-Cole's new album "Living It."

The album begins with the hit heard all over the air ways, "You Are." I love the  electronic beginning of the song, it really creates a different sound for Dorinda and shows her ability to be versatile. The message of the song about how great our God is and how much we rely on Him and His strength really resonates with the heart. As she has consistently shown before Dorinda's voice sound incredible and I believe this song will help add to her legacy as a solo artist. I really adore the fact that the sung words, You Are during the verses sound very strong and full, with the including of her background vocalists. The strength and precision of the notes on the bridge by the background vocalist is such a treat to the ears and draws you even further into the song as a listener. The inclusion of autotune on the vamp creates an unexpected sound that you are presently surprised by. I think the key to this enjoyment of the autotune done is its small inclusion and how it does not overtake the song. The strength and precision of the notes on the bridge by the background vocalists is such a treat to the ears and draws you even further into the song as a listener. This was a very excellent way to start the album both because of the familiarity of the song and great fast paced, good feeling song it is. 

"The Name" has a very 1950's girl group feel to it with a modern day twist that is different but welcoming to the ears. The only complaint I have is the busyness of the actual sound and song, because of this the words seem to get lost in the mix. During the second time of listening to the chorus your ears are able to slightly grasp what is being sung. The message of the power in the name Jesus really begins to resonate with your heart and mind once upon grasping it.

The hip hop feel that starts off "Use Me" is a bit surprising coming from Dorinda but captivating of your interest. I love how even in the midst of the changing sound Dorinda's voice still carries her signature style. The sampling of children's voice within the song really was creative. The background vocals and Dorinda singing together didn't mesh as well as I would have liked within the song because in some portions it appeared a bit conflicting instead cooperative. The simplicity of the chorus allowed it to be so you found yourself singing along within your first listen. The vocal freestyling done towards the end of the song was a Dorinda Clark Cole fan's dream, during this she displayed why she is still reveered in the gospel industry. 

The piano intro of "Bless This House,"  the second single off the album that has been gaining traction in the radio airwaves, immediately mentally  transports you to a place of reverence to God. The addition of the organ add a church essence to the song that can only be done through the organ. Dorinda's voice really sounds superb on the song and really causes you as the listener to feel every lyric that is sung. The chorus of the song is very reminiscent of the Clark Sisters original sound the women are famously known for. The exhortation given at the middle of the song accomplishes what I am sure it meant to do and that is to be encouraging. The including of the background vocalists only propells the Clark Sisters sound even further. 

"In The Dark" begins with a very futuristic, electronic sound that cause you to wonder where the direction of the song is headed. As Dorinda begins to sing the song your mind is reminded of the 80's style of music made famous by the artist such as Prince and Shelia E. Once your attention is captured during the song it is somewhat lost and never fully regained.

Dorinda's unique vocal stylings begin "Save Me Now" and through that she really grabs your heart and attention. The background vocalists chosen for this song sound marvelous together, and truly enhance the song. The sound during the chorus has a hymn like perception to it that is reminiscent of songs the modern day church was founded on. The simplicity of the song makes it easy to connect with, especially if you are in a situation that you need the Lord's help with. Even with the connecting, the consistent repetition of the chorus causes the song to begin to feel monotonous.

"Holy" begins with a short exhortation by Dorinda on the holiness of God that mentally causes you to think about the greatness and holiness of the God we serve. The singing portion of the song begins with a praise and worship style that I could see incorporated in many churches for the praise and worship portion of service. Because of the simple call and response nature of the song I see many congregation picking up on the song very quickly adding to the reason I see it being potentially sung in many churches. The chorus of the song does a great job of creating a climatic effect that causes your mind and heart to react in an internal praise. The bridge of the song pushes that internal praise even further. The combination of the song lyrics and Dorinda's adlibs work perfectly together. 

An uptempo beat begins "Antidote," which immediately captures your attention. The song has a very busy sound once the background singers are added along side Dorinda that makes it slightly difficult to initially follow along with. Upon the second time listening to the chorus your ears become accustomed to the song and allow you to follow and catch on much easier. The song has a great message and catchy tune that eventually causes it to  become easy to sing along with.

"He Still Loves Me" begins with a calypso/reggae beat that immediately causes your body to want to react in some way. Dorinda's voice surprisingly meshes very well with the song and creates an island sound mixed with her own uniqueness. The song is infectious in the good feeling that is creates in you. The bridge does a great job, truly showcasing Dorinda's voice. The scatting Dorinda does towards the end of the song is so original in nature to this style of music but surprisingly  fits the sound.

The piano and orchestra beginning of "Living It" set the stage for an emotionally gripping song. Once Dorinda begins singing she pushes that feeling even further. I think it was very smart musically to solely showcase Dorinda's voice throughout the song because it makes the song very intimate. The song reminds you of the staying essence of the God we serve, that can't help but resonate with the hearts of a believer. This is definitely a favorite of mine off the album. 

The first time I heard "Write My Name" was on the gospel singing competition Sunday Best where one of the greatest mic tosses I have ever seen took place. After my initial hearing of the song I fell in love with it. This only caused me to be elated to see that it was included on the album. The song has an old school church sound and essence to it, that you cannot help but love and appreciate. The collaboration of Dorinda and Donnie McClurkins is a listeners dream come true. I thought the including of this song that was written and recorded by her mother Mattie Moss Clark, was a very great and touching way to pay homage to her. Upon listening to Dorinda sing the chorus, it seems like this song was created for Dorinda's voice and she delivers it extremely well. The musicianship displayed on the song is simply put incredible and a forward pusher to the greatness of the song. As an adlib great, this a fan's dream because on the vamp Dorinda displays how great her adlibing skills truly are. The exchange between Dorinda and Donnie on the vamp really shows why these two are such great artist and vocalists. The musicians take you into a personal praise with the greatness of their playing. A disclaimer needs to be placed on the song because it is dangerous to do anything beside just listening because it is a soul stirring song. This was a definitely a perfect way to end the album, with a praise. 

The album is amazing and something that is out of the box for Dorinda. Eventhough it is out of the box for her and has a few bumps,  it is not something that as a fan you will not enjoy or be disappointed by. The album is definitely something that should be added to your collection especially if you are a fan of Dorinda's. Go out and by the album you will not be disappointed. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Review. God Bless!!!


Monday, February 16, 2015

Pentecostal Fashion - Oversized Scaves

Courtesy: Asos
Hey everyone!!! As we continue in this harsh winter, this trend I am writing about is intended to help keep you warm during these chilly months. The trend I am talking about are Oversized Scarves. What started as a joke for many has now become the “It” accessory to wear. The great thing about this trend is that it is not gender specific and a great way to keep warm. The key to this trend is to ensure that the scarf appears carefree. The way to have it appear care free is accomplished with how it is worn. It is most appealing when just wrapped around the neck and not tied or to have a loose knot if tied.  As we continue in this harsh winter go out and get your oversized scarves. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Fashion. God Bless!!!
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