JGM Pick of the Week: August 1, 2016

The-Masters-Calling-slider-Grenleaf-DJW“The Master’s Calling”
Deborah Joy Winans
Malaco Records

“The Master’s Calling” by singer and actor Deborah Joy Winans is at turns haunting, electrifying, and inspiring, and quite possibly one of the best gospel songs of the year.

Written by Thad Cockrell, the song opens with a solemn piano and organ and features an earnest and delicate Winans answered by a commanding gospel choir. “Listen while you still can hear / The Master’s calling.”

The daughter of contemporary gospel pioneer Carvin Winans, Deborah plays Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) drama, Greenleaf, from whence the song comes. Although most know Winans as an actor, this song demonstrates her great potential as a singer outside of the dramatic stage.

“The Master’s Calling,” which could have gone on for twice its length, is available on the Greenleaf soundtrack.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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