“The Master’s Calling”
Deborah Joy Winans
“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.