“Come Praise the Lord”
Sounds of Imani
Heaven-Wings Records (release date: September 26, 2020)
By Robert M. Marovich
There have been husband-and-wife singing duos in gospel music since the beginning of the genre. For nearly 25 years, Pastor Gerald and Lady Carol Irvin have maintained the tradition, with “Come Praise the Lord” their latest single.
Unlike the duo’s breezy, Hawkins-esque “Because of Who You Are,” the new song is a disco-driven piece that encourages everyone to dance while praising. “Move your feet to the beat,” the background vocalists chime, as Gerald and Carol weave their vocals together like a gospelized Yarborough and Peoples. Glad they didn’t include a Synare electronic drum; I would have had flashbacks to my flared jeans.