JGM Pick of the Week: October 10, 2017

“I’ve Got to Win”
Tonya Lewis-Taylor
From the EARS Entertainment Group
I’ve Got to Win 2.0 (EP, released August 24, 2017)
www.tonyalewistaylor.com

By Bob Marovich

“I’ve Got to Win” is Tonya Lewis-Taylor at her most expressive.

This slow burner of a title track is a modified and more radio-ready version of the title track and emotional highpoint of her 2014 live album, Delayed but Not Denied.

Like its predecessor, the inspirational “I’ve Got to Win” benefits from delicate musical accompaniment that provides Lewis-Taylor ample room to emote about how she has persisted in her journey despite almost insurmountable odds. A group of background vocalists offer support as she steadily builds towards an emotional conclusion that feels less like a resolution than a “to be continued.”

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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