“Grace & Mercy”
Tamika Patton feat. Min. Earl Bynum
Available on iTunes and other Digital Media
By Bob Marovich
On the independent single, “Grace & Mercy,” Tamika Patton proclaims her gratitude to God for his unconditional love and forgiveness. Such compassion, given “to a wretch like me,” has inspired her to pass it forward. The song’s carefree arrangement and mid-tempo two-step rhythm echo Patton’s exhilaration.
She and featured guest vocalist Minister Earl Bynum, who joins halfway through, complement one another well. Their melodic voices, gilded with gospel grit, have a tangy blend, like salt and vinegar, as they go out riffing on Psalm 23:6: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”
A Philadelphian, Tamika Patton was Voted Best Inspirational Singer in America by Radio One, and has portrayed Mahalia Jackson on stage. Bynum is a Stellar Award-winning singer, choir director, music minister, and songwriter. The two should do more singing together.