JGM Pick of the Week: July 3, 2017

“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.

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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