LeAnne Palmore: Interpretations of Grace (a review)


Interpretations of Grace
LeAnne Palmore
Passion Parts Entertainment 2008
www.leannepalmore.com

It’s hard not to fall madly in love with this CD.

And this comes from a reviewer who prefers the extremes, the traditional and the ultra-urban gospel sounds, in all of their gutsy rhythm and soul. But one inspirational ballad after another on Interpretations of Grace is breathtakingly beautiful and heartrending, with some ranking among the best songs I’ve heard thus far this year, in any genre.

Two inspirational ballads in particular took my breath away: “Restore My Soul” and “Love Never Fades Away.” “Take My Chances,” with its African-infused vocal percussion and well-crafted lyrics, is ready-made for the soundtrack of a film or television show. All of them are the kind of performances that leave you nodding your head in satisfaction.

“Come Let Us Worship“ is TBGB’s radio recommendation because it showcases LeAnne’s bluesier church side, beneath which can be heard the gentle purring of Virgil Straford’s Hammond organ that, by default, gives the performance a traditional feel. You can almost hear the congregants shouting by the coda.

Although LeAnne is most at ease singing ballads, she shows on “Makin’ It Work“ and “Victory” that she is equally comfortable, and equally compelling, on the more urban-flavored numbers.

None of this is surprising if one considers that for more than a decade LeAnne has provided background vocals for top-shelf gospel and Christian artists such as Beverly Crawford, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Donald Lawrence, Michael W. Smith, Stephen Curtis Chapman, and most recently Israel, Jonathan Butler, and JoAnn Rosario. And, in the same spirit, LeAnne is assisted on her project by solo gospel artists Jerard Woods and 2003 Gospel Dream winner Benita Washington, who serve as choristers.

Interpretations of Grace reminds me of Bridgette Campbell’s self-produced debut CD Bridgette (From the Heart Records 2003) in its just-waiting-to-be-discovered freshness. If LeAnne is not picked up by a major label, I’ll be surprised, because she’s the entire package: she can sing, she can write…LeAnne Palmore sparkles!

Four of Four Stars

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.

8 comments

  1. I love this CD. I love “Take my Chances and Victory!” The ones that really take me directly to Worship are “Come Let Us Worship and Restore My Soul!” And for us that really, really, really love Jesus the songs “Love Never Fades Away” and In The Bible are truly Awesome!

    We are not suppose to be listening to Christian music or be on the internet but I just had to comment!
    I love this whole CD!!!!!!!! It really ministers to my soul!!! Thank you LeAnne for being used by the Lord!!! Your sister in Christ!

    Lady Minister

  2. I have been waiting for her project to come out for somtime now, but I can’t seem to find it in the stores or online anywhere…Help

  3. Not enough adjectives or superlatives to discribe how much I love this CD. Here is an example, I purchased two Cd’s when she visited my church in Columbia, SC a few months ago. I keep one in the house and one in the van. I have an older vehicle that still has a cassette player so I’ve double recorded it on a 90 minute cassette (repeat effect). Ms. Palmore if you should read this remember “Celebrate Grace”, I’ll be listing.

  4. LeeAnne is a precious gift from Heaven. God has shown us good things through her ministry and dedication to The King of kings.

    Love,

    Ken & Lori Valerius
    Cincinnati, OH

  5. HEY TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS CD IT IS SO VERY RARE TO BUY A CD AND EVERY SONG ON IT IS GOOD WOW LOVE IT, IT SHOULD BE IN EVERY STORE, EVERY CAR AND IN EVERY HOUSE BEAUTIFUL CD THANKS PSALMIST LEANNE PALMORE FOR THIS BLESS CD

  6. HEY TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS CD IT IS SO VERY RARE TO BUY A CD AND EVERY SONG ON IT IS GOOD WOW LOVE IT, IT SHOULD BE IN EVERY STORE, EVERY CAR AND IN EVERY HOUSE BEAUTIFUL CD THANKS PSALMIST LEANNE PALMORE

  7. Talk about passion and sincerity of expression… This album really sets the peaceful atmosphere that I need for worship… God bless you Leanne… and all the people behind this project 🙂 Nadine

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