For a long time, gospel music and what is now termed contemporary Christian music were disparate genres. Today it seems as if each is picking up some of the qualities of the other: CCM is getting rootsier and funkier, and gospel is incorporating some of the lovely melodies that have long been CCM’s strong suit.
A fine example of this musical cross-pollination can be found on Bishop T.D. Jakes’ He-Motions project, courtesy of EMI Gospel and Dexterity Sounds. In particular, “Take My Life,” featuring the smooth vocals of Houston’s Micah Stampley, blends a quality CCM melody with the honest beat of gospel, producing a crossover-ready recording. It’s hard not to play this song over and over. “Take My Life” is one of my favorite gospel singles this year.
Grade = A