Voices of Praise – I Give My All

Voices of Praise
I Give My All
Voices of Praise (2012)
http://www.nyvoicesofpraise.com/

By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog.

Organized in 2000 by Delmark Joseph out of the First Wesleyan Church of Brooklyn, Voices of Praise is now a sextette that represents several different churches and whose members write original songs. I Give My All is the group’s new CD.

What’s immediately notable about Voices of Praise is its deliciously sweet harmonies. The blend is bright and fresh-faced, like Forever Jones or the Irish pop group the Corrs. Old-schoolers like me hear something of the folk group the Seekers in the Voices of Praise’s crisp tonality. Their harmonies are so tight a thin razor could not fit between the notes.

The album’s songs come from the pens of group members, with Marisa Joseph contributing the album’s two finest tracks, “Owe It All” and “I Give All of Me.” Both are representative of the group’s CCM-inflected pop melodies with contemporary gospel underlayment and a smidgen of Smallwood in their semi-classical flourishes. Despite the uncomplicated melodies—“The Heart of the Father” is as straightforward as it gets—I Give My All suggests the group has had classical music training. Bobby Soverall’s solo piano variation on “I Give All of Me” is ample testimony to that.

The lyrics are almost uniformly about praise and adoration, though “The Heart of the Father” and “My Word” find the soul struggling for salvation in times of trouble.

While the first few tracks on I Give My All are the strongest, with the light Caribbean beat of “My Strength”  setting the mood, all of the songs and performances on the album are as likely to please members of liturgical churches as those who prefer more demonstrative worship services.

Three of Five Stars

Picks: “Owe It All,” “I Give All of Me.”

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. Love this album

  2. Ever since I got this cd, it has been a blessing. It has found a new home in my cd player. Every song ministers to me. Every single one.

  3. i give a five out of five

  4. Voices of Praise really scored an “A” with this one. From “Praise Him” to “The Heart of the Father” to “My Word” there is something for everyone. “All Hail the King” is an automatic winner as it is very dynamic and has a whole lot going on in it. Then you have my favorite, “Owe It All.” It is simple, humble, but so, so, powerful. I’m sure you will love this album. Kudos VOP, and God Bless.

  5. Really nice!!!

  6. This album is amazing from beginning to end. The musicianship is out of this world. Calvin Rodgers is awesome on this. My favorite tracks are ‘My Word’ and the title track ‘I Give All Of Me’.

  7. This album is worth so much more than its being sold for. I would have easily paid more for this high caliber. I love it so much.

  8. Bobby Soverall is killin’ on the piano. Oh My! That piano solo is a mix of gospel and classical. So
    A W E S O M E

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