JGM Pick of the Week: October 6, 2020

“Testimony”
Young Men 4 Christ
From the EP Elevation (release date: September 11, 2020)
www.youngmen4christ.com

By Bob Marovich

On “Testimony,” Detroit’s Young Men 4 Christ blend the fervor of traditional gospel quartet singing with hard-driving contemporary musicianship.

The lead vocalist assembles familiar couplets and references from the Bible to hint at a story behind the testimony. You never hear exactly what happened to make the singers so joyful (sickness? near-death experience?), but their gratitude is unambiguous, from the verses through the compulsory vamp.

A favorite line: “You better turn your radio up tonight.” Just like the preachers used to say.

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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