JGM Pick of the Week: August 13, 2018

“With All My Heart”
Marlon McDaniel
M2 Music (release date: August 4, 2016)
www.marlonmcdaniel.com

By Bob Marovich

Accompanied only by piano, gospel singer-songwriter Marlon McDaniel delivers a delicate ballad of praise in “With All My Heart.”

The song’s audience-melting sweetness earned the Ohio singer from the Church of God in Christ two Rhythm of Gospel Awards this summer: Best Performance by a Male Artist, and Praise & Worship Male Vocalist of the Year.

With its lovely melody and uncomplicated lyrics, “With All My Heart” allows so much space for vocal improvisation that gospel singers who hear it will be dying to give it a try for themselves. Just stand flatfooted and let the melisma flow! And get yourself a strong pianist or at least have the musicians play softly.  Add strings for extra flavor.

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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