JGM Pick of the Week: September 18, 2017

“I Thank You Lord”
Terri McConnell
Royal T Records (release date: August 29, 2017)

By Bob Marovich

From its southern-fried funky beat to Terri McConnell’s wizened alto, “I Thank You Lord” is as traditional and delicious as sweet tea.

McConnell gushes with gratitude to God for creating a path for her, but her blessings are not over yet. Quoting 1 Corinthians 2:9, she sings that “eyes have not seen nor ears heard” what God has in store for her. When she moves into “makes me wanna moan sometimes,” she has us.

A two-time Rhythm of Gospel Award winner, Terri McConnell is originally from Oklahoma.  As a youth, she formed a gospel group comprised of her sisters; they appeared as the Lewis Sisters.  A wife and mother of five, McConnell worked in nursing prior to launching her solo gospel music career. Her downhome style is evocative of the late Leomia Boyd.

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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