JGM Pick of the Week: April 1, 2019

“Reach”
DOE
Independent (release date: March 17, 2019)
www.doejonesmusic.com

By Bob Marovich

“Reach,” the new single by GRAMMY-nominated gospel artist Dominique Jones (aka DOE), represents her finest work to date, amidst a string of quality songs.

It’s simply and gently direct, a prayer rising from an anguished soul that builds in intensity and uplift as the song progresses. Doe’s vocals rise and fall like steady breathing.  The arrangement sounds ready-made for that poignant part of a drama when the protagonist discovers the answer, and musters the inner strength, to resolve the conflict.

Praise & Worship music can tend towards the conventional, imitative, and oversimplified. “Reach,” with its soulful core, is anything but.

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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