Independent (release date: March 17, 2019)
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.