JGM Pick of the Week: March 23, 2021

“It Was the Blood”
Minister James Willis & Nu Praze
From the CD The Book of James V. 1
http://minjamesawillisjr.com

By Robert M. Marovich

Blood songs are especially relevant during the Lenten season, and Minister James Willis & Nu Praze deliver one in “It Was the Blood.”

The musicians and singers embed bluesy notes in this simple but effective song that all but calls for congregational participation on the chorus. Powerhouse vocalist Treva Jones is her remarkable self as featured soloist, especially during the vamp, when she offers a litany of ills that Jesus’s blood has healed. Despite surges of contemporary musicianship, the gospel waltz tempo gives everything a churchy vibe.

Minister Willis & Nu Praze hail from Oklahoma City. Treva Jones is a native of Houston, Texas. Excellent radio material.

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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