JGM Pick of the Week: November 19, 2019

“Happy”
Edward “Busta” Fields & Friends
DarkChild Gospel / BF Sounds Music
(release date: April 21, 2019)

By Bob Marovich

Edward “Busta” Fields & Friends’ new single “Happy” is not a gospelized version of the Pharrell Williams hit from 2013 but a declaration that “holiness is right” and that all happiness comes through faithfulness to the Lord.

Produced by Bubby Fann and Richard “Tubbs” Smith, this earnest pledge of discipleship blends today’s extroverted Millennial gospel sound with fundamental workshop choir techniques. Fields’ attractively husky baritone shifts from melodic to gruff to full-on shout as the song, propelled by smooth-singing background harmonizers, drives toward its emotional apex.

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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