JGM Pick of the Week: October 26, 2020

“Never Give Up”
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
From the Motown Gospel CD Royalty: Live at the Ryman

By Bob Marovich

Although the gospel-meets-country selections on Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s new album, Royalty: Live at the Ryman, are the most fascinating, none of them surpasses the beautiful ballad, “Never Give Up.”

Leonard moves from poignant to passionate, from vulnerable to victorious, as she relates how she had her doubts with “the walls closing in” and  while “so many others gave up on me,” but “you waited for me with your arms wide open.”

“Never Give Up” offers some of Leonard’s most expansive singing on an album brimming with marvelous singing.

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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