“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.