JGM Pick of the Week: September 19, 2016

i-give-you-praise-lord-chicago-mass-choir“I Give You Praise, Lord”
Chicago Mass Choir
From the New Haven Records CD
I Give You Praise (2016)

On their latest single, “I Give You Praise, Lord,” the celebrated Chicago Mass Choir delivers P&W with P&D (power and drama).

The song begins with the sopranos singing delicately, like a praise team, and opens like a flower when the key changes.  From there, the song builds to a sonorous strength.

All the while, longtime Chicago Mass songwriter and producer Percy Gray lifts each line for the choir’s response and assent.  The semi-a cappella segment at the end rounds up any listeners not already convinced of the choir’s conviction.

The album, I Give You Praise, has been nominated for a Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year.

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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