JGM Pick of the Week: April 23, 2019

“Hold My Hand Lord”
Donny Pomerlee feat. Paul Porter
BBG Entertainment, LLC (release date: February 24, 2019)

By Bob Marovich

On “Hold My Hand Lord,” Donny Pomerlee’s lithe tenor and Paul Porter’s gritty growl are like sugar and salt, and are just as addictive together.

A native of Chicago, Pomerlee honed his vocal and instrumental skills in city churches. He was named Praise and Worship Artist of the Year at the first Chicago Gospel Music Awards. In lyric and style, however, “Hold My Hand Lord” is about as far from P&W as you can get. Pomerlee’s fourth single has that earthy gospel quartet vibe, featuring stinging guitars, a strutting beat, Porter’s gut-wrenching vocal delivery, and a quartet backing the duo as they trade leads.

This song about needing the Lord’s protective embrace is as down-home as red clay and magnolia trees. “Donny, I’m getting happy now!” Porter exclaims, then lets loose with a series of earth-shattering shouts.

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.