JGM Pick of the Week: May 29, 2018

“Prayer Changes Things”
Adriann Lewis-Freeman
D.A.F. Entertainment Group (release date: May 12, 2017)

By Bob Marovich

The former lead singer of the female gospel group RiZen takes us to church with her solo debut, “Prayer Changes Things.”

Produced by her brother, Ay’Ron Lewis, and supported by effervescent background singers and musicians, the song finds Adriann Lewis-Freeman getting downright evangelistic as she advises listeners to “turn it over to the Lord” because “He will work it out and come through for you.”

Lewis-Freeman sings from experience, having dealt with a cervical cancer diagnosis, the challenges of single motherhood, and having a father facing death.

Her vamp on the power of prayer runs the gamut from biblical references (e.g., Daniel in the lion’s den: “he didn’t need no Nyquil, he didn’t need no sleeping pills, but he cried to the Lord”) to a list of today’s personal and social problems, including a reference to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The song has that traditional edge reminiscent of RiZen’s 2003 version of “View the City.” A solid debut effort from a stone singer.

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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