JGM Pick of the Week: March 20, 2017

“Continuous Praise (Over and Over)”
Zion’s Joy!
Damascus Road Recording (release date: January 14, 2017)

On “Continuous Praise (Over and Over),” Zion’s Joy!, an eleven-member multicultural gospel group from Indianapolis, evokes Kirk Franklin’s ensembles with its staccato vocals, musical swagger, ear candy hooks, and professional production.

It’s a praise song with the zest to lift congregants up out of the pews and into the aisles, especially during the vamp, when the singers move into Friends of Distinction mode and begin singing contrapuntal motives.

A workout mix, released in February, accentuates the electronica to optimize aerobic effort.

Founded in 2008 by Richard W. Stevenson and originally called Zion’s Voice, Zion’s Joy! anticipates releasing an album later this spring.

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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