“Come Praise the Lord” – Sounds of Imani

“Come Praise the Lord”
Sounds of Imani
Heaven-Wings Records (release date: September 26, 2020)

By Robert M. Marovich

There have been husband-and-wife singing duos in gospel music since the beginning of the genre. For nearly 25 years, Pastor Gerald and Lady Carol Irvin have maintained the tradition, with “Come Praise the Lord” their latest single.

Unlike the duo’s breezy, Hawkins-esque “Because of Who You Are,” the new song is a disco-driven piece that encourages everyone to dance while praising. “Move your feet to the beat,” the background vocalists chime, as Gerald and Carol weave their vocals together like a gospelized Yarborough and Peoples. Glad they didn’t include a Synare electronic drum; I would have had flashbacks to my flared jeans.

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.