“Jehovah Jireh”
Zak Williams & 1/Akord
Enon Music Group (release date: September 17, 2021)

By Robert M. Marovich

“Jehovah Jireh” celebrates God and old-school (’80s) gospel, Philly style.

Representing the City of Brotherly Love, Zak Williams & 1/Akord offer a praise song with an agile arrangement noted for full-throated staccato choral singing, evangelistic exhortations from Williams, a flowing melody, and a hard-hitting rhythm section.

Williams namechecks GMWA Mass Choir and Wilmington Chester Mass Choir alumnus Kevin Pringle, not only for added Philly cred but because the recording is a cover of Pringle’s composition.

I first learned of Zak Williams & 1/Akord at the 2012 Rhythm of Gospel Awards, where they carried off two honors: Contemporary Choir of the Year and Community Choir of the Year. In my experience, ROGA has been spot-on when it comes to their choir awards. Every artist receiving them has been disciplined, spirited, and musical. 1/A shows itself fierce on this simple but effective praiser.

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Written by : 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.