“Measure of a Man”
Independent (April 10, 2023)

By Robert M. Marovich

Opening with a sweetly warbling organ, “Measure of a Man” is Chicagoland-based Deacon J’s (aka singer-songwriter Dennis Jackson’s) “anthem of accountability” for adult males. “Help me push temptation away” is its recurring message.

Its lyrics evoke Eddie Robinson’s 1974 “Reflections of the Man Inside,” while its melody and arrangement hearken back to contemporary crossover gospel a la Andrae’ Crouch.

Though the single’s introduction could be shortened by half, COMMUNION’s harmonies are smooth, the production is uncomplicated, and Jackson’s lead vocals are as earnest as the theme.

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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.