Mike McCoy & Voices United
Continue to Continue
M. McCoy Publishing (2008)

Reviewed by Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog.

In 1994, Mike McCoy assembled Voices United from choir directors, pastors, preachers, praise and worship leaders, musicians and evangelists living in the Washington, DC area.

In February 2006, the group won the national Gospel Heritage Praise & Worship Choir Competition, and two years later, released its sophomore CD, Continue to Continue.

Their combined professionalism and years of singing together are evident on Continue to Continue, recorded live at the Master’s Child Church in District Heights, Maryland, where Bishop Melvin Robinson, Jr. is Senior Pastor.

Voices United is a contemporary gospel choir with a big, bold, brassy sound; its round, throaty harmonies are especially robust on tracks such as “Join Me in the Praise,” “Help Me Lift Jesus Up” and “Get Thee Hence.” The group can also sound like an old-fashioned senior choir, as on Freddy Jackson’s lushly orchestrated, classical “Come Thy Holy Spirit.” The ensemble navigates the complex choral parts seamlessly.

Several female lead vocalists stand out on Continue to Continue. Cherlita Claiborne handles the contemporary ballad “He’ll Take Care of You” with lovely finesse, and Lady Kim McLeod does an equally fine job on “I’ll Praise Him.” The star, however, is Vanessa Williams on “From My Heart.” She gives this praise ballad an R&B feel with Whitney Houston-style grace notes.

Stephen Hurd makes a cameo appearance as Exaltor on “Lord I Worship You the King.” Listen for McCoy’s polished piano work throughout the project.

Continue to Continue is restful and contemplative, and with the right amount of energy to keep listeners engaged and inspired.

Four of Five Stars

“From My Heart,” “I’ll Praise Him.”


  1. Anonymous January 22, 2011 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Vanessa Williams is a powerhouse. I like Mike McKoy but I will be buying the album because of Vanessa! She needs to release another CD!

  2. mike mccoy January 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    I like Mike McCoy to!!!!! Oh this is Mike McCoy!

  3. Vickyc55 January 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Mike McCoy & Voices United are an annointed group of musicians, soloist, song writers, and powerful voices giving God the glory.
    I personally love their music and inhabit their praise.

  4. Anonymous January 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Congrats! May God continue to bless your ministry!
    ~Rhonda Burnett-Chapman

  5. Kendall January 25, 2011 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    Mike McCoy and Voices have a classic mature sound that is wonderful. They never disappoint.

  6. Anonymous January 26, 2011 at 2:08 am - Reply

    I love Mike’s sound and His Spirit. Mike & Voices United have a wonderful and powerful sound that will be around for years to come. I have all of His CD’s and I will continue to continue to Uplift Him & Voices in all of their projects. Be Blessed Brother Mike.
    Elder Gloria Hyman

  7. Billy Hart January 26, 2011 at 4:06 am - Reply

    Empowered by the vision that the Lord has given him; Mike McCoy continues to raise the standard. Congratulations to all that are blessed parts of Voices United.

  8. La Rissa January 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Mike McCoy and Voices United has been set apart to be disciples of Jesus Christ. To spread the good news without compromising it for fame. Mike McCoy is truly being lead by God and is obedient to the Holy Spirit. Mike McCoy and Voices United “Continue to Continue”. Continue being used by God to reach the unsaved, to make more disciples of Jesus Christ,to not compromise the word. You have a ministry that is touching the hearts and lives of many. Stay encouraged and seize the opportunities that have been given to be the light on top of the hill. Praying much success for you and the group.

  9. Richard Smallwood January 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Congrats, Mike. You KNOW I’m proud of you!

  10. Anonymous January 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    You guys are awesome! “Continue to Continue” to Praise the Lord and Minister through song! Love you all!

  11. Anonymous January 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Mike McCoy and Voices has a blend and a sense of unity like no other!! God has Truly Blessed him!

  12. Marvin January 26, 2011 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Mike McCoy & Voices United is certainly on the rise. This project is a must have!! Congratulation Mike and we look forward to future projects!! Love ya big brother,

    Pastor Marvin E. McCoy

  13. Charlie January 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    I love this group! Check out their just released iPhone app …

  14. PJ Morgan January 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Mike McCoy and voices United are one the premier groups anywhere!! They have style, vocal ability and the anointing. Few choirs anywhere have that combination.

    Continue to continue

    PJ Morgan

  15. Anonymous January 27, 2011 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Congratulations and may his favor continue to shine upon you and the group…”Beyond, Beyond” “Drip, Drip”

  16. Anonymous January 27, 2011 at 12:31 am - Reply

    Too bad we can’t delete the very first comment! Maybe you should find a Vanessa Williams blog!

  17. Michelle January 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    This album is definitely a must buy. I’m so proud of you, Love you Much!

  18. Pam January 28, 2011 at 5:00 am - Reply

    Always have been so proud of what God has done with Mike and the Voices! Continue to let God lead you all to bless and encourage people all over the world! (Yes! to Vanessa, too) Love ya’ll!

  19. Got It! January 31, 2011 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    “What God has for you [Mike McCoy and Voices United] it is for YOU.” Continue to be elevated by God and see what He has for your ministry! MM&VU are an awesome, anointed, and talented group and most of all knows how to usher the presence of God into their music ministry whereever and whenever they are singing!!!

  20. Anonymous February 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful 2010 Stellar nominated group! ..And I can vouch that Voices United sound the same on cd as well as in person.
    Continue to Continue

  21. Sharis February 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Mike McCoy and Voices United are simply awesome. They consistently leave their audiences speechless. If you haven’t heard ‘Ready’ or ‘Continue to Continue’, you’re missing out on a blessing! Everytime I listen to either of the CD’s, or hear them live, my soul is made happy. I can’t wait to hear what they come out with next.

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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.