“Lord, Do It For Me”
Zacardi Cortez
From the Blacksmoke Music Worldwide CD Imprint (Live in Memphis)
(release date: September 15, 2022)

By Robert M. Marovich

Not the Reverend James Cleveland classic, Zacardi Cortez’s “Lord, Do It For Me” nevertheless has the same sensibility. It’s a passionate plea for God’s help that is both personal and communal, stating with chilling conclusiveness that if God can’t solve a problem, “it won’t be done.” The dramatic melody and stark arrangement lend additional gravity.

By the vamp, Cortez is in full shouting mode, inviting the background vocalists and live audience to join him in a universal cry for God’s aid. The track drips with emotional intensity. Actually, I’m not sure it can get any emotional than it does. Effective.

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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.