“A Million Dreams”
Laila Adele & One Nation feat. Jonas Engstrom
Independent (release date: June 17, 2021) www.onenation.se
By Robert M. Marovich
For decades, songs from the Broadway stage have been anointed with sacred oil through covers by gospel artists. Among these are “Sunrise Sunset” from Fiddler on the Roof (Mahalia Jackson), “Without a Song” from Great Day (James Cleveland and the Cleveland Singers), and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel (Five Blind Boys of Alabama).
In the hands of Laila Adele and Jonas Engstrom’s One Nation gospel choir from Sweden, “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman becomes an inspirational anthem ideally suited for a time when hope and unity seem distant dreams. Laila’s throaty, expressive lead and the sunny voices and sparkling harmonies of One Nation underscore the positive sentiment.
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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.