JGM Pick of the Week: August 9, 2021

Pastor Mike Jr.
Blacksmoke Music Worldwide (release date: July 30, 2021)

By Robert M. Marovich

Pastor Mike McClure Jr., better known as Pastor Mike Jr., the 2021 Stellar Awards Artist of the Year and gospel music’s current It Guy, cleverly gospelizes Gnarls Barkley’s 2006 smash hit “Crazy” as “Amazing.” Amazingly, it works.

To a chill arrangement and with ample support from a full-throated choir of background vocalists, Pastor Mike Jr. takes his time with the famous melody. He stretches the tension to the breaking point, then lets the choir handle the finish.

Expect groups around the country to add this to their repertories.

Pastor Mike Jr. is preparing for the release of his album, Singles Ministry (note: “Amazing” is not on this new album).

About 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.