JGM Pick of the Week – July 5, 2022

“Take Me to the River”
VAA’DAM
KJ Productions (release date: March 8, 2022)

By Robert M. Marovich

The last time JGM heard from Dallas, Texas-based female duo VAA’DAM, they were featured on Kisha Grandy’s 2021 album Epitome.

Trina and Quita are back with “Take Me to the River,” a laidback and soulful paean to the power of redemption through baptism. It’s not a redux of the spiritual sometimes called “None but the Righteous,” but a new song written by Kelton Je’Von. The group’s nod to folk spirituals continues in its reference to going “down to the riverside / to study war no more.”

For those wondering, VAA’DAM stands for Vocal Anointed Angels Defining Acoustic Melodies.

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.