..more Fans looking for an early preview of new music from chart-topping foursome The Afters will have their chance later this month as the bands song Life Is Beautiful is featured in the upcoming feature film October Baby.
As the album’s title indicates, PRAISE & WORSHIP is about expressing gratitude and celebrating belief, and Rosario does just that on songs like “Open My Eyes Lord” and “Glory to You.” With its danceable rhythms and occasional Spanish-language lyrics, PRAISE & WORSHIP is a nice change of pace for modern Christians eager for new musical sounds.
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With its sleek production, pulsing beats, and club-ready rhythms, singer Jo Ann Rosario’s music wouldn’t sound out of place on urban contemporary radio.
Yet Rosario’s primary motivation isn’t moving bodies on the dance floor, it’s testifying for her Christian faith.
Other voices worth noting are the Singletons (who sizzle on "Pour Out Your Holy Spirit"), Darrin Patterson, and Bridgette Campbell (the anthemic "Yeah Yeah").Still on a project that Hammond designed for the talents of others, it seems strange that truly the most remarkable tune is "Let Me Tell It," an emotional experience/duet by Hammond and Keith Staten.One of the most dynamic musical evangelical lights in modern gospel takes a funky and inspired Quincy Jones turn on this unique project.Hammond wrote or co-wrote the songs and produced or co-produced (and co-executive produced) the multi-faceted recording, which seems geared towards introducing great young singers to the masses. Hopefully some of the solid singers here will find this a gateway to a solo career -- particularly Jonathan Dunn, whose vocal on "My Deliverer" has the kind of urgency lacking on some of the other slick, soulful ballads here.And it's doubtful Hammond really would want that sort of reaction.Still worthwhile to hear the great talent involved.