Verify Music brings an astounding compilation of Gospel Music’s most revered icons, cutting-edge talent and songs together for WOW Gospel 2012. Hearing Marvin Sapp’s “He Has His Hands on You” and “The PAJAM trio 21:03 on “Incredible,” plus a collection of stellar artists such as Mary Mary and Fred Hammond establishes why this project needed 30 songs to render the two discs complete. Kirk Franklin’s “Before I Die” and Kim Burrell’s “Sweeter” combined with the beautiful vocals of Jessica Reedy’s “Put it on the Altar” adds an aura of anticipation for the rest of the CD. The reverence of Jennifer Hudson’s “Believe” is emotionally stirring and true to Gospel music’s heritage of inspirational arrangements. Israel Houghton’s “Love God Love People” adds a contemporary blend of technology and trend-setting harmonies that is as intense as it is energetic. Noteworthy are Isaac Carree’s “In the Middle” and “Well Done” by Deitrick Haddon, the latter, a fitting title for this compilation.
The piano and brass on Anita Wilson’s “Speechless” sum up the response that is evoked by this experience. WOW continues the legacy throughout disc two. The collaboration of Andraé Crouch and Marvin Winans is a special delight to an already outstanding compilation. John P. Kee with Rance Allen on “Blessings” is powerfully reminiscent of the influence of traditional gospel greats The Soul Stirrers. The thoughtful combination of studio and live projects makes the album flow and should be a clinic and inspiration to listeners, gospel artists and fans alike. Wess Morgan and the intricate use of strings and choir are breathtaking. “Bless the Lord” with Myron Butler is also notable. WOW 2012 stands out for both quality and quantity of celebrated artists. From Donald Lawrence to Richard Smallwood, the contribution of arrangements and performances are memorable, diverse and exciting. This year’s edition of WOW will please the spectrum of worship music listeners and help spread the word that Gospel music is alive and well.
More: Songs like Dorinda Clark-Coles “Back to You” and Mali Music’s “Make Me New.” The songs use of traditional and contemporary instruments, with lyrics that speak to today’s challenges bring the Gospel in a refreshing package. Gospel Family Forever Jones sang it right on this collection; these tunes are “Heaven.”
Less: Time between Wow Gospel compilations.
WOW Gospel 2012