Richard Smallwood - Persuaded: Live In DC

Published Monday 25th June 2007
Richard Smallwood - Persuaded: Live In DC
Richard Smallwood - Persuaded: Live In DC

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Verity 01241431729
FORMAT: DVD Music video
RELEASE DATE: 2007-02-28
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Allan Clare

Recorded live at Jericho City of Praise Church with a 10,000 member congregation in Washington DC in 2001, this offers a 140-minute recording of searing gospel is at last available on DVD. It's an extraordinary celebration which has the packed church join a wonderful choir (who have worked with Smallwood on previous projects) for a lengthy time of praise and worship. There are a few short interviews with Smallwood himself, in which he explains his musical influences. He has married classical and gospel and this is seen in the brief preludes and introductions to the main tracks (composed by Darin Otwater, who also leads the orchestra). The production is top quality and the atmosphere of praise is spirit lifting. Visually it is also amazing - perhaps it's true to say that gospel is as much a visual form of worship as a musical one. The choir are quite literally resplendent, and they pour body and soul into their vocal performances, while to see so many thousands join in with a choir who are giving their all is wonderful. This really is a vibrant and busy production with a vast array of material to delight the spiritual senses of those who watch. Audience participation is encouraged throughout, bringing what could have been a polished concert performance into an all congregation worship meeting. The song "Calvary" is perhaps the centrepiece - a beautiful blues style ballad which builds and builds to an outpouring of abandonment to God. I've never seen such total joy in any church meeting I've attended, and if I ever go to Washington, this Church will be one of the first places I look for!

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Product Description
Now available on DVD!
Recorded in April 2001 at the megachurch Jericho City Of Praise in Washington DC in front of a capacity crowd of 10,000 gospel fans, Richard Smallwood and his extraordinary vocal group Vision brought down the house!
With almost two and a half hours of music and ministry, this fully-orchestrated concert includes the hits My Everything, Calvary and Nothing Without Your Love among others.
Running time 140 minutes.

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