Ann Nesby - The Lula Lee Project

Published Wednesday 18th November 2009
Ann Nesby - The Lula Lee Project
Ann Nesby - The Lula Lee Project

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 79752-15589
LABEL: It's Time Child 9841802
RELEASE DATE: 2009-06-26
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Paddy Hudspith

Ann Nesby, formerly lead vocalist with Sounds Of Blackness, has, it seems, a secret identity! No caped crusader though, instead "mild mannered" Nesby claims her Lula Lee persona represents "the edgier side of who I am musically and personally." After significant success with the Jam & Lewis-mentored Sounds Of Blackness, Nesby launched her solo career in 1996 and 'The Lula Lee Project' is her third traditional gospel album after 'Make Me Better' and 'In The Spirit', but it would be a gross error to pigeonhole her. Indeed, Nesby's impressive mainstream career, which includes numerous Grammy nominations across various genres since 2000, affords her the experience of a deft touch whether tackling gospel, R&B, soul, jazz, hip-hop or dance/pop. Nesby states that the driving force behind this latest project was a call to remind listeners that "God is still in control" despite local, national or global uncertainty and upheaval. Indeed, opener "I Found A Place" speaks of a place of stillness in prayer despite surrounding storms, and "Higher" invites the Lord to reach down into our difficult circumstances and lift us up. High calibre "backroom staff" of the likes of Herb Middleton (SWV, Faith Evans, Mary J Blige), Debra Killings (TLC) and Tonex ensure that the sounds are top notch throughout, though at times one imagines the simplest option would be just to sit back in the producer's chair and let Ann Nesby fly! Powerful voice, powerful sound, powerful sentiments. Superb.

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Product Description
Ann Nesby returns with her third Gospel release, THE LULA LEE PROJECT, inspired by her alter ego ‘Lula Lee’. “Lula Lee is the real Ann Nesby, she is who my family and friends see on a daily basis. Lula Lee is who I am personally outside the glitz and glamour associated with my ‘Ann Nesby’ persona.” Nesby says. She was born and raised in Joliet, Illinois by her Christian parents and sung the hymns of Zion in church. She became the Ann Nesby the world knows today thanks in part to her vocal contribution as lead singer to gospel ensemble The Sounds Of Blackness. During this time she received two Grammy awards. This title has an edgier sound than her previous music. Says Nesby, “THE LULA LEE PROJECT speaks to the issues affecting the state of the world, our current national recession, to the struggles of everyday life... it is a reminder that God is still in control.”

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