STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11677-10479 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Nigel Harris
Blu99 (Believer's Local Union #99) is "a gathering of singers and musicians from different denominations, different life experiences, ethnicities, schools of fashion, political parties and cultural backgrounds with a common purpose: to praise our God and draw others closer to him." Worship leaders Steve Hanson, Ron Smith and producer Jake Thorne have drawn together an amazing musical collective from across the San Francisco Bay area. Blu99 apparently includes well known musicians from both Christian and secular industries, with credits ranging from Billy Joel, Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt to Whitney Houston, Bryan Duncan and the Promise Keepers Band. As a result you can't pigeon hole their music. Their musical style encompasses gospel, R&B, rock and funk - all delivered with a foot-stomping energy that just draws you irresistibly to worship with them. It goes without saying that the musicianship and production are just outstanding. And the Blu99 horn section just HAS to be heard! The 14 tracks here include some of the leaders' own compositions, traditional hymns "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" and "Come All Ye Faithful" given a gospel R&B treatment, and even a "guest sermon" from Rev Rondelle Whitman on "Yes, He Is". It doesn't get any better.
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