Bill Gaither & T D Jakes - We Will Stand

Wednesday 1st December 2004
Bill Gaither & T D Jakes - We Will Stand
Bill Gaither & T D Jakes - We Will Stand

STYLE: Southern Gospel
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Gaither Music Group SHD2461
RELEASE DATE: 2004-02-06
RRP: £5.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Blurring the distinction between (white) Southern gospel and (black) traditional gospel, which is what this and its companion volume 'Build A Bridge' (reviewed in CR82) effectively does, may be an important contribution to church unity but it doesn't make for particularly thrilling music. Southern gospel superstar Bill Gaither and TV preacher/author and black gospel patriarch Bishop TD Jakes do adequate jobs as MCs/frontmen but it's the array of singing talent which is the main attraction here. And though none could deny the vocal credentials of the singers showcased - including Southern gospel's Russ Taff (on his '80s hit title track), Jason Crabb, David Phelps and the Martins and black gospel's Jessy Dixon, Lynda Randle, Larnelle Harris and Tramaine Hawkins -  the arrangements are overblown, the songs predictable and the album is only of limited appeal even to hardcore fans of both genres.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. I'm So Glad [Listen]
2. Bless His Holy Name [Listen]
9. In The Morning [Listen]

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Product Description
Bill & Gloria are joined by T D Jakes and some of the finest talents in traditional black and Hispanic gospel for an evening when all barriers, cultural, racial and denominational were swept away in a celebration of unity. Recorded live at the Potter's House church, Dallas guests include: Mary Mary, Larnell Harris.

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