STYLE: Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 85858-16241 LABEL: 886974334323 FORMAT: CD Album RELEASE DATE: 2009-11-03 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Dancin' Dave Derbyshire
This live recording of the legendary gospel artist and worship leader Byron has been hailed by some as his best work. True the sound of 'Faithful To Believe' is a lot more upbeat, less predictable and better arranged than his more recent offerings while some of his lyrics are courageously honest ("The Lord lifted my hands when I felt like throwing in the towel" on "Thankful" and "If I could, I would change the things/The things that brought me pain" on "For My Good"). And I'm sure fans will be talking about the laid back "Lord You're My Everything" for some time, as Byron is joined by those towering talents Marvin Winans and Karen Clark-Sheard for a momentous track. But, unfortunately I couldn't get over the fanfare opening at the beginning of the album that sends so much praise to Mr Cage - when I actually thought in the build up that the praise was going to be directed at Jesus. I don't think I'm the only one that will find this sort of thing hard to stomach. Though this is good album, that ghastly intro and two or three mediocre songs stop it from really being Byron's best.
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With over 20 years experience as a praise and worship leader, and numerous awards and accolades for his professional recordings, Byron Cage is one of Gospel music’s most dynamic and popular artists.
Faithful To Believe was recorded on 13 March 2009 live in Detroit. The album features special guests Tye Tribbett, Karen Clark Sheard, and Marvin Winans. Grammy Award winner and Israel Houghton’s writing/producing partner Aaron
Lindsey handled the production.
Faithful To Believe will undoubtedly be a hit with
Byron’s fans as well as attracting new listeners
to his signature style.