STYLE: Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 128402-19748 LABEL: Verity 886979701625 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2012-10-01 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Darren Matthews
An established songwriter best known for gospel hits "Incredible God" and "Praise Him In Advance", Deon Kipping and his group New Covenant offer a modern take on the call and response tradition of gospel. Deon has a richly soulful voice ably supported by his tight vocal ensemble with an approach that strikes the right balance between energetic and intimate. I especially liked the sections where the band pulls back to showcase the sweeter-than-honey vocal interplay between Deon and New Covenant. Accompanied by a groove-generating band, Deon seamlessly blends together modern and traditional styles. Lyrically it's okay though hardly groundbreaking, the only niggle coming in the penultimate track "So Addicted" where the listener is encouraged to replace rehab programmes with addiction to God, perhaps a simplistic answer to a complex problem? Overall, Deon steps up to the mic to bring us a competent blend of old and new gospel sounds.
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Born and raised in Connecticut, Deon Kipping is an established songwriter and producer, who has written hits for Marvin Sapp, Byron Cage and Rev. Timothy Wright.
A contemporary Gospel album which will appeal to Kirk Franklin and Deitrick Haddon fans alike. In fact Deon opened for Kirk during his Fearless tour in November 2011.