Fred Hammond - Free To Worship

Published Monday 11th December 2006
Fred Hammond - Free To Worship
Fred Hammond - Free To Worship

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 20938-11662
LABEL: Verity 828768817629
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Simon Redfern

Fred is a heavyweight in more ways than one and the songs on his latest album, recorded live in his new home city of Dallas, Texas, have that magical bit of spice that makes a massive difference in separating it from the bounds of mediocrity. If you've yet to be exposed to the sheer exuberant joy and passion of African American worship this is a great place to start. Each track has a sense of individuality about it which is very unusual to find in any musical genre, such as "L.O.U.D." which has a great dance beat, "Lord Your Grace" which is far more chilled-out with some highly effective gospel vocal backing, and "No Greater Love" which is so laid-back, it's horizontal! Musically this is well produced and even though Fred has a substantial band and complement of backing vocalists, the offering is never overdone. The lyrics are highly original and combined with some funky bass lines plus great vocals from the man himself (occasionally reminding me of Alexander O'Neal), this is a worthy addition to any CD collection. The three track live DVD is very professional and an added bonus.

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Product Description
For Fred Hammond it has been that kind of year. The end of 2005 saw his first co-executive produced movie The Gospel become both a hit movie and a soundtrack. Then he moved lock, stock and recording studio from his home town Detroit, Michigan to Dallas, Texas. In addition, his brand new release this year marks the 25th anniversary of Fred’s career as a recording artist.
According to those in attendance at TD Jakes Potter’s House Church in Dallas in April, it was a praise party like no other. The reason was clear, Fred Hammond was recording his new CD and DVD, Free To Worship.
Joining Fred Hammond on stage that night were several gospel and R&B luminaries. A special highlight on Free To Worship is the duet Fred did with Ruben Studdard, Just a Closer Walk.

Reader Comments

Posted by Fred in Dallas, TX @ 04:47 on May 27 2007

Fred! What can I say after an album like this. Had I found this site earlier, I'd posted earlier. How in the world are you going to top this album Fred? Needless to say, I'm going to sit back and watch him pull a rabbit out the hat. This is awesome and the live concert just electrifying!

Posted by Tony in Missouri @ 20:26 on Jan 13 2007

Fred is back again... and better than ever! Immediately, the first track, "My Heart is For You" is HOT with a gospel praise feel to it, with great lyrics, and killer vocals. "Lord, Your Grace" has awesome background vocals, and is 'straight-up' THE WORD. L.O.U.D has this fun disco-urban type feel to it. I love it! Then, we have "No Greater Love" bringin' it home for the intimate worship part of it. Lastly, let me say that "Simply Put" is my personal favorite...with an amazing focus. Nothing else matter when I know, God, that 1)you love me 2)you like me 3) and I am yours.

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