Helen Yawson - Blessed & Highly Favoured

Sunday 1st August 1999
Helen Yawson - Blessed & Highly Favoured
Helen Yawson - Blessed & Highly Favoured

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Independent
RRP: £16.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Helen belongs to Kingsway, one of the biggest churches in the country, and has come up through the ranks as featured choir vocalist to record her first solo album. More gospel than R&B, there are some contemporary flavours on the opening couple of cuts "Hanging On Your Every Word" and "Come Unto Me" but both tracks are pretty laid back. Immediately it's apparent that Helen has been "blessed and highly favoured" with a powerful voice capable of great subtleties and passion. She recently confessed to me that she wrote songs whilst doing the washing up at home because God inspires her! Can't argue with that when you get top quality tunes like "My Joy" and the inspiring ballad "Lord It Was You". My personal favourites are the gentle groove of "Change" with its almost African sounding backing vocals and the infectious beat of the most uptempo number here, "Ruler Of My Soul". A real British talent, Helen has created an album which isn't cutting edge musically but will comfortably appeal to a wide audience who like their gospel to sound modern and fresh. My guess is that there's plenty more good stuff where this came from!

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Reader Comments

Posted by nina in ghana @ 17:47 on Sep 30 2011

Please i lost Helen's blessed and highly favoured cassette i bought about 5 years ago.the music sings in me but i cant sing without knowing the lyrics. please help me.

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