John P Kee - John P Kee Presents The New Artist Showcase
STYLE: Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 22149-14243 LABEL: Verity 828766807127 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Tom Lennie
Gospel veteran and pastor John P Kee established the Victory In Praise Choir back in 1990 who have subsequently appeared on a host of gospel recordings. It occurred to the good pastor to use his Victory In Praise conference to create a solid platform for some of the innumerable up and coming gospel artists trying to make a breakthrough in this genre. That's the inspiration behind this release which features 18 tracks, each by a different singer/group/choir. If you think that a swathe of relative newcomers could only serve to create a rather weak and uninspiring set, then think again. A remarkable professionalism attends these sounds, and excellent production to the recording as a whole. Within an overall gospel framework the styles and sounds on this record are not only fresh, but also remarkably diverse. For example, there's big choir sounds - such as Andre Nance Jnr & Greater Praise ("What A Mighty God"); inspirational: Jermaine Sellers ("I'm Taking My Life Back"); rap: Debra Perry & Majestic ("No Not One"); and even calypso: Lil' Rufus ("I'll Be Praying"). An excellent sampler of some possible top gospel names of tomorrow.
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Recorded live at the 2004 Victory in Praise Music and Arts seminar - the annual event facilitated by Pastor Kee as a brainstorming session on how to keep youth off the street and in the church - the 12 tracks included on this project are all performed by unsigned convention participants and produced by John P. Kee.