Reviewed by Tom Lennie
With a 4000-seater Miracle Centre in Hackney, East London, and an even larger church dome near completion, The Kingsway International Christian Church has one of the UK's largest single-site congregations. Pastored by Matthew Ashimolowo, it's growth from 300 members less than a decade ago is quite staggering. Truly a church based on vision, KICC seeks to take full advantage of spreading the Gospel in music form, hence the release of 'Taking Hold Of The Future', featuring the full, extremely-accomplished sounds of The KICC Mass Choir with a selection from the vast array of songs composed by its members. Led by choir director Keith F Childress (who wrote or co-wrote about half the songs), the sound is sometimes loud, powerful, intense; elsewhere gentler and more worshipful, as in the wonderful three-song "Holy Medley" and the unusual reggae-styled "I Have A Reason". But from everywhere emanates passion and emotion, and the feel of a team who truly know what they're about. Admittedly an acquired taste, and personally not my cup-of-cappuccino, but if you like the tones of black gospel choirs, then you're unlikely to be disappointed with this.
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