Lionel Peterson - Day By Day

Sunday 1st August 1999
Lionel Peterson - Day By Day
Lionel Peterson - Day By Day

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Harmony 17292

Reviewed by Kwaku

 I'm sure Harmony didn't sign this South African gospel artist because he sounds American, but because of the fact that he is a world class gospel artist, and a heart-felt one at that, who has the potential of becoming an international star. Though Lionel touches on several music styles and influences, there's something about the power of the lyrics he covers and his vocal delivery that engages one and makes one feel that this is a practising Christian who walks the talk. Recorded in South Africa, this is a contemporary R&B flavoured gospel offering, of which 'Day By Day (Minute By Minute)', a ballad backed by just a grand piano and strings topped by Lionel's evocative vocals, stand out. Its writer, Gail Masondo, goes on to duet on another of her songs, the simple, mellow, jazzy backed 'Tomorrow', on which her vocals echo Diana Ross. Lionel covers Stevie Wonder's 'Have A Talk With God'.giving the songs more of a gospel feel which the original lacked. He also covers Andrae Crouch's 'It Won't Be Long'. Obvious South African influences can be heard in the choral chants on 'Somlandela ('Where He Leads Me I Will Follow')', and 'Haleluuya Hosanna' which has a lilting township-jive groove plus a Zulu chant and percussion breakdown. It ends with a cover of a percussion-backed 'Amazing Grace', which includes something that sounds like clipping scissors! Lionel has a charming style that should help him easily spread the Gospel inside and outside the church.

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Reader Comments

Posted by lynn w. @ 02:04 on Jul 6 2016

I wish he would make another cd. I have played this over and over that it is worn out. It helps me thru bad times for I have had a terrible childhood and marriage. It keeps me uplifted and on the right track with the Lord. Thanks so much Lionel Petersen. God Bless you and your family

Posted by Tope James jld in kaduna nigeria @ 16:46 on Mar 4 2015

Lionel is an awesome and wonderful singer...... Annointed in delivery of his message via music that ministerS to the soul of all listeners. Indeed Lionel is a blessing to his generatioin and mine.... keep the good work up BRO.. TOPE JAMES (just like dat) Tumininu

Posted by Bonewamang Stephen in Gaborone,Botswana @ 12:38 on Apr 15 2009

Hi, This easter was the best under the ministry of Lionel. He blessed us and I had forgotten him, coz I had seen him on one of the Hosanna Integrity Music videos when i was a teenager, he has such a heart for God and each time he sings I feel the presense of God and he has such a gift that I aspire so much. God richly bless him, n I want himback to our local church next year by God's grace.

Reply by Valerie Petersen in Johannesburg, South Africa @ 15:01 on Oct 13 2009

Thank you for your kind words.Lionel is well and still going strong.He will visit you all again one day.God bless always

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Posted by Ernest Aninta in ernnytales Nigeria @ 11:46 on Jan 27 2009

Lionel has been outstanding over the years and from the look of things still have aot to give this generation.
I hope to invite him to the next edition of a worship experience JUST HIM (JUST HIM 2009).

Posted by deb kerns in usa @ 05:54 on Apr 18 2008

where can i buy rejoice africa on a cd ...i have looked many places......years ago someone recorded it on a cassette....i found it a month ago....and have played it so much i think i wore it out....please advise and may you and brother peterson be blessed now and for the mighty name of YESHUA

thanks so much, deb

Posted by Barbara Dimi in Birmingham @ 13:55 on Jul 2 2007

It was my pleasure to see him face to face, and hear the beauty from him, I`m glad to hear his voice!
May GOD bless him!!!

Posted by SOME1 in NIGERIA @ 16:12 on Mar 12 2007

pls pls ans pls where is lionel peterson, he is a gift and his songs do not only inspire but also uplift the soul.

Posted by Irina in Romania, Constantza town @ 11:11 on Feb 22 2007

Hello dear friends,

Some years ago I've been looking for God's guidance with my life; in that specific time of fast & prayer Lionel's Peterson Rejoice Africa Album was an uplifting experience for my soul.

I've tried to find his albums in our country it was a hopless experience, however I only wan to let him know that he hs a an awesme gift. I love his music and whenever I have the chase to hear it:-)

May the Lord bless you fully, your songs are real divine tools of restoration at least for me.

Lots of blessings,

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