Paul Porter - A New Day

Published Monday 27th October 2008
Paul Porter - A New Day
Paul Porter - A New Day

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 50213-14773
LABEL: Light 7208

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

A new day for Paul alright. After many years of fronting award winning quartet The Christianaires he's released this surprise solo debut. Those devotees of The Christianaires' old school, foot stomping exercises in church wrecking don't have to worry. 'A New Day' is very much pitched at the group's following with production and songs that could have been plucked from previous decades. Not that is necessarily a bad thing. Paul's exceptional voice, wheezingly harsh one second, velvety smooth the next, is clearly able to upset the saints on old style call-and-response numbers like the opener "My Redeemer Lives" and "I Made It Through" both of which exude the swagger of an artist who clearly knows his strengths. Another standout is the lugubrious ballad "You're Blessed" has some of the most righteous testifying up there with the Clouds' Joe Liggon. Cream of the crop here is "If There's No Tomorrow" where Paul is joined by that amazing crossover gospel pioneer Rance Allen. To hear them swapping improvised asides and octave leaps on the bluesy mid tempo song of faith is to long-in-the-tooth soul boys like me a rare feast. If you've looking for old time gospel, Paul's your man.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Janice Harris Ingram in Gadsden, AL @ 05:51 on Apr 18 2009

To God be the Glory! This is something that you have prayed for a long time. God bless you and your family. With God first, you can do nothing but continue to go higher and higher. We love you!!!

Posted by Dee Butler in Laurel, Ms @ 20:45 on Apr 15 2009

I think Paul is one of the worlds greatest gospel singer. I feel he will rise even higher in his new solo career. My prayers are with you and may the Lord bless and keep you and your family. One of your biggest fans. DeeB

Posted by Deborah Sessoms in Ahoskie Northcarolina @ 01:37 on Mar 1 2009

keep up the good work Paul. I give very much support to you going solo.

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