Ron Kenoly, Hosanna! Music - Jesus Is Alive

Sunday 1st December 1991
Ron Kenoly, Hosanna! Music - Jesus Is Alive
Ron Kenoly, Hosanna! Music - Jesus Is Alive

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 14574-20694
LABEL: Hosanna! Music HMCD36

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Our friends at Integrity Music seem to be finally waking up to the fact that maybe we're getting a trifle bored with their particular praise and worship conveyer belt and are now ringing the changes a little by introducing a black worship leader, Ron Kenoly, who leads an "on-fire congregation in San Jose, California", and has a pleasant, soulful voice not dissimilar to Morris Chapman. In fact the whole thing rather resembles Chapman's last praise album with the Maranatha! Singers, though the choir-cum-congregation here are even more honkie while their clapping is abysmal. The songs are the usual mixed bag, sometimes good, like Babbie Mason's mock-Caribbean "Hallowed Be Thy Name", though do we really need another version of "Making War In The Heavenlies"?

Also reviewed in CR32:
When Integrity Music first released this album in 1993 they were still putting out albums under the 'Hosanna Music' banner with little or no billing to the worship leader. Now that Ron Kenoly has become a superstar of worship (weird concept eh?), Integrity have repackaged this set with a colour photo of Ron on the front! Such are the ways of record companies. And the music? Back in CR9 I wrote about how Ron's voice was not dissimilar to Morris Chapman and how the whole thing rather resembled Chapman's live praise album with the Maranatha! Singers. A couple of standouts, including Babbie Mason's mock-Caribbean "Hallowed By Thy Name" and a couple of low points, like a mediocre version of "Making War In The Heavenlies".
Tony Cummings

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Reader Comments

Posted by Blake Kersey @ 00:44 on Feb 28 2017

Your opinion is that "making war..." is mediocre, but it's my opinion that version is great.

Posted by denis in Hackney @ 11:07 on Aug 29 2007

tell me more about christ i like to more about jusus

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