STYLE: R&B RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 18534-9540 LABEL: Integrity Gospel 000768396421 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £2.99
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
Along with Trin-I-Tee 5:7 and Anointed, Virtue were one of those R&B groups of the '90s that had a fresh sound, tight harmonies but unlike their contemporaries, they never translated talent into sales. Leaving their label and singing to the new DarkChild Gospel label, the three sisters are being re-launched and with 'Testimony', perhaps now is the time for the group to really explode. Their new sound, confident vocals and strong songs make this sound fresh and exciting and with production from the renowned Fred Jerkins III, if this album doesn't hit, it won't be through lack of talent on board. Rapper extraordinaire T-Bone helps out on the infectious "123 Praise!" and elsewhere blue eyed soul sister Martha Munizzi makes a guest appearance, though listening to the white label I'm reviewing from I'd be hard pressed to tell you where she makes her contribution! Standouts? There are loads but I keep pressing the repeat button for the title track's powerful message, the groovy clubby "Follow Me" and the old time yet thoroughly modern gospel groove of "Get Up" which sounds like an uncredited Tonex track. The results here are fine and this is R&B gospel the way it's meant to be!
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Since the formation in the 90s, this vocal group of sisters has released four projects and received multiple nominations for Grammy, Stellar and Dove Awards.
Their latest project, Testimony, was produced by and features the irresistible songwriting of Fred Jerkins III (Destiny's Child, Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston) and LaShawn Daniels (Destiny's Child, Brandy, Michael Jackson). These infectious songs transcend musical boundaries with masterful segues from R&B to Pop to Contemporary Gospel.
Testimony showcases Virtue’s signature harmonies and worshipful emotive style with club-savvy, groove-driven songs. Their authentic message is evident as they set out to seize the music scene and move into the greatness of their calling.