New Breed Vocalist Takes Center Stage| Posted June 07, 2016
Oftentimes the background vocalists' value is not realized by the normal music lover, but they are invaluable. It is more than "oohs and ahhs," and the artist they are supporting will agree that they help to make the "sound" of that artist.
Charlin Neal serves as the vocal arranger of Israel and New Breed, and her soaring soprano voice stands out in both lead and background. She has also done vocal production for B.J. Putnam and Onaje Jefferson. Her voice takes center stage on her EP More of You. She gets help from her own siblings and mother The Moore Family on background vocals.
The title cut "More of You" is the only upbeat track on the EP, and it features some cool riffs from Charlin as she expresses her dependency on God. I don't know this for sure, but I would bet that Charlin is a big Yolanda Adams fan. Listening to "Trust Me," I can't help but to hear the huge influence of Yolanda's "Just A Prayer Away." The piano serves as the lead instrument, it has strong vocals and it is sung in first person as if God is speaking to us. It is basically the sequel.
The direction of the EP is vertical in its lyrics (which is welcome and expected) and quite chill musically. However, you can expect Charlin to take things higher as the songs progress. "You Are Invited" showcases Charlin's head tone for the majority of the song, but nails it. The pop rock tune "Yours Forever" has a serene feel a la "True" by 80's group Spandau Ballet. Meld it with Babyface's "When Can I See You Again," and you have "Yours Forever."
The Bottom Line: This is a nice offering from such a strong vocalist and a very genuine person. I am sure that we will be getting a full length album from her soon!
Song to Download Now:
"Yours Forever" (Get it on iTunes here.)