Gospel For Young and Old| Posted August 05, 2017
Deitrick "D Haddy" Haddon is a workhorse in terms of putting out music and engaging in ministry around the globe. Having followed his career since 1997, I've been able to observe his crazy work ethic. He has been able to deliver quality music whether it is his studio albums or live projects. Haddon's latest album, Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, features the group of the same name. Although it is a live recording, it's chock-full of grooves and a gumbo of styles.
Lead single "A Billion People" is a powerhouse number that also goes with his campaign of the same name. Deitrick is serious about not stopping until a billion people proclaim the name of Jesus. Great moments come when they repeatedly simply say "Jesus," along with the ending vamp of "You are Lord." Listen to "A Billion People" and "Holy" back to back and you will be compelled to worship. Michael Spann adlibs while the singers proclaim that God is holy. There's something about those songs that have very little words. This one simply says "Holy, holy / the God we serve is Holy."
"Favor" is a fast tempo song that channels 80s soul, including a hint of a Prince influence. The bass guitar and drums help drive the groove, while the synths and the rhythm guitar provide the flavor. They take it to an all-out jam session. Praise anthem "Parade" serves as a journey of sorts that takes people into heaven through multi-layered components. It starts off with a drum cadence, and the singers sing in a syncopated manner. Compare it to a dramatic number by the ensemble cast of a Broadway show, flowing into a song of adoration from a church choir. That is "Parade."
"All Day Long" is another one of those "throw the BBQ on the pit, invite some friends and family over" jams that will be on the playlist right in the middle of a good hang out. The party continues on "Glory" with a beat reminiscent of "Juicy Fruit" by Mtume. It is a family affair as brother and sister-in-law Gerald and Tammi Haddon join in on the fun for the island jam "Feel Like." Listen closely as the song briefly morphs into an interpretation of the old classic "I Feel Like Going On."
The Bottom Line: This is a fun offering for D Haddy while still containing powerful moments. This project has multigenerational appeal. Youth and young adults will be drawn to it, but older generations will love the old school feel in several songs. That is Deitrick Haddon for you: he gives you a five course meal, and you are bound to enjoy some, if not all, of those courses.
Song to Download Now:
"A Billion People" (Get it on iTunes here.)