The Right Timing
Posted August 09, 2017
By DwayneLacy_NRT, Staff Reviewer
After years of singing background vocals, Gene Moore has released his highly anticipated EP The Future on Motown Gospel. His moment is here, and he packed a lot into an 8 song EP. Producers who worked to highlight and accent Gene's sound included Aaron Lindsey, Terrance Vaughn, Cleo "Pookie" Sample, Ced Smith and Dana Sorey. Jariuce Banks handles vocal arrangements on a few songs.
"Lord if you gotta break me down to make me what You want me to be, it's alright / I don't need it if it's not from You / In my decision, it is You." These are just a few of the lyrics to "Not There Yet," a track very characteristic of Moore. He smoothly weaves his voice over the strumming of the acoustic guitars, accented by the bass guitar. Gene shows a strong sense of gratitude and praise on "All for Me." His vocals soar throughout this one while the background vocalists stay locked in, and his range sneaks up on you. It's when he goes into falsetto at the end of the song proclaiming "I'm grateful" that carries the most power.
Anthony "B Slade" Williams wrote "Move Over," a song with a urban, R&B and quarter vibe. Already garnering some great responses, Gene sings of letting the "Chief Navigator" take control of his life instead of trying (and failing) to do things himself. "Coming Home" was one of the first singles from the album, and it defines Gene Moore well. He describes himself as a soul singer who sings about Jesus. There is a velvet texture to this whole song, from Gene's voice to the background vocals of Gene and Chelsea Warren, to horn arrangements courtesy of Phil Lasseter.
Gene was signed in 2014 and waited patiently as he and Motown tried to find his niche and place in Gospel music. Although his faith was tried and there were times where the label really could not pinpoint how to market him, things finally fell into place. So when he sings a song like "Future," you know he really means his future looks bright. It was great to hear Gene's vocals blended with Cheryl Fortune. Both singers have a tone in their voice that is unmatched. Aaron Lindsey (with help from Cleo "Pookie" Sample) provides production while sharing co-writing credits with Gene and Shameka Dwight.
Gene has been singing the power ballad "Recover" around the country, and he is getting great responses. It is the honesty and tenacity in the lyrics that are relatable for anyone who has seen struggle but decided to keep going. Gene tackles Stevie Wonder's "Summer Soft." His love for Stevie is evident while the track showcases his chemistry with musicians Terrance Vaughn, Nick McNack and Ced Smith.
The Bottom Line: This moment finally came, and Gene Moore seized it like a champ. If you are not familiar with him, pick up The Future. You will not be disappointed, and after listening, you will be encouraged in your faith. In addition, you will understand why people like Lalah Hathaway, John P. Kee, India Arie and more are all buzzing about Gene Moore.
Song to Download Now:
"Move Over" (Get it on iTunes here.)
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