A Noteworthy Houston Release
Posted October 17, 2017
By DwayneLacy_NRT, Staff Reviewer
Chad Brawley may not have the name of a high profile Gospel artist, but he is a well-respected classically trained pianist. Chad is also a minister of music at St. Luke Baptist Church in Humble, Texas (near Houston) along with being a great vocal director. His album The We Worship Project has been a long time coming, but sometimes a slow cooked meal can have the most texture.
Impressively, Chad wrote the majority of the songs, with help from Michael Dixon, Josiah "Jojo" Martin, Lathon Wood, Brandon Avery Smith and Lathon Wood. Terrance Vaughn shares producing duties with Chad. This is an album full of Houston singers, musicians and writers, with some help from other great people in different parts of the country. The We Worship Project is a great testament to the level of talent that comes out of Houston, Texas. It is also a testament to the respect that Chad Brawley has garnered from his peers.
Jubilation comes to mind when listening to "Grace" (co-written by Michael Dixon) and "Celebration." The latter features stirring adlibs by Mrs. Nakitta Clegg-Foxx. Anyone who is even slightly familiar with her knows how much she brings to every song. Earl Duncan leads "I Will Praise You," a song that should garner much attention. The chorus is simple to catch on to, and the background vocals are solid but not too hard for churches to learn. Duncan's baritone soars with passion.
Another impressive attribute of this album is the production. Even when there are songs that are straight church with words of declaration such as "I Shall Live," a singer like Sheri Jones Moffett knows how to drive the song without ever overdoing it. It leaves you feeling empowered, and it was a good choice to have Sheri take the song higher.
Chad leads the audience in some wonderful hymns that remind that one should never forget the importance of hymns. On the "Hymns Medley," songs like "Draw Me Nearer" and the Gaither's "There's Something About That Name" are recognized. He ends it in a mic drop moment with "I Know It Was the Blood."
Tone and Cheryl Fortune seem to go hand and hand. Her voices weaves masterfully through the beautiful "God Alone," backed by John Stoddert's string arrangement. In comes "Redeemed." Gene Moore Jr. skillfully starts it off in typical smooth Gene Moore vocal fashion, followed by the precision of vocal aggregation. As the song picks up a little, Minon Sarten comes in to add a little more finesse as everyone sings "Now we are family / Part of Your body / Saved to serve / Filled to live / I've been Redeemed." There is another part to the song where Chad invites listeners to give their life to Christ, which is a rarity on albums these days.
The Bottom Line: Chad has a hit with The We Worship Project that people need to take notice of. Patience and timing were very much needed in releasing the album, but it was so worth the wait. This is another great release by an independent artist.
Songs to Download Now:
"God Alone" (Get it on iTunes here.)
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