Still Climbing Higher| Posted January 24, 2017
Hailing from Guyana, South America, Yonette Odessa has been singing since she was just a kid. She spent much of her time as a child rehearsing with her mother and siblings, and it was then that her gift and passion for music was discovered. Yonette was raised singing in her church and community, and as she got older, she also noticed her love for songwriting.
Adding to her present roles as a wife, mother and leader of the dance ministry at her local church, her career as a recording artist took off in 2012 with the release of her debut album Free. Now five years later, Yonette is happy to be sharing her sophomore project, The Climb.
A powerful spoken word, "Intro (feat. Nellah)," opens the album before leading into the title track, an uplifting message of strength and perseverance through Christ. Sonically attractive "Changes" plays on Yonette's elegant yet bold vocals, much like "Run To You," a mid-tempo proclamation of faith. Drum-driven "All You" offers a message of surrender and trust, while worshipful "Breathe Into Me" and "Save Me" are heartfelt prayers for Christ's rescue.
The first single released from The Climb, "End Of Me" features a heavy beat and chorus that will easily get stuck in your head alongside lyrics of total reliance on God: "What do I see when I come to the end of me? I see You." A nearly-EDM highlight on the album, "Never Let Go" is another song of assurance in Christ, similar to upbeat "Sweet Love." Wrapping up this collection of songs, "Alright" is a peppy encouragement to listeners, and slower "Yours" gives Yonette's voice a chance to shine as she sings about her dedication to God.
The Bottom Line: Stylistically, The Climb has a bit of everything to offer fans: pop, worship, even a touch of EDM in places. Vocally, it's not hard to hear that Yonette has spent years working on her gift, its graceful structure and powerhouse qualities showcased in every track. The Climb shows great potential for Yonette Odessa's future as she continues to pursue her passion for making Christ's name known through her music.
Song To Download Now:
"The Climb" (Get it on iTunes here.)