Gospel music is alive and well. Many artists are releasing albums, EPs, and songs that bring peace and inspiration. Songs that draw us closer to God. Here are a few new songs that you can add to your playlist.
Tye Tribbett "Get Up"
Remember when gospel artist Tye Tribbett had his choir/vocal aggregation, G.A. (Greater Anointing), and the legendary band, Sound Check? Those were the days of trailblazing sounds, creative vocal runs, and crazy choreography. It's been a while since they were together. But Tye is still putting out hits as only Tye can. Yes, he always has great singers and a dope band.
In summer 2022, Tye will bless us with "Get Up," an unreleased song from his G.A. days. The up-tempo song reminds folks that they don't have to stay in bondage. The Sound Check sound remains intact with the horns and other instruments. Even old band members, George "Spanky" McCurdy (drums) and Tye's brother Thaddeus (bass) are featured. Check out "Get Up" on Apple Music.
Kirk Franklin and Maverick City Music, "Bless Me"
Gospel icon Kirk Franklin and worship band Maverick City Music are currently on the Kingdom Tour. According to their socials, the tour is doing well. As they get ready to release their next album, they dropped their second single, "Bless Me." It is the sweet sounds of gospel music accented by samples of a university band. The unison vocals on the verses have a patriotic feel to them with lyrics that truly resonate with many.
"Bless me, bless me Bless me God indeed/Death has been defeated. He is our victory/Bless me, bless me God not just for me/But so everyone around me can have everything they need/Let all these folks that's with me God has everything they need. "
The vamp (We have everything we need) kicks in with full choir harmonies and Kirk starts adlibbing (doing what Kirk does): squalling and all. This will definitely be a fan favorite of the tour. Listen to "Bless Me" on Apple Music.
The Walls Group "Crazy"
Gospel band The Walls Group is back with yet another one by way of the high energy song, "Crazy." The first time I heard it I felt that it had a Dawkins and Dawkins vibe to it. Low and behold, gospel artist Eric Dawkins wrote the song along with the members of this sibling group, Warryn Campbell and Justin Lyons.
We have a little funk (via the bassline), a bit of The Jacksons, and danceability (via the pulsating beat). Band members Alic Walls and Darryl Walls share leading duties while the two sisters add the flair via the background vocals and part of the chorus. The song was already jamming, but they take it to church at the end. The song's message says that this relationship with God is so great that the only way to describe how it feels is "Crazy." Listen to "Crazy" on Apple Music.
Red Hands "No Worries" (feat. Jermaine Dolly)
Red Hands is a gospel band that you have to look up if you've never heard them. They have released such projects as The One EP, Your Will, The Two, Red Hands Live along with various singles. The band stays locked in while Nate Lewis, Khirye Tyler and Demetrius Beasley handle the vocals.
They recently dropped the summer anthem, "No Worries," featuring artist Jermaine Dolly. And it is a hot one. I had a crazy head bop going on to the point of embarrassment while listening to the song in a local Houston coffee shop. Khiyre and Dolly ride the lead vocals over the staccato synths, a little organ, a smooth bassline, and the melodic rhythmic guitar.
The song's message is solid as the guys sing about not letting the cares of life overtake them and trusting God to work things out. Do yourself a favor: Listen and see why calling "No Worries" is not hyperbole. After multiple listens, stream or buy their earlier releases as well. Listen to the song on Apple Music.
Dwayne Lacy is a long time History teacher in Houston, Texas. He also has a passion for diversity and REAL unity in music and in the church.
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