A Gospel Tribute to President Barack Obama

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
While the gospel community might be expected to rejoice at the election of Barack Obama as president in 2008, that election occurred against the backdrop of numerous difficulties, notably a failing economy and ongoing military commitments, that may have sobered even the new president's most ardent supporters. That may help explain the unusually solemn tone of this album, released five months into his administration, mixing excerpts from Obama's speeches with gospel performances. Early on, in such tracks as Benita Washington's "This Is Your Cue" and Israel Houghton's "Send Me to the Nations," the auspicious nature of Obama's ascendency is suggested, but after he is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
While the gospel community might be expected to rejoice at the election of Barack Obama as president in 2008, that election occurred against the backdrop of numerous difficulties, notably a failing economy and ongoing military commitments, that may have sobered even the new president's most ardent supporters. That may help explain the unusually solemn tone of this album, released five months into his administration, mixing excerpts from Obama's speeches with gospel performances. Early on, in such tracks as Benita Washington's "This Is Your Cue" and Israel Houghton's "Send Me to the Nations," the auspicious nature of Obama's ascendency is suggested, but after he is heard making his famous call for change, William Murphy answers with "Changes," in which he notes that it isn't as easy as all that: "In order to change, you gotta go through some changes." And so it goes, as the gospel singers reflect on the hardships that have brought the faithful and the country to this crossroads, and Obama is heard acknowledging the problems, despite his optimistic sense that things can improve, repeating his catch phrase, "Yes, we can." Even he, however, can tick off the challenges, as he does in "Signs of the Times Narration," after which Marvin L. Winans, Michael McDonald, and Vanessa Bell Armstrong contribute "Signs of the Times," a funky look at what's wrong in the style of the Temptations' "Ball of Confusion." Obama gets the last word, pledging to make things right. But this is not a starry-eyed celebration of the new president so much as a sober look at what he and the nation face, politically and spiritually.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/2009
  • Label: Atf Records
  • UPC: 829569812523
  • Catalog Number: 8125
  • Sales rank: 164,065

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Is Your Cue (4:10)
  2. 2 Send Me to the Nations (3:59)
  3. 3 King Inside of Me (0:14)
  4. 4 Changes - William Murphy Sr. (4:32)
  5. 5 The Curtain's Raised - Kelly Price (0:41)
  6. 6 A Path in the Sea (3:19)
  7. 7 I'm Gonna Make It (4:20)
  8. 8 Change (5:05)
  9. 9 Brothers & Friends - Micah Stampley (4:33)
  10. 10 Closing In - Dottie Peoples (5:30)
  11. 11 Still Here - The Williams Brothers (0:32)
  12. 12 Signs of the Times - Marvin Winans (3:26)
  13. 13 [Untitled] (5:20)
  14. 14 [Untitled] (5:22)
  15. 15 [Untitled] (0:50)
  16. 16 [Untitled] (4:09)
  17. 17 [Untitled] (0:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shirley Murdock Background Vocals
Jonathan DuBose Jr. Guitar
Barry Green Brass
Marc Harris Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Jim Horn Brass
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Ann McCrary Background Vocals
Ryck Carter Bass
Gayle Mayes Background Vocals
Dana Reed Guitar
Jeremy Haynes Drums
Kelly Price Background Vocals
Andrew Ramsey Guitar
Myron Williams Organ
Melinda Doolittle Background Vocals
Kemmerin Blalark Drums
Darrell Freeman Bass
Michael Bereal Piano, Keyboards
Darcey Stewart Jr. Background Vocals
Benita Washington Background Vocals
Marcus Finnie Drums
Cyndy Paisley Background Vocals
Tamiko Johnson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ronn Huff Orchestral Arrangements
Lloyd Barry Brass Arrangment
Cedric Caldwell Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Victor Caldwell Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Gerald Hairston Engineer
Marc Harris Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Jim Horn Horn Arrangements
Aaron Lindsey Composer
Angie Winans Composer
Terry Woods Composer, Executive Producer
T.D. Jakes Composer
Marcus Dawson Composer
Ralph Cacciurri Engineer
Jerard Woods Composer
Patrick Love Composer
Myron Williams Producer, Engineer, Brass Arrangment
Jeff Ferguson Composer
Jim Gray Orchestral Arrangements
Shane Gue Engineer
Ron Benner Engineer
Ternae Jordan Jr. Composer
Israel Houghton Composer
Michael "Mookie" Taylor Percussion Programming
Matt Cole Engineer
Ralph Forrest drum programming
Malcolm H. Harper Jr. Engineer
Robert W. "JoJo" Hill Engineer, Brass Arrangment
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