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Family Prayer
     

Family Prayer

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by The Murrills
 
Do not judge the Murrills by their dramatic first single, "Family (There's a Healing)." The churchy track has all the makings of a bona fide gospel tearjerker -- producer Donald Lawrence's exhortative ad libs make it even churchier -- but it's nothing like the rest of Family Prayer, the sextet's impressive debut recording for Verity

Overview

Do not judge the Murrills by their dramatic first single, "Family (There's a Healing)." The churchy track has all the makings of a bona fide gospel tearjerker -- producer Donald Lawrence's exhortative ad libs make it even churchier -- but it's nothing like the rest of Family Prayer, the sextet's impressive debut recording for Verity Records. It was a long time coming for the album, but the delay was warranted, given the confidence the sextet displays throughout, a world-weariness that belies younger, more eager vocal ensembles. As far as family acts go, the Murrills have more in common with the Staple Singers than with singing clans that are decidedly straight-ahead gospel in approach -- the siblings don't shy away from singing about their beliefs, but they aren't preachy, either. Theirs is a friendly, inspirational message, at times a little too cheerful for its own good, but no less uplifting, made all the more palatable by the Murrills' classic R&B and Motown predilections. As produced by Lawrence, Tommy Sims, Percy Bady, and other veterans, this throwback vibe is a breath of fresh air, especially in a day and age when most young acts in gospel put a hip-hop beat to their praise lyrics and call it a day. By comparison, Family Prayer is extremely classy, a delightful disc that only presages great things to come for this vocally tight singing aggregate -- also one of the best new groups of 2008, gospel, urban, or otherwise.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2008
Label:
Verity
UPC:
0828768720523
catalogNumber:
87205

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Murrills   Primary Artist
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Javier Solís   Percussion,Drums
Jonathan DuBose   Guitar
DeMarco Johnson   Keyboards
Howard Levy   Harmonica
Tommy Sims   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Daniel Weatherspoon   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Donald Lawrence   Vocals
Tim Akers   Keyboards
Maurice Fitzgerald   Bass
Joey Woolfalk   Guitar
Calvin Rodgers   Drums
Andy Selby   Percussion
Akil Thompson   Guitar
Quentin Ware   Trumpet
Eric Walls   Guitar
Loren McGee   Keyboards
PJ Morton   Keyboards
Keyon Harrold   Horn

Technical Credits

Danny Duncan   Engineer
Percy Bady   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Talmadge Conway   Composer
Jonathan DuBose   Engineer
Bruce Gray   Composer
Tommy Sims   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Daniel Weatherspoon   Engineer
Marvin Winans   Composer
Donald Lawrence   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Arnetta Murrill-Crooms   Composer
Craig Bauer   Engineer
Andy Selby   Engineer
Isaac Phillips   Composer,Instrumentation
Traditional   Composer
Greg Edenfield   Engineer
Ron Benner   Engineer
Luke Lykins   Engineer
Michael Modesto   Engineer
Tobey Betthauser   Engineer
James Auwarter   Engineer
Loren McGee   Composer,Programming,Producer
PJ Morton   Producer
Jeff Breaky   Engineer
James "Jazzy" Jordan   Executive Producer
Nakeia Homer   Composer

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