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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 ...
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All Music Guide - Andree Farias
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • Label: Verity
  • UPC: 828768720523
  • Catalog Number: 87205

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One Mo' Time (Intro) (2:20)
  2. 2 Better (5:20)
  3. 3 Friend of Mine (3:57)
  4. 4 Family (There's a Healing) (5:34)
  5. 5 Long Time Comin' (Holdin' On) (4:54)
  6. 6 Words & Rhythm (0:27)
  7. 7 How I Feel About You (4:58)
  8. 8 Siyahamba (Janie's Song) (0:52)
  9. 9 I Declare War (4:59)
  10. 10 Be the One (3:37)
  11. 11 Don't Let Me Fall (5:18)
  12. 12 Survive (5:18)
  13. 13 Roger (Intro) (0:16)
  14. 14 Good Days, Bad Days (4:01)
  15. 15 Can You Stand the Rain (4:39)
  16. 16 I Will Wait (4:17)
  17. 17 One Mo' Time (Outro) (4:38)
  18. 18 [Untitled]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Murrills Primary Artist
Michael Thompson Guitar
Javier Solís Percussion, Drums
Jonathan DuBose Jr. 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 Jr. 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, Mastering
Arnetta Murrill-Crooms Composer
Craig Bauer Engineer, Mastering
Tom Coyne Mastering
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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