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How I Got Over...Songs That Carried Us
     

How I Got Over...Songs That Carried Us

by Smokie Norful
 
In a recording that seems to begin well after the start of a service and to fade out before that service's conclusion, Smokie Norful devotes himself and a small army of associates to what he calls "old-school style" gospel, i.e., traditional gospel. "Anybody remember these kinds of songs?" he asks, introducing "Sunday Morning Medley," and it seems that many of his

Overview

In a recording that seems to begin well after the start of a service and to fade out before that service's conclusion, Smokie Norful devotes himself and a small army of associates to what he calls "old-school style" gospel, i.e., traditional gospel. "Anybody remember these kinds of songs?" he asks, introducing "Sunday Morning Medley," and it seems that many of his listeners do. The 12th District AME Mass Choir provides the choruses, as Norful introduces peers (Myron Butler, Sheri Jones-Moffett), protégés (Keshia McFarland), influences (Melvin Williams, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Joe Ligon of the Mighty Clouds of Joy), and, eventually, his father, Pastor W.R. Norful, Sr., who sings a powerful "Amazing Grace." The younger Norful does not get lost among the guest stars, however. He remains both an expressive singer in his own right, and a loquacious speaker with an ability to connect to his listeners, whether he's reminiscing about traveling the country with his father trying to get his favorites on the tape deck; recalling the whippings he received "with love"; or raving about the redemptive power of the blood of Christ. This is an album aimed at older gospel fans who will find it easier to accept a younger voice like Norful's now that he has made apparent the tradition of which he is a part.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2011
Label:
Emi Gospel
UPC:
5099930615229
catalogNumber:
06152
Rank:
26186

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Smokie Norful   Primary Artist
Richard Gibbs   Organ
Joey Woolfalk   Guitar
Myron Butler   Choir Director
Khari Parker   Drums
Michelle Pickett   Vocals
Tim Bailey   Choir Director
Moiro Konchellah   Vocals,Choir Director
Tiffany Gatlin   Vocals
Denise Rutledge   Vocals
Keshia McFarland   Vocals
Jason Tyson   Piano
Thomas Agnew   Vocals
Jon Webb   Bass
12th District AME Church Choir   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Melvin Williams   Composer
Andraé Crouch   Composer
Roger Heiss   overdub engineer
John Newton   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Randy Everett   overdub engineer
Ken Pennell   Executive Producer
David Habegger   Engineer
Smokie Norful   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Jerry Sinclair   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Tim Frank   Art Direction
Annie S. Hawks   Composer
Jason Tyson   Arranger,Producer,Music Direction
John Husband   Composer
Robert Lawry   Composer
Evelyn Curenton   Composer
William P. Mackay   Composer
Freddye Green   Composer

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