I Need You Nowby Smokie Norful
Time will tell if this new and vocally impressive Smokie Norful will ever match the influence of R&B's other great, Smokey Robinson, but what's clear is that both are in the business of miracles. Norful comes to his hip, gospel-funk sensibilities from a background as the son of an AME Pastor and an overseer of music, youth, and children's ministries in Chicago. So even as the music weaves from the crunch funk of "It's All About You" (employing the croaking "Superstition" keyboard effect of influence Stevie Wonder) to softer reflections like the title track, his heart is definitely in the spirit throughout. His goal seems to be finding a happy middle ground where Biblically based inspirations meet modern crossover hip-hop sensibilities, and practical-minded tunes like "Life's Not Promised" hit the mark. Other tunes like "Still Say Thank You" and the happy-clappy "Praise Him" have a sense of the real church experience, organ and all, and sound like they could have been recorded from the pulpit. A rich experience that avoids many of the clichés of modern gospel and conveys the spirit without being too preachy or hokey.
- Release Date:
- Emi Gospel
Performance CreditsSmokie Norful Primary Artist,Piano,Background Vocals
Ron Thompson Background Vocals
Anthony Coleman Background Vocals
Derek Allen Guitar,Background Vocals
Tim Godfrey Background Vocals
Doc Powell Guitar
Nashville String Machine Strings
Michael Neuble Drums
Daryll Wright Bass
Derrick Buckingham Guitar
Linda T. Willis Background Vocals
Kevin Randolph Organ,Piano
Tiffany Lee Background Vocals
Carolyn Miller Background Vocals
Markita Knight Background Vocals
Sheleta Taylor Background Vocals
David Daughtery Background Vocals
Janet Fuller Background Vocals
Sharon Wyse Background Vocals
Haskel Jackson Background Vocals
Donald Lee Woods Organ
Rodney East Piano
Michael Williams Organ
Chonita Johnson Background Vocals
Antonio Dixon Keyboards
Daphne Douglas Background Vocals
Technical CreditsRonn Huff String Arrangements
Derek Allen Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Roger Heiss Engineer
Randy Poole Engineer
Hal Sacks Engineer
Smokie Norful Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Kevin Randolph Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Jeremy Lawton Engineer
Donald Lee Woods Arranger
Antonio Dixon Producer,drum programming,Instrumentation
Joe Archie Instrumentation
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I love this CD!! It is guaranteed to get your soul fulled and your hands clapping.
What a wonderful testimony! True Praise, an outstanding premiere album.
I think this is a wonderful album. I listen to it every day in my office and the holy spirit moves. Thank you Smokie for being real.
This CD is truly a blessing. Each song touched my heart in a way that can't be described. I couldn't hold back the tears when I heard The Least I Can Do. This CD will probably be in my CD player for a long time.
This album not only touched my heart, but has touched my soul.
Smokie Norful's CD "I Need You Know" is the complete essence of Gospel Music. He speaks to the heart's, mind's, and soul's of all who listen. No matter what your situation or circumstance, some part of you is touched by his music. His music conveys the feelings of pain, heartache, and unltimately joy that are at the heart of any Christian's journey. He brings a new soul to Gospel music, but still leaves it wholesome.I love it and would recommend it to anyone.
This albulm is the best!!. It's amazing how there are so many types of gospel songs on 1 CD. You have the R&B flava,Contemporary Gospel, the Traditional Gospel, and many more. Smokie you have a true gift and your music has helped me grow and I love you for that. You remind me of my all time favorite,: Daryl Coley. Keep singing and writing because even if you don't know you are touching hearts. Much Love Always **ShyCheetah**
This is major conference material. I'm talking conferences at mega churches. This needs to be heard!!! You can feel and sense the anointing from the piano to the vocals. A very timely release.
I think this album is one of the best albums to release this year. I think the album is amazing as is the huge amount of talent Smokey possessess.
Talk about praise, worship and a testimony all wrapped up into one glorious package!! I know that this CD will be played many years from now, just like the seasoned artists Albertina Walker, Thomas Dorsey and etc.