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I Need You Now
     

I Need You Now

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by 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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/2002
Label:
Emi Gospel
UPC:
0724382037422
catalogNumber:
20374

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Performance Credits

Smokie 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 Credits

Ronn 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 Need You Now 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD!! It is guaranteed to get your soul fulled and your hands clapping.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful testimony! True Praise, an outstanding premiere album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album not only touched my heart, but has touched my soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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**
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.