Jesus at the Center: Live

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All Music Guide - Andree Farias
When you''ve cut your teeth cutting live albums -- and have single-handedly become a one-stop source for multicultural church music -- five years is a long time to be away from the game. In the case of gospel-praise supergroup Israel & New Breed, that''s not really a problem. Its frontman, Israel Houghton, has kept busy all along, exploring the solo route with two albums, The Power of One and Love God. Love People, while continuing to resource churches for new material. Plus, it''s not like the band was twiddling its thumbs: they accompanied the bandleader wherever he went -- on tour with Chris Tomlin, on-stage at the Grammys, or back home at Joel Osteen''s Lakewood ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andree Farias
When you''ve cut your teeth cutting live albums -- and have single-handedly become a one-stop source for multicultural church music -- five years is a long time to be away from the game. In the case of gospel-praise supergroup Israel & New Breed, that''s not really a problem. Its frontman, Israel Houghton, has kept busy all along, exploring the solo route with two albums, The Power of One and Love God. Love People, while continuing to resource churches for new material. Plus, it''s not like the band was twiddling its thumbs: they accompanied the bandleader wherever he went -- on tour with Chris Tomlin, on-stage at the Grammys, or back home at Joel Osteen''s Lakewood Church. It''s at the Houston megachurch that Israel and the gang reassembled for Jesus at the Center, a double-disc recording in the spirit of the classics New Season and Live from Another Level -- the top-selling albums that made the group a household name in gospel. Like efforts past, Jesus consists of two main movements. The first one is a praise-fest featuring a string of high-octane numbers, running the gamut from corporate choral praise ("Jesus the Same," "More Than Enough") and contemporary gospel ("No Turning Back") to Latin electro-pop (the Pitbull-esque "Te Amo"), and even a gospel-ska hybrid ("Rez Power"). The vibe isn''t always congregational -- "Te Amo," in particular, is more a dance party than a praise party -- but that''s merely Israel getting the audience primed for something a little deeper. The turning point is the pop ballad "Jesus at the Center," a rousing number giving way to the second movement, a stretch of worshipful, impassioned slow-burners that segue right into one another. This is familiar territory for the group, which makes it all the harder to pinpoint which songs from Jesus at the Center will join the ranks of "Friend of God" and "You Are Good" in the canon of cross-cultural praise. Aside from the title track -- which some churches have had in rotation since its inclusion in the collective''s 2011 retrospective, Decade -- only time will tell how the new material will fare with churchgoers. After all, they''re the gatekeepers who continue to give Israel & New Breed a reason to sing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2012
  • Label: Rgm New Breed
  • UPC: 000768506325
  • Catalog Number: 85063
  • Sales rank: 3,983

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Intro (3:58)
  2. 2 Jesus the Same (5:21)
  3. 3 Rez Power - Jeremiah Woods (4:46)
  4. 4 No Turning Back (8:33)
  5. 5 Te Amo - T Bone (6:33)
  6. 6 More Than Enough - Onaje Jefferson (5:33)
  7. 7 Overflow - Bishop Michael Pitts (10:20)
  8. 8 I Call You Jesus (5:48)
  9. 9 Church Medley: Jesus Is the Sweetest Name I Know/Oh How I Love Jesus - Charlin Moore (5:47)
  10. 10 Jesus at the Center (9:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Jesus at the Center (Reprise) (1:23)
  2. 2 Speechless - Rev. Tina Baker (6:13)
  3. 3 It's Not Over (When God Is in It) (7:32)
  4. 4 Your Presence is Heaven (8:39)
  5. 5 More and More - Onaje Jefferson (10:55)
  6. 6 Hosanna/Moving Forward/Where Else Can I Go (8:46)
  7. 7 You Have Me/You Hold My World - Michael Gungor (7:02)
  8. 8 To Make You Feel My Love/Name of Love - Maria Houghton (5:56)
  9. 9 It's Not Over (When God Is in It) - Jason Nelson (6:35)
  10. 10 Jesus at the Center (4:22)
  11. 11 Your Presence Is Heaven (4:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Israel & New Breed Primary Artist
Israel Indexed Contributor
Javier Solís Percussion
John Bowen Background Vocals
Aaron Lindsey Readings
Omar Martinez Trumpet
Michael Mellett Choir, Chorus
Chris Carmichael Strings
René Ornelas Saxophone
Daniel Johnson Vocals
Ed Cash Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Tony Lucido Bass
Israel Houghton Guitar, Piano, Drums, Readings
Matt Campbell Bass
Paul Mabury Drums
James Williams Trumpet
Justin Raines Bass, Key Bass
Kevin Camp Drums, Keyboards
Josh Robinson Drums
Buddy Strong Keyboards, Hammond B3
Joel Camey Electric Guitar
Christabelle Clack Vocals
Krystle Harper Vocals
Jerry Harris Keyboards
Erica King Vocals
Onaje Jefferson Vocals
Jeremiah Woods Vocals
Lois DuPlessis Vocals
Arron W. Lindsey Keyboards
Lakewood Church Choir Choir, Chorus
Jeremiah McConico Electric Guitar
Adrian Disch Synthesizer
Chris Lacorte Electric Guitar
Charlin Moore Vocals
Shawn Flowers Vocals
Cody Norris Background Vocals
Mike Clemons Drums
Ryan Horton Vocals
Rev. Tina Baker Vocals
Randy Alison Saxophone
Eddie Luis Trumpet
Felix de Leon Trumpet
Victoria Orta Violin, Cello
Yankar Gonzales Trombone
Chris Baker Keyboards
Bethany Masepiqa Vocals
Technical Credits
Danny Duncan Engineer
Aaron Lindsey Composer
Omar Martinez Horn Arrangements
Michael Mellett Director
Tommy Sims Composer
Chris Carmichael String Arrangements
Bob Boyd Mastering
Adam Ranney Composer
Jim Gray String Arrangements
Ed Cash Producer
Rene "M.C. T-Bone" Sotomayor Composer
Israel Houghton Composer, Executive Producer, Horn Arrangements
Terrance Jones Engineer
Iz Producer
Jeff Cain Digital Editing
Lisa Gungor Composer
Michael Gungor Composer
Casey Graham Engineer
Amante Lacey Composer
Sidney Mohede Composer
Meleasa Houghton Composer
Jeremiah Woods Composer
Arron W. Lindsey Programming, Digital Editing, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Frederick Whitfield Composer
Ricardo Sanchez Composer
Brad Waller Composer
Robert Dylan Composer
Joseph Salamida Engineer
Jay King Artist Development
Joth Hunt Composer
Boerhaüs Artwork
Angel O. Martinez Horn Arrangements
Mario Caroscio Engineer
BJ Putnam Composer
C. Ryan Dunham Executive Producer
Micah Massey Composer
Scharita Lacey Composer
Willie Garcia Programming
Gorff Wood Monitors
Alden Lewis Engineer
Rory James Monitors
Brad Duryea Engineer
Chris Baker Programming
Doug Enquist Composer
Lela B. Long Composer
Kelley Steele Composer
Nick Cooper Vocal Coach
Ron Russ Engineer
Galley Molina Executive Producer
Linz Producer
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