Journeys: Live in New York

Journeys: Live in New York

by Richard Smallwood
     
 
Recorded in 2005 at various venues including the Hammerstein Ballroom in N.Y.C., this vibrant, spiritually uplifting two-disc set celebrates the renowned multiple Grammy and Stellar Award-winning performer's quarter century as a recording artist. Between the concerts and the album's release, Richard Smallwood cemented his place in his genre's history with his

Overview

Recorded in 2005 at various venues including the Hammerstein Ballroom in N.Y.C., this vibrant, spiritually uplifting two-disc set celebrates the renowned multiple Grammy and Stellar Award-winning performer's quarter century as a recording artist. Between the concerts and the album's release, Richard Smallwood cemented his place in his genre's history with his induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. One would think with that kind of background -- he's the forerunner to later singer/producer/big-show ringleaders like Kirk Franklin -- listeners wouldn't have to be subjected right off the bat to the somewhat self-indulgent spoken biography that introduces disc one. Fortunately, Smallwood and his numerous all-star guests let their faith and exciting vocals and rhythms speak for themselves after that. Smallwood offers his own testimony in song on "I Won't Give Up" and then the parade of legends and future legends begins, led by Kim Burrell's rousing "Journey" and Smallwood's stirring anthem "I'll Trust You" backed by Vision, his 21-voice choir since the mid-'90s. The powerhouse soul vocals of Burrell, R&B star Kelly Price (on the searing ballad "Morning's Breaking"), and the famed Chaka Khan (the pop-jazzy breezes of "Precious Is Your Name") are balanced by the intense operatic magic of Janice Chandler-Eteme's lead voice on "We Worship You." The powerful vocal soloing is complemented by one of the concert's best tracks, the lively toe-tapping "We've Come Too Far," sung in perfect harmony by the renowned Hawkins Family. The set closes with the collection's lone studio track, "I'd Rather Have Jesus," rendered tenderly by Smallwood sitting alone at the acoustic piano. The story goes that this was the only song he ever heard his mother -- the rock and foundation of her son's life -- play on the piano. As the concert well illustrates, praise songs are as fun and funky as music gets. But sometimes, as Smallwood shows on this last track, a simple note of gratitude to God communicates volumes.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2007
Label:
Verity
UPC:
0828766222623
catalogNumber:
62226

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Smallwood   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Soloist
Tramaine Hawkins   Vocals
Dottie Jones   Vocals
Hobbs   Narrator
Stephanie Winslow   Soprano (Vocal),Group Member
Edwin Hawkins   Vocals
Darlene Simmons   Background Vocals,Soprano (Vocal),Group Member
Raymond Reeder   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
Jeffrey Waddy   Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
Lisa Williams   Background Vocals
Tara Fentress   Alto (Vocal),Group Member
Renee Adams   Alto (Vocal),Group Member
Angela Bell   Soprano (Vocal),Group Member
Byron Nichols   Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
Vernon Love   Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
Carolene Hatchett   Soprano (Vocal),Group Member
Shawn K. Hayden   Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
Rhonda Burnett   Soprano (Vocal),Group Member
Burl Binion   Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
Ashley Williams   Background Vocals
Tedd Winn   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
Andrew Leonard   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Richard Smallwood   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
George Beverly Shea   Composer
Cedric Caldwell   Arranger,Producer
Victor Caldwell   Arranger,Producer
Roger Holmes   Executive Producer,Management
Tom Howard   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
H. Beecher Hicks   Liner Notes
Rhea F. Miller   Composer

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