Life Changing

Life Changing

by Smokie Norful
     
 

With only two albums, Smokie Norful achieved what normally takes contemporary gospel hopefuls a lifetime to attain: acclaim, accolades, and album sales numbering in the millions -- not bad for a former school teacher and now pastor in the Chicago suburbs. Life Changing, Norful's third full-length, further attests that he was born to do this: everything comes toSee more details below

Overview

With only two albums, Smokie Norful achieved what normally takes contemporary gospel hopefuls a lifetime to attain: acclaim, accolades, and album sales numbering in the millions -- not bad for a former school teacher and now pastor in the Chicago suburbs. Life Changing, Norful's third full-length, further attests that he was born to do this: everything comes to him so effortlessly, so naturally, you'd think this is the work of a veteran. A cornucopia of producers and styles are represented throughout the album, but Norful manages to keep both in check, never letting things get out of hand or out of sync with his vision for elegance in his brand of neo-classicist contemporary gospel. Even the album's most celebratory, rhythmic moments are tempered with a dose of chic and sophistication, like the joyous "Great & Mighty," a romp whose understated choral and orchestral elements give the otherwise beach-ready groove an air of grace and style that's simply breathtaking. Of course, part of this worshipful charm stems from Norful's pastoral heart, which, when coupled with his soulful tendencies, only heightens his sensitivity toward the more corporate material -- the songs that are chiefly intended for a church audience, like the Sunday-morning praise of "Celebrate" or the convocational "Right Now." When not leading the choir, Norful sits at the piano and turns into a consummate soulster -- John Legend who? -- absolutely killing a rewrite of the Whitney Houston hit "Run to You" and the showstopper, the self-penned quiet storm ballad "Run Til I Finish." It's Life Changing's fluency to transition from the pulpit to the nightclub -- figuratively, at least -- that explains how Norful has, in such a short time, managed to outclass other newcomers, putting him on the same wavelength, artistically and otherwise, as more seasoned mainstays in gospel, R&B, and beyond.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2006
Label:
Emi Gospel
UPC:
0094633334724
catalogNumber:
33347

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Smokie Norful   Primary Artist,Piano
Mark Baldwin   Guitar
David Angell   Strings
Percy Bady   Keyboards
Lloyd Barry   Strings,Horn
David Davidson   Strings
Carl Gorodetzky   Conductor
Barry Green   Horn
Mike Haynes   Horn
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Anthony LaMarchina   Strings
Doug Moffett   Horn
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Tony Russell   Bass
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Alan Umstead   Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Strings
Nia Allen   Background Vocals
Cynthia Jernigan   Background Vocals
Faith Howard   Background Vocals
Vinnie Ciesielski   Horn
Maurice Fitzgerald   Bass
Nick Sparks   Horn Engineer
Monisa Angell   Strings
Julie Tanner   Strings
John Hinchey   Horn
Terrence Marshall   Background Vocals
Vernard Burton   Background Vocals
Jonathon Dubose   Guitar
Zita Smith   Background Vocals
Denise Rutledge   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Grant Green   Digital Editing
Percy Bady   Composer,Producer
Lloyd Barry   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Cedric Caldwell   Producer
Victor Caldwell   Producer,Engineer,Digital Editing
Jud J. Friedman   Composer
Roger Heiss   Engineer
Ken Love   Mastering
Tony Russell   Instrument Arrangement
Tommy Sims   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Allan Rich   Composer
Greg Lawrence   Digital Editing
Ken Pennell   Executive Producer
Karen Philpott   Art Direction
Nick Sparks   Engineer
Smokie Norful   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production,Instrument Arrangement
Myron Butler   Composer
Josiah "Chuks" Bell   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Tobey Betthauser   Digital Editing
Reginald Johnson   grooming
Jason Tyson   Audio Production

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