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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The concert medium particularly suits an energetic gospel performer like Smokie Norful, as was apparent on his 2003 release Limited Edition, but this album really shows off his rapport with his audience. Norful's primary influences are the pop-soul music of '70s Stevie Wonder and '80s Lionel Richie (Richie's "Jesus Is Love" is performed here in a duet with Heather Headley), and like those singers he has an expressive tenor. He uses it in call and response choruses with a small gospel choir over dense, keyboard-dominated arrangements, repeating phrases praising God as he whips up the crowd. "God's gon' do it!," they intone over and over on the opening track, "He's Gonna...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The concert medium particularly suits an energetic gospel performer like Smokie Norful, as was apparent on his 2003 release Limited Edition, but this album really shows off his rapport with his audience. Norful's primary influences are the pop-soul music of '70s Stevie Wonder and '80s Lionel Richie (Richie's "Jesus Is Love" is performed here in a duet with Heather Headley), and like those singers he has an expressive tenor. He uses it in call and response choruses with a small gospel choir over dense, keyboard-dominated arrangements, repeating phrases praising God as he whips up the crowd. "God's gon' do it!," they intone over and over on the opening track, "He's Gonna Come Through," and similar sentiments pervade the rest of the album. Norful stays timely in his lyrics. "I thought we'd never see the White House, but I'm claimin' it!," he declares in "Justified," while acknowledging, "The economy's down," at the start of "Don't Quit." As those titles indicate, whether he is pleased or dismayed by the state of the nation, it's all fodder for the basically upbeat, inspirational message he has to convey. The recording shows signs of being edited, with several tracks fading out instead of ending in applause, which quells the excitement now and then. But Norful is in his natural element before an audience, and he shines on this disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • Label: Emi Gospel
  • EAN: 5099951283223
  • Catalog Number: 12832
  • Sales rank: 106,735

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 He's Gonna Come Through - Tye Tribbett (4:56)
  2. 2 I Will Bless the Lord (6:07)
  3. 3 Justified (8:43)
  4. 4 Mighty God (6:10)
  5. 5 In the Presence of the King (7:02)
  6. 6 Dear God (5:37)
  7. 7 No One Else (6:12)
  8. 8 Jesus Is Love - Heather Headley (6:41)
  9. 9 Don't Quit (7:07)
  10. 10 I've Been Delivered (6:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Smokie Norful Primary Artist, Piano, Track Performer
Ruben Alvarez Percussion
Barry Green Trombone
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Steve Patrick Trumpet
Faith Howard Vocals
Rick Watford Guitar
Nikki Ross Vocals
Heather Headley Track Performer
Tim Mason Organ
Michelle Pickett Vocals
Jimmy Bowland Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Tye Tribbett Track Performer
Tiffany Gatlin Vocals
Denise Rutledge Vocals
Technical Credits
Lionel Richie Composer
Lloyd Barry Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Ken Love Mastering
Ken Pennell Executive Producer
David Habegger Engineer
Nick Sparks Engineer
Smokie Norful Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Myron Butler Composer
Tim Frank Art Direction
Tye Tribbett Composer
Tobey Betthauser Digital Editing
Tim Bailey Composer
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