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Live

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by Smokie Norful
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/2009
Label:
Emi Gospel
UPC:
5099951283223
catalogNumber:
12832

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Performance Credits

Smokie Norful   Primary Artist,Piano,Track Performer
Ruben Alvarez   Percussion
Barry Green   Trombone
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
Moiro Konchellah   Vocals
Tiffany Gatlin   Vocals
Denise Rutledge   Vocals
Keshia McFarland   Vocals
Reuben Alvarez   Percussion
Floyd Wilkerson   Vocals
Carla Barnes   Vocals
Lajuanese Robinson   Vocals
Jason Tyson   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Lionel Richie   Composer
Rodney Jones   Composer
Lloyd Barry   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
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
Tim Bailey   Composer

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