No Limits: Live

No Limits: Live

by Martha Munizzi
     
 

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Expectations ran high for No Limits: Live, Martha Munizzi's follow-up to the best-selling The Best Is Yet to Come, her breakthrough disc in contemporary gospel music. Fresh off a Best New Artist win at the Stellar Awards -- the first non-black artist to do so -- and not quite ready to rest on her laurels, Munizzi did a few things differently here. First, she…  See more details below

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Expectations ran high for No Limits: Live, Martha Munizzi's follow-up to the best-selling The Best Is Yet to Come, her breakthrough disc in contemporary gospel music. Fresh off a Best New Artist win at the Stellar Awards -- the first non-black artist to do so -- and not quite ready to rest on her laurels, Munizzi did a few things differently here. First, she went from independence to a major distribution deal with Integrity Music, whose experience in live worship music and ties to Sony-BMG in the general market could only widen the reach of her ministry. Second, she chose not to ask gospel/praise & worship music powerhouses Israel Houghton and Aaron Lindsey to produce again, instead enlisting the help of former Fred Hammond music director Noel Hall to man the boards. This in part explains why No Limits: Live has a more polished contemporary gospel vibe than its predecessor, favoring slick, top-shelf urban arrangements over celebratory, multi-cultural gospel praise. Such is the case with the title track, "Great Exchange," and "Till the Walls Fall," all potent, declaratory anthems that are more empowering than worshipful -- battle hymns for the contemporary gospel listener. The joyous "Name Above All Names" does recall her breakout Latin gospel hit "Glorious" a bit, but it's much more layered and pristine -- almost ready-made for radio. Where The Best Is Yet to Come seemed unpolished and spur-of-the-moment, No Limits: Live is contained and highly rehearsed. This is not a knock, but a testament to the great attention to detail Munizzi employed in crafting the album, never more noticeable in the awe-inspiring ballad "What He's Done" and the jazzy, multi-movement "Renew Me." This doesn't mean Munizzi doesn't let loose and wax pastoral -- in fact, the singer gets a little too motivational midway through the second disc. This -- coupled with the various reprises, sermons, and moments of free worship that pepper the set -- weighs down an album that, when condensed to its very basics, happens to be Munizzi's most accomplished album yet.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2006
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0828767709321
catalogNumber:
77093

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martha Munizzi   Primary Artist,Vocals
Eric Reed   Keyboards,Hammond B3
Terrance Palmer   Bass,Bass Guitar
Pamela Taylor   Vocals
Darryl "Major D" Dixon   Guitar
Joey Woolfalk   Acoustic Guitar
Noel Hall   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Musical Direction,Hammond B3
Tommie Walker   Keyboards
Keith Jourdan   Trumpet
Calvin Rodgers   Drums
Danielle Stephens   Vocals
Heath Burgett   Vocals
Byron Chambers   Guest Appearance
Eugenia "Bootsie" Newman   Vocals
Mary Alessi   Vocals,Guest Appearance
LaJimmease Murray Jones   Vocals
Darryl Dixon   Guitar

Technical Credits

Danny Duncan   Engineer
Graham Kendrick   Composer
Andy Anderson   Engineer
Ken Love   Mastering
Charles Wesley   Composer
Noel Hall   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Tommie Walker   Programming
Thomas Campbell   Composer
Martha Munizzi   Arranger,Composer
Byron Chambers   Arranger,Composer,Engineer,overdub engineer
Mary Alessi   Composer
Aaron Pearce   Arranger
Mitch Waddell   Pro-Tools
Dan Munizzi   Composer

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