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All Music Guide - John Bush
Smokie Norful consolidated his status as one of gospel music's brightest hopes with his sophomore set, Nothing Without You, a surprisingly broad-based collection of contemporary and traditional gospel. Listeners who are suspicious of Norful trying a little of everything shouldn't be afraid. The musician, arranger, songwriter. and community activist proves immensely skilled at everything he attempts here, starting with the opener, a horn-driven blast of affirmation named "Power." Percy Bady's "Worthy" is another success, a rousing gospel choir number with Norful leading the faithful while exhibiting as much fire and charisma as Donny Hathaway. Even when he moves into slower ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Smokie Norful consolidated his status as one of gospel music's brightest hopes with his sophomore set, Nothing Without You, a surprisingly broad-based collection of contemporary and traditional gospel. Listeners who are suspicious of Norful trying a little of everything shouldn't be afraid. The musician, arranger, songwriter. and community activist proves immensely skilled at everything he attempts here, starting with the opener, a horn-driven blast of affirmation named "Power." Percy Bady's "Worthy" is another success, a rousing gospel choir number with Norful leading the faithful while exhibiting as much fire and charisma as Donny Hathaway. Even when he moves into slower material, as on the traditional "I Know the Lord Will Make a Way" and the title track featuring George Duke, Norful displays the same sure touch with his stirring, soulful tenor. There's only one nod to R&B, titled "Can't Nobody," but it's a success as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Emi Gospel
  • UPC: 724357779500
  • Catalog Number: 77795
  • Sales rank: 74,385

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Smokie Norful Primary Artist, Piano, Background Vocals
George Duke Synthesizer
Rod McGaha Horn
Percy Bady Keyboards
Calvin Barnes Background Vocals
Lloyd Barry Conductor, Horn
Tyrone Block Background Vocals
Mark Douthit Tenor Saxophone
Richard Gibbs Hammond Organ
Carl Gorodetzky Concert Master
Barry Green Trombone
Mike Haines Trumpet
Mike Haynes Trumpet
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Sam Levine Saxophone
Doug Moffet Baritone Saxophone
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar
Steve Patrick Trumpet
Greg Phillinganes Piano
Tony Russell Bass
Tommy Sims Acoustic Guitar
Keith Taylor Bass
Sharay Reed Bass Guitar
Al Willis Guitar
Faith Howard Background Vocals
Angela Primm Background Vocals
Derrick Buckingham Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Cynthia Pasley Background Vocals
Juan Winans Background Vocals
Gabrielle West Background Vocals
Jerard Woods Background Vocals
Roy Agee Horn
Myron Butler Organ
LeAnne Palmore Background Vocals
Jim Gray Conductor
Melinda Doolittle Background Vocals
Asaph Ward Piano, Keyboards
Big Tim Bailey Organ
Matthew Long Ambience
DeJuan Williams Guitar
Dremond Williams Drums
Andrew L. Ward Jr. Drums
Terrence Marshall Background Vocals
Michelle Pickett Background Vocals
Michael Bereal Piano
Vernard Burton Background Vocals
Teddy Campbell Drums
Ternae Jordan Jr. Background Vocals
Mike Ripol Acoustic Guitar
Moiba Mustapha Background Vocals
Darcey Stewart Jr. Background Vocals
Gloria Brand Background Vocals
Monique Griffith Background Vocals
Rachel Hockett Background Vocals
Carissima A. Joseph Background Vocals
Antoinette Linton Gibesgus Lacy Background Vocals
Bernard Long Ambience
Doug Mofitt Saxophone
Myron & Levi Background Vocals
Cyndy Paisley Background Vocals
Lemajor Purnell Ambience
Derrick "Swol" Ray Bass
Denise Rutledge Background Vocals
Ira Dean Drums
Technical Credits
Neil Young overdub engineer
Michael Davis Engineer
George Duke Producer
Ronn Huff String Arrangements
Percy Bady Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum programming
Lloyd Barry Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Cedric Caldwell Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Victor Caldwell Composer
Bryan Lenox Engineer
Ken Love Mastering
Mike Poole Engineer
Tommy Sims Producer
Erik Zobler Engineer
Lawrence Blackwell Marketing
Ken Pennell Executive Producer
Smokie Norful Arranger, Composer, Vocal Producer
Andy Selby Programming, Engineer
Myron Butler Composer, Producer
Asaph Ward Producer, Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Josiah "Chuks" Bell Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, Vocal Engineer
Antonio Dixon Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Producer, Instrumentation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    This CD is inspirational and uplifting. The songs are very moving and when you hear them, you can't help but feel spirtiually moved!

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