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Stronger
     

Stronger

by Myron Butler & Levi
 
It was released quietly and sold adequately, but Myron Butler & Levi's debut, Set Me Free, was never a smash in the strictest sense of the term. What the album did reveal, though, was a promising aggregate that wasn't afraid to venture outside the conventions of contemporary gospel, an ability that the gospel community

Overview

It was released quietly and sold adequately, but Myron Butler & Levi's debut, Set Me Free, was never a smash in the strictest sense of the term. What the album did reveal, though, was a promising aggregate that wasn't afraid to venture outside the conventions of contemporary gospel, an ability that the gospel community recognized by granting it four Stellar Awards -- gospel's version of the Grammy. The group's second album, Stronger, is even more ambitious, mixing and matching top-notch contemporary gospel and classic choral elements with sensibilities that span inspirational gospel-pop ("Unrestrained"), urban funk ("Jesus Saves"), and even hard rock-gospel ("I Live"). Myron Butler is the quintessential frontman, taking the lead and guiding his skilled choristers with the zeal and poise of a young Kirk Franklin. Butler is a force in his own right, not only because he's a tremendous vocalist and a well-rounded producer, but also because he seems keen on stepping beyond the confines of contemporary gospel into sounds the genre often dares not touch, like pop-worship ("Above All") and even acoustic pop ("More Than You'll Ever Know"), while still keeping his feet firmly planted in his main style of choice. If Butler keeps up this pace, one day he might even reach Franklin-like status -- not a far-fetched prospect, given the two artists' previous working relationship in God's Property, 1NC, and Franklin's own solo efforts. Here's hoping the gospel crowd -- not generally known for being too fond of left-field surprises -- can come along for the ride.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2007
Label:
Emi Gospel
UPC:
0094638364221
catalogNumber:
83642

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Myron Butler & Levi   Primary Artist
Andrea Wallace   Vocals
Kevin Williams   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jimmy Wyatt   Organ
Todd Parsnow   Guitar
Myron Butler   Vocals
Sedrick Jenkins   Vocals,Background Vocals
DeBette Draper   Vocals
Jimane Nelson   Keyboards
Candy West   Vocals
Shelton Summons   Piano
Ryan Sharp   Trumpet
Eric Leonard   Trombone
Deonis "Pumah" Cook   Vocals
Phillip Lassiter   Trumpet
Levi   Background Vocals
Brandon 'Bassie Blue' Hamilton   Guitar
Bobby 'Starchild' Sparks   Organ
Debette Draper-Mcintosh   Vocals
Shaun '88 Fingers Martin   Piano
John 'JonJon' Webb   Bass Guitar
Robert "Sput" Searight   Drums
Tim Moles   Guitar
Roman Dudok   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Danny Duncan   Engineer
Paul Baloche   Composer
Lloyd Barry   Arranger
Edwin Hawkins   Composer
Lenny LeBlanc   Composer
Robert "Spud" Searight   Composer,Audio Production
Ken Pennell   Executive Producer
Chris Godbey   Engineer
Tony Sutherland   Composer
Myron Butler   Composer,Producer,Vocal Engineer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Shaun Martin   Composer
Jimane Nelson   Producer
Joey Lomas   Vocal Engineer
Calvin Nowell   Composer
Deonis "Pumah" Cook   Audio Production
Shaun '88 Fingers' Martin   Programming
John Webb   Programming,Audio Production

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