The Introduction

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Kicking off with an intro that's entirely jazz fusion, gospel singer Zacardi Cortez brings a '70s and '80s feel to his debut album, The Introduction, bringing reminders of Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang, the Time, and Washington, D.C.'s go-go music scene throughout this exciting release. Then there's the voice, a natural powerhouse that still stands out in a genre that has plenty. Add a top-notch set of tunes, from the hit single "One More Time" to the church organ classic run-through called "Hymn Medley," plus an all-star guest list -- John P. Kee, Lalah Hathaway, Fred Hammond, and James Fortune are practically the lineup of That's What I Call Gospel 2012 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Kicking off with an intro that's entirely jazz fusion, gospel singer Zacardi Cortez brings a '70s and '80s feel to his debut album, The Introduction, bringing reminders of Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang, the Time, and Washington, D.C.'s go-go music scene throughout this exciting release. Then there's the voice, a natural powerhouse that still stands out in a genre that has plenty. Add a top-notch set of tunes, from the hit single "One More Time" to the church organ classic run-through called "Hymn Medley," plus an all-star guest list -- John P. Kee, Lalah Hathaway, Fred Hammond, and James Fortune are practically the lineup of That's What I Call Gospel 2012 -- and this is an easy-to-recommend debut that keeps rewarding return visits.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2012
  • Label: Worldwide
  • UPC: 747656307823
  • Catalog Number: 3078
  • Sales rank: 59,194

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro - Kierra Sheard (0:45)
  2. 2 Praise You (5:53)
  3. 3 God Held Me Together (5:04)
  4. 4 Every Promise (4:55)
  5. 5 Living For You (4:06)
  6. 6 For Me (4:40)
  7. 7 Come Bless the Lord (4:29)
  8. 8 One More Time (4:19)
  9. 9 Mighty God (3:39)
  10. 10 Alright (3:34)
  11. 11 It Was Love (4:07)
  12. 12 Hymn Medley (5:38)
  13. 13 He Brought Me (5:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Zacardi Cortez Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Isaac Carree Background Vocals
Nikki Ross Background Vocals
The Williams Singers Background Vocals
F.I.Y.A Background Vocals
Gene Moore Background Vocals
Lucius B. Hoskins Background Vocals
Teresa Murray Background Vocals
D'Shondra Rideout Background Vocals
Minon Bolton Background Vocals
Erin Cortez Background Vocals
Cheryl Fortune Background Vocals
Chauncey Kepney Background Vocals
Darrell Walls Background Vocals
Chad Stevenson Background Vocals
Singleton Family Background Vocals
Ira "Stoic" Dean Background Vocals
Dra-Kkar Wesley Background Vocals
Christa Rudd Background Vocals
Ashlee Ardion Background Vocals
Anzeo Henderson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
David Donaldson Engineer
Fred Hammond Composer
Ray Hammond Engineer
Bobby Sparks Composer
Darnell Williams Composer, Vocal Producer
Richard Simpson Mastering
Isaac Carree Composer
Lloyd Berry Arranger
Debra Perry Composer, Engineer
AyRon Lewis Composer, Producer
James Hodges Engineer
Ernie Wells Engineer
James Fortune Composer, Vocal Producer
Lucius B. Hoskins Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
Matt Kennedy Engineer
Zacardi Cortez Composer
Erica King Composer
James O'Neal Composer
Aaron Sledge Composer, Producer, Engineer
Kerry F. Douglas Sr. Executive Producer, Management
Leo Jermaine Williams Engineer
Terence Vaughn Composer, Producer
Bobby Sparks II Composer, Producer, Engineer
Cheryl Fortune Composer, Vocal Producer
Nicholas Humes Composer, Producer
Reginald Strong Jr. Arranger
Steve Lewis Composer
LaMar Ayers Art Direction
Deshon Gales Graphic Design
Preashea Hilliard Composer
Lehman Gray Engineer
Marcus McFarlin Composer
Chad Stevenson Composer
Singleton Family Vocal Producer
Rod Stegar Engineer
Juslyn Young Project Administrator
Isaac "Yung Chill" Yowman Engineer
Ira "Stoic" Dean Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
Dra-Kkar Wesley Composer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
Anzeo Henderson Composer
Anthony Jefferies Engineer
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