The Live Encounter

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
"The live encounter" might be assumed to be between gospel singer Tonya Baker and her audience on this lengthy album, but she would probably say it's an encounter between God and His people. Baker has room for three distinct sections on the disc. The first section is in a traditional gospel mode, as Baker comes out saying, "I don't know what you came to do, but I came to praise the Lord," which sets the tone for songs with titles like "Nothing Compares" and "Miracles." Baker changes gears, musically, at least, starting with "Bless Your Name (Tonya's Psalm)," a Caribbean-flavored ballad, which begins a series of softer numbers with a quiet storm feel. She revs up for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
"The live encounter" might be assumed to be between gospel singer Tonya Baker and her audience on this lengthy album, but she would probably say it's an encounter between God and His people. Baker has room for three distinct sections on the disc. The first section is in a traditional gospel mode, as Baker comes out saying, "I don't know what you came to do, but I came to praise the Lord," which sets the tone for songs with titles like "Nothing Compares" and "Miracles." Baker changes gears, musically, at least, starting with "Bless Your Name (Tonya's Psalm)," a Caribbean-flavored ballad, which begins a series of softer numbers with a quiet storm feel. She revs up for the finish, starting with "I Won't Forget," which boasts a funk rhythm, and roars to the end with "Kingdom Advancement." Although it is typical of gospel albums to have extended codas, or reprises, to songs, Baker makes a major event out of the ones here; for example, the reprise to "Let Your Glory Fill This House" runs more than eight minutes, which is more than two-and-a-half minutes longer than the song itself. In these improvisatory moments, she seems to explore the song and its meaning with her band and audience, preparing her to move on to the next song. The Live Encounter is an ambitious effort for Tonya Baker and a singular accomplishment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2011
  • Label: Kingdom Records
  • UPC: 801881105514
  • Catalog Number: 6016
  • Sales rank: 370,058

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tonya Baker Primary Artist
Caltomeesh West Alto (Vocal)
Chelsea West Soprano (Vocal)
Parris Bowens Keyboards, Overdubs
Latiana Dunn Alto (Vocal)
Troy Chambers Organ
Philip Hughley Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Emoni Wilkins Soprano (Vocal)
Joel Buckner Tenor (Vocal)
Leonard "Pudge" Tribbett Jr. Drums
Thadeus Tribbett Bass, Key Bass
Dennis Cook Tenor (Vocal)
Jimmy McDuffie Tenor (Vocal)
Carlynn Watson Alto (Vocal)
Shamika Leeks Soprano (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Myron Butler Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Editing, Vocal Overdubs
Jason Herring Composer
Parris Bowens Programming, Music Direction
Romel Gibson Composer
Joan Sullivan Executive Producer
Kyle Lovett Composer
Tonya Baker Composer
Rachel James Composer
Jonathan Dunn Composer
Leonard "Pudge" Tribbett Jr. Programming
Ernest Allen Jr. Mastering
Kevon Carter Composer
Ted Winn Composer
Matthew Herman Composer
B. Marcus Flanders Composer
Tonica Jones Imaging
Tasha Washington Personal Assistant
Penny Brown Personal Assistant
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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    THIS IS A MUST HAVE!

    AMAZING!!!! Mrs. Tonya Baker ushers you into the presence of God! She oozes worship and its hard for one not to follow her in. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!

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