- Blessed & Highly Favored
- Something New
- You Heard My Cry
- Tried Him and I Know Him
- Holy Will
- Name It Claim It
- Looking to Get There (Heaven)
- God Understands All
- I've Got an Angel
- My Redeemer Liveth
- Pray for the U.S.A.
- Pray for the U.S.A. (Reprise)
- Jesus Is a Love Song
- You Brought the Sunshine
Contemporary gospel's recorded music event of 2007 was staged by none other than the Clark Sisters, one of the most celebrated female vocal groups in the history of the genre. Since chief songwriter Twinkie Clark left the group to pursue a solo career in 1991, the sisters had a hard time regaining the footing they had during their prime, and eventually hung it up for almost 15 years. In that frame, they all stepped out on their own with varying degrees of success, but things were never quite the same as during the quartet's zenith. The gospel community eventually got used to the idea of Twinkie, Karen Clark-Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and Jacky Clark-Chisolm operating individually, even if the parts never quite measured up to the sum of their voices. Finally in 2006, while each of them took a breather from recording, EMI Gospel seized the opportunity to orchestrate a reunion, and in the summer of that same year, Live: One Last Time was committed to tape. Of course, a project of this caliber couldn't just be left to chance. To make sure everything sounded just right, the label enlisted producer extraordinaire Donald Lawrence, whose knack for flawlessness is perhaps the disc's only misgiving: Live is so polished, glossed over, and overdubbed to perfection, you can't possibly tell what was done live and what was done in the studio. That's not so much a criticism as an observation -- most live contemporary gospel fare is fashioned the same way, anyway, but it's a mild letdown for longtime fans, especially those anxious to hear the foursome, not some backup vocalist hired after the fact. Fortunately, these ladies aren't just any act in the genre, but one of its very architects: their voices and presence are distinguishable enough to outclass those of lesser performers. That aside, Live is still the reunion of the decade, an elegant and respectful homage to the Clarks' trailblazing heritage. Back in their full glory, the sisters offer up a mixture of their best-loved hits and a half-dozen new selections so strong, they could well be classics-in-the-making. The Karen-penned "Blessed and Highly Favored," for example, is a mesmerizing display of the siblings' gift for harmony, while Dorinda's "Looking to Get There (Heaven)" is a funky, horn-drenched preamble to kingdom come. Meanwhile, Lawrence gives the girls the disco-fied "Livin'," perhaps the most joyous thing the Clarks have recorded since their smash "You Brought the Sunshine," also included here. The undisputed star here, though, is Twinkie. Not only does the totality of the hits -- presented here in full or abbreviated form -- come from her pen, but her own originals ("Something New," "You Heard My Cry") are to die for. There's something kindred about hearing them having so much fun on-stage once again, playing off of one another, nailing old-time favorites as if they had never left the limelight. In fact, everything gels together so well, so seamlessly, one can only hope the title of the disc is merely a misprint, that the Clark Sisters are really here to stay.
Performance CreditsClark Sisters Primary Artist
Ray Agee Trombone,Trumpet
Steve Patrick Trumpet
Pam Taylor Vocals,Background Vocals
Daniel Weatherspoon Keyboards,Musical Direction
Vinnie Ciesielski Trumpet,Vocals
Maurice Fitzgerald Bass
Joey Woolfalk Guitar
Calvin Rodgers Drums
Kierra "KiKi" Sheard Vocals,Background Vocals
Jimmy Bowland Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Blanche McAllister Background Vocals
Chris Morris Organ
Blanchie Mcallister Vocals
Timmy Bowland Baritone Saxophone
Latrice Pace-Speights Vocals
Technical CreditsLloyd Barry Horn Arrangements
Dorinda Clark-Cole Composer
Karen Clark-Sheard Composer
John Jaszcz Engineer,Audio Production
Donald Lawrence Composer,Producer,Author,Audio Production
Twinkie Clark-Terrell Composer
Ken Pennell Executive Producer
Todd Fairall Engineer,overdub engineer
Nick Sparks Engineer
Loren McGee Composer,Programming
Larry Blackwell Executive Producer
Joseph Logsdon Engineer
J. Drew Sheard Executive Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I LOVED this CD!!! I have always loved hearing the Clark Sisters. I really hope this is not the last one they put out. It is a blessing.
The Clark Sisters are truly an amazing group of women. I have been a follower of their music for 20years and have been blessed in soo many ways by these ladies. If you are a new listener to their music, you will truly be inspired. If you are a consistant fan of this group and not an opinionated/critical listener, then you will truly enjoy the meaning and messege behind the music and lyrics.
The Clark sisters have been singing, ministering, preaching, and praising God for as long as they have been alive. These Sisters are "Fierce". They have sang songs that have touched, inspired, encouraged, annointed, mentored people from all walks of life. Many inspirational, religious, and secular artists were and are influenced by these Dynamic sisters. Keep up the Excellent work
Album is good, but not outstanding. Clark Sisters sound overproduced. Instead of the raw in-your-face sound and runs that sometimes were'nt so perfect but were always anointed and meant to inspire, the voices have been multitracked and studio wizardry has dulled their edge. Even the musicians sound too studio even though they're playing live. Save your money and get the original recordings of most of these songs to really hear what the C-Sisters are about!!!
These women have inspired my life in many ways. If "I had Ten Thousdand Tongues, I could not tell it all" of how they have encouraged my being through their music.
I attended this recording in July of 06 and it was absolutely amazing. I had never witness this group of women live before. They were totally on and the song selection was right on point. They are definitely back and in a very large way. Awesome release ahead!!!! A MUST HAVE!!!!