The Live Encounter

The Live Encounter

by Tonya Baker


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The Live Encounter

"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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2011
Label: Kingdom Records
UPC: 0801881105514
catalogNumber: 6016
Rank: 294420

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   Drums
Thaddaeus 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
Tedd Winn   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   Programming
Kevon Carter   Composer
Matthew Herman   Composer
B. Marcus Flanders   Composer
Tonica Jones   Imaging
Tasha Washington   Personal Assistant
Penny Brown   Personal Assistant

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The Live Encounter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
thasongstress73 More than 1 year ago
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!