by Vashawn Mitchell
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Singer, songwriter, and choral director VaShawn Mitchell makes his EMI Gospel debut with Triumphant, recorded live at his Higher Living Church in Atlanta, GA. Mitchell is possessed of a smooth, light baritone that he uses to croon ballads like "Nobody Greater" and "Be Fruitful," but he is at least as interested in playing his part at the head of the choir, serving as a cheerleader who plays to the congregation along with the recording machines. "I like this part!," he exclaims as the bridge approaches on the lead-off track, "Conqueror," later adding, "Make some noise!," as if this were a hip-hop concert instead of a religious service. Mitchell's gospel music is heavily influenced by '70s and '80s R&B, and he particularly suggests Lionel Richie on "I Need You" and Earth, Wind & Fire on "Just Another Day." But he can turn more traditional, notably on "You Reign" and "His Blood Still Works," stepping aside on the latter to turn the microphone over to an exuberant Lisa Page Brooks, whose cries of "Oh, the blood!" can be more disturbing than inspiring. (Of course, that's the blood of Jesus she means.) Elsewhere, Mitchell maintains his call-and-response relationship with his singers, reciting the lyrics just before they sing them and exhorting the faithful: "Get those hands up for real!," he commands at one point, at another asking, "Can the worshipers join in?" The worshipers can be heard here and there, even though this is not a traditional live recording. In fact, the tracks often fade out at the end, or, rather, the volume drops suddenly for the last few seconds, thus de-emphasizing the live aspect. But then, this is not a concert, even if Mitchell and his musicians and singers often work things up to a considerable froth.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/2010
Label: Emi Gospel
UPC: 5099960660121
catalogNumber: 06601

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vashawn Mitchell   Primary Artist
Lawrence Jones   Lead
Daniel Weatherspoon   Keyboards
Kimberly Wright   Vocals
Maurice Fitzgerald   Bass
Calvin Rodgers   Drums
Krystal Johnson   Vocals
Rick Robinson   Keyboards
Jason Woods   Vocals
Brian Lofton   Organ
Titus Robertson   Organ
Isaiah Sharkey   Lead
Dante Hall   Vocals
Anita Wilson   Vocals
Tavarius Johnson   Drums
Donald Alford   Bass
Aaron Adams   Vocals
Bridges, Hooks & Stuff   Vocals
Angel Feaster   Vocals
Darrick "Swole" Ray   Bass
Danielle Davis   Vocals
Casey Hobbs   Vocals
Tiffany McGhee   Vocals
Tanesha Jefferson   Vocals
Rachael James   Vocals
Tasha Cobbs Leonard   Background Vocals,Vocal Ad-Libs

Technical Credits

Daniel Weatherspoon   Producer
Rick Robinson   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Vashawn Mitchell   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Lajuanese Robertson   Vocal Arrangements
Titus Robertson   Producer
Kyle Lovett   Arranger
Phillip Lassiter   Horn Arrangements
Devaughn Murphy   Composer
Tanner Gary   Art Direction
Jamie Parsons   Stylistic Assistant
Don Juan Holder   Engineer
David Habeger   Engineer
Darius Paulk   Composer
Michael Lacey   Engineer
Tonja Wilburn   Live Recording Coordination
Shammond Scales   Composer

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Triumphant 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Pleasure_Seeker More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine posted the video of his song, "Nobody Greater" on Facebook and after listening to him...I had to find out more and I did! I purchased his CD within the week from Barnes & Noble. :)Spirit filled CD. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago