Witness Protection

Witness Protection

by Dave Hollister


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Witness Protection

Dave Hollister beat out Kelly Price and SWV's Coko to become the most successful urban B-lister to go gospel in 2006. His debut in the genre, The Book of David, Vol. 1: The Transition, shot to the top of Billboard's gospel tally and cemented him as a new force in sanctified urban music, but it did more than that: it proved that you can do gospel and still keep it real. Witness Protection picks up right where Transition left off, but only stylistically: Hollister is no longer interested in bringing to light the demons of his past, but to leave them behind and get his praise on. The levity doesn't mean the album is rife with empty hallelujahs or silly praise workouts. Instead, the crooner lets listeners in on his new lot in life -- Hollister grew up in church, but Witness Protection shows a man worshiping not because he has to, but because he wants to. An émigré of contemporary R&B, Hollister doesn't skimp on slickness because he's found God; on the contrary, Witness Protection offers some of the most true to form R&B confections gospel has seen in 2008. Hollister keeps things unabashedly grown and sexy here: his loverman tendencies haven't gone anywhere, with a mature vibe that recalls former colleagues Ginuwine, Avant, and Jaheim. The big difference, though, is that Hollister is now crooning for the Lord, nailing the vocals with more soul and self-assurance than he ever did during his post-Blackstreet days. As Witness Protection testifies, the brother is doing all right: just two albums in and almost without trying, Hollister has climbed the ranks of urban gospel to become one of its strongest, most effortless proponents.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2008
Label: Gospocentric
UPC: 0886972873121
catalogNumber: 728731

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Hollister   Primary Artist,Vocals,Bird Calls
Jonathan DuBose   Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Denise Jackson White   Bird Calls
Suquilah Stillwell   Bird Calls
John J. Moore   Bass
Atozzio Towns   Bird Calls
Jevon Hill   Organ,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass,Bird Calls,Guest Appearance
Erica Smith   Bird Calls
Jayshawn Champion   Bird Calls
Rick Benjamin   Bass

Technical Credits

Dave Hollister   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Bruce Irvine   Engineer
Chris McDonald   String Arrangements
Nashville String Machine   String Arrangements
Dan Rudin   Engineer
Keith Douglas   Management
Bob Engel   Engineer
Steve Kovacs   Engineer
George Cumbee   Engineer
Aaron Holton   Engineer
Jevon Hill   Composer,Producer,drum programming
James "Jazzy" Jordan   Executive Producer
Jayshawn Champion   Composer
Marqus Curtis   Composer
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction
Rick Benjamin   Arranger

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