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Eye on it (Forefront) FOR FANS OF: Owl City, Lecrae
best days (Tillyman Music Group) FOR FANS OF: Maurette Brown Clark, Vickie Winans QQQQ
Actress and singer Tamela Mann is back with her latest album, Best Days, and the Kirk
Franklin produced album is set to make major waves on the gospel scene. The title track sets the tone, but it’s “Take Me To The King” that explodes with a dose of adrenaline and Mann’s incredible range.
WE LIKE: “Take Me To The King”
Charles JeNKINs & FellowshIp ChICago The best of both worlds (EMI Gospel)
FOR FANS OF: Jason Nelson, Byron Cage, William McDowell
The latest long- awaited LP from TobyMac keeps things fun with a light,
summery vibe throughout—from the opening Owl City-esque “Me Without you” to the whistle-along tune “Favorite Song,” which features Jamie grace. The album’s anchor is “Forgiveness” which features Lecrae and a structure that echoes Mat Kearney.
WE LIKE: “Forgiveness”
‘Til the storm Passes by
(Gaither Music Group) FOR FANS OF: Mavis Staples
After a season of personal trials, gaither Homecoming’s
favorite soul sister is back to musically express how she got through. Spaciously produced by Ben Isaacs (Oak Ridge Boys), Lynda’s subtle soul timbre breathes poignant vocal testimony into every line.
WE LIKE: “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”
Covering gospel’s past and present, the track list kicks off with a tribute to
Fellowship’s musical legacy before recording everything from R&B to contemporary worship. Jenkins songwriting and production prowess, plus Fellowship’s talent, has taken the record straight to #1.
WE LIKE: “Days of Elijah”