April 1st, 2011
Title: Gotta Have Gospel 8
Label: Integrity Music
Release date: October 5th, 2010
The latest installment in the Gotta Have Gospel series features some of the biggest names in the gospel music industry today. From contemporary songs such as Kirk Franklin’s “Jesus” and Mary Mary’s “Get Up,” to more traditional selections like Tamela Mann’s “The Master Plan,” this compilation contains a range of styles that is likely to resonate with most listeners.
One highlight of the album is Vickie Winans’ popular arrangement of “How I Got Over.” Winans has effectively managed to rejuvenate a traditional hit that has been recorded by many great artists, including Mahalia Jackson and Aretha Franklin.
Jonathan Nelson’s “Expect the Great” is also a noteworthy up-tempo selection that is both energetic and uplifting. The tracks of the album flow seamlessly from one to the next like a well-organized radio program, creating a continuous listening experience. The accompanying DVD features several videos of songs that were not featured on the album, as well as some insightful “behind the music” interviews with a few of the contributing artists. With these great features and musical selections, Gotta Have Gospel 8 is sure to be an excellent addition to any music collection.
Reviewed by Raynetta Wiggins
Review Genre(s): Gospel Music and Spirituals