November 3rd, 2014

KevinLeVar

Title: Destiny! Live at the Dream Center and More

Artist: Kevin LeVar and One Sound

Label: One Sound Entertainment

Formats: CD, MP3

Release date: August 12, 2014

 

LeVar’s new album, Destiny! Live at the Dream Center and More, is basically a medley of religious genres featuring “songs of faith, hope and love that span a wide range of musical styles that include praise and worship, contemporary, old school R&B, light rock, big band, blues and country music.” This is verifiable in many tracks of the album like the upbeat and energetic “Trust You,” in the swing rhythm of “Get Out the Boat,” as well as in the bluesy and waltz-like “Jesus Blues.” The song “I Wanna Be Close,” principally accompanied by piano, feels like a call to contemplation with the next track, “Close (Reprise),” serving as a follow-up musical commentary. The contemplative mood of these songs overflows into the next two numbers, “All We Need is a Word” and “Still, Such an Awesome God,” that are basically worship tracks. The number “Spoken Word” is an ecstatic verbal exhortation that leads to the songs “Whatever It Takes,” “Are You Ready?,” “Best Days,” and “Ready Set Go.” These tracks serve as ‘musical incitement’ to the listener to move from worship to engage actively in the service of God that involves doing his will and following his guidance at all cost.

In an interview with Donnie McClurkin Radio Show, LeVar states that the first (and the signature) track of the album, “Your Destiny,” was a product of a divine inspiration—an answer to a prayer for perseverance in his quest of a life of righteousness in line with the Word of God. But it also serves as the generative track from which other already mentioned pieces of the album ensue, as it were setting “the stage for the remaining songs on the CD” in which one finds “a rare combination of worship, anointing and musical genius.” The last track, “Born to Be Great,” serves as a climax to LeVar’s call to persevere, precisely because perseverance necessarily leads to greatness.

Another pivotal masterpiece of Destiny is the cool jazzy track “A Heart That Forgives,” which was released on LeVar’s first album Let’s Come Together:

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This song was performed at the White House in 2011 to launch LeVar’s Forgive and Live campaign “which seeks to inspire millions acts of forgiveness,” and has since become a breakthrough hit.

Reviewed by Jude Orakwe

Review Genre(s): Gospel Music and Spirituals


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