February 2nd, 2011
Artist: Vashawn Mitchell
Label: EMI Gospel
Format: CD, MP3
Release date: August 10th, 2010
Chicago native Vashawn Mitchell has worked in gospel music for over a decade as a music minister, song writer, and recording artist. After moving his music and ministry to Atlanta, Mitchell decided that he wanted to create a project that would truly speak a message from God. His newest album Triumphant explores the different aspects of living a victorious, purposeful life. With most of the songs written and produced by Mitchell, the album presents a range of musical styles but ultimately will inspire and empower listeners while espousing the greatness of God.
One of the highlights of this album is the selection “Nobody Greater,” written by Darius Paulk. It offers a contemplative discussion of the majesty of God through combining thought-provoking lyrics with innovative yet familiar sonic elements. This song lyrically presents the image of an individual who exhausts his or herself in their attempts to find something or someone comparable to God. However, after extensive exploration, the individual (like Solomon in Ecclesiastes) concludes that there is “Nobody Greater.”
Showcasing Mitchell’s Baptist upbringing, “His Blood Still Works” urges listeners to have faith in God in a “down home” traditional gospel style. It features the distinctive and powerful voice of soloist Lisa Page Brooks who skillfully energizes the song. Another noteworthy selection is “Be Fruitful” in which Mitchell encourages listeners by stating that “it’s not only your time but your turn.” Here, Mitchell only uses simple piano accompaniment and the voices of the ensemble to convey a powerful message of hope.
Triumphant is an uplifting and inspiring project that has something for all types of gospel music lovers ranging from traditional to contemporary. While Mitchell has been in the music industry for some time, having worked with figures like Bishop Paul S. Morton and Smokie Norful, the release of this project is indicative that the best is yet to come.
Reviewed by Raynetta Wiggins
Review Genre(s): Gospel Music and Spirituals