Title: The Promise (Deluxe Edition)
Artist: Dee Daniels
Label: Cellar Music Group
Formats: CD, Digital
Release Date: May 7, 2021
Dee Daniels sounds like many artists wrapped together in one package as she draws from jazz, classical and gospel music with her smooth inspirational voice. A force of spiritual bliss and freedom, Daniels’ vocal style was first molded in her stepfather’s Baptist church choir in Oakland, California. From these gospel roots she has continued her musical growth, becoming fluent in multiple genres and sharing the beautiful sound of her voice around the world. Daniels’ new release, The Promise, combines both the sacred and secular aesthetic of her artistry as she reflects on her current moment in life and battle with breast cancer. Upon learning about her condition in 2014, Daniels’ initial response was to remain calm: “I knew in my heart that I was about to embark on a journey that would lead me to the answer.”
Daniels’ journey is reflected in the album’s 14 inspirational tracks such as “Choose Me,” which is about depending on Jesus in times of trouble, “letting his love and mercy fill your heart from day to day” to resolve your problems. “I Am Forgiven,” featuring a beautiful piano and Hammond organ intro, is about repentance, facing your sins and making peace with God and man to gain true freedom. Similarly, the smooth jazz guitar ballad, “Love Inside,” speaks of the revelation of God’s love, which is the source of inner strength and direction. Another song worth mention is the album’s first single, “Let Freedom Ring: The Ballad of John Lewis,” a tribute to the late civil rights leader and politician.
Daniels brings the vibe and the spirit to her music, creating an encouraging and strengthening moment for all of her listeners, especially those who may also be facing a battle with cancer. She is the true definition of a hero and The Promise is a direct reflection of her fortitude, courage and wisdom.
Reviewed by Bobby E. Davis Jr.