Title: This Song is For You
Artist: Earl Bynum
Formats: CD, Digital
Release date: October 5, 2018
Earl Bynum’s third solo album, This Song Is For You, is full of great choir and congregational songs featuring the many different textures of modern gospel music. Different from his previous album Open My Heart (2009), Bynum decided to step back from the live stage and do a full studio recorded album. Bynum says of the sessions, “It was different for me … I’m a live concert type of performer… it helped take me out of the choir backdrop and let me live in a new space.”
Bynum has been a singer and conductor for a variety of choirs since the 1980s. He is perhaps best known for his work with the Stellar Gospel Award winning and Billboard charting Mount Unity Choir in Chesapeake, VA. Bynum has also written for and directed the Virginia Mass Choir, has served as 1st Vice President to the Virginia Gospel Radio Announcers Guild and for the last few years has also served as worship leader for the Annual Hampton University Minister’s Conference. Bynum has recently signed with Tyscot Records.
The project, his first for Tyscot Records, was produced by Bynum himself and co-produced by Gerald Thompson, Kenric Morris and Indiana native George Tyler. The album also features many other Indiana talents such Kendall Wyatt (vocal production), Jeffery Thomas (keyboards), Indiana University alumni Terrance Dennie (organ), James “Little Bit” Gibson (guitar) and Indiana University professor Dr. Tyron Cooper (guitar), who also serves as Director of the Archives of African American Music and Culture.
This Song Is For You certainty brings a “Brighter Day” to gospel music fans looking for new music to add to their playlist and perform with their local church choirs.
Reviewed by Bobby E. Davis Jr