Title: Love Never Fails
Artist: Micah Stampley
Label: Motown Gospel
Formats: CD, MP3
Release date: November 11, 2013
One of gospel music’s most notable tenors, Micah Stampley returns with the release of sixth project Love Never Fails. Stampley is known for consistently performing worship music that emotionally captures the spirit of what it means to be a believer. Love includes newly composed music and some impressive covers that explicitly tackle the subject of God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness for those who follow Him.
Stampley, with his wife Heidi, lent their pens to the opening piece “We Will Praise You.” With an easily memorable chorus (that sounds influenced by Irish tunes), this song features heavy hitting instrumental interludes and an energetic call and response vamp that invites everyone to join the praise session. The Stampleys also composed the title track, “Love Never Fails,” which features the voice of gospel veteran singer Sheri Jones-Moffett. This worship song begins contemplatively with prominent strings and piano accompaniment and builds to a bold declaration of the uniquely healing love of Jesus by adding drums, guitar and a powerful ensemble of background vocals. Stampley also passionately tackles a cover of Chris Tomlin’s “Our God,” making it his own by introducing contemporary gospel harmonies as well as using his dynamic vocal range and his experience as a worship leader to skillfully encourage listeners to become enraptured in the worship experience. Lastly, one of the most moving performances on Love is Stampley’s cover of Chris Rice’s ballad, “(Untitled Hymn) Come to Jesus.” In this song, he expresses a range of emotions through whispered phrases and soaring notes as he poetically recounts the joy of knowing that God is always present in the midst of life’s difficulties. In this way, “Untitled Hymn” captures the tenor of Stampley’s intended message, “He loves you so much. Don’t run away from him. Don’t be embarrassed about what you’ve done in your life. His love will never fail.”
Reviewed by Raynetta Wiggins