I have to admit that I'm
not one for the hands raised, foot stomping, vocal shouting gospel
music as only certain tracks really tickle my fancy (as you can
tell I haven't been to church in a while - though I'm really trying
to change that) but when I heard this young lady's latest release
I was truly blown away and was hooked.
Her name is Joye
B Moore and though this is a second set (she had an
EP out in 2000 called Project Butterfly)
this is really a continuation of that (hense the title) and is
really considered to be her first full length.
On your first listen to this
excellent disc you would consider this to be a Jazz/R&B set
with each track layered heavily in each of those respective categories
but on a closer listen (to the lyrics especially) you'll see that
that's what seaperates her from traditional gospel artists.
The opening track 'Break
the Yoke' delivers a strong message of putting your
trust in the man upstairs faith and taking responsibility for
your actions. Next you're treated to 'One
Day' where the story of a young woman's choices come
to question and 'Thank you'
where prayer is strongly recommended. 'Hold
up the light' is a delight as is 'Canvas
of Love', 'Everything must
change', 'Make your Move'
and the title track.
Her breezy jazz influened
baritone is evident in every track you listen to and she will
garner comparisons to the jazz greats like Lena
Horne, Ella Fitzgerald
and Billie Holiday as well
as modern day songstresses Jill Scott.
Erykah Badu and Angie
Stone in that regard but make no mistake she holds
her own here and you will see too once you get to hear her sing.
I employ you to get this
CD from the latest import to hail from Ricmond, VA (home to Missy
and Timberland) as it's definitely
one of this years best in my book - A TY-D
Listen to Joye
B. Moore's 'Choose
Ye this Day'
to Joye B. Moore's
up the Light'