Artist: The Greater Allen Cathedral
Album: Rev. Floyd Flake Presents: The Worship Experience
Label: RCA Inspiration
Reviewer: Martin Williams
There is nothing like a power- house church choir! Each week congregants go to their local church, not just to hear a timely word, but good singing that encourages their souls and propels them forward.
The Greater Allen Cathedral under the leadership of Rev. Floyd Flake understands the importance of praise and worship, and presents “The Worship Experience”. The Worship Experience is a ten- track collection filled with songs of corporate praise and adoration unto GOD. The choir’s first national release on RCA Records is bound to be one of the most talked about albums of this year. The choir presents the music in an excellent manner as one sound and one voice. While remaining true to their roots, Greater Allen has a global message of authentic praise and worship that needs to be shared with the world. The production on the album is superior as its blends contemporary and traditional sounds together to create an inviting atmosphere for the listener.
“Greater”, which is the lead single, features BET Sunday Best finalist- Michael Pugh. Pugh reminds us just why he was a finalist in the competition, by adding his signature vocals to the mid tempo single. Rev. Darius Thomas effectively delivers the word in song on “Psalms 63”, along with a powerful arrangement. The choir does a special tribute to the late Bishop Walter Hawkins with their rendition of “Jesus Christ is The Way”. Their rendition works well, as it doesn’t take too much away from the original version, but delivers the classic in excellence. “His Strength”, produced by Rick Robinson (Anita Wilson, Isaac Carree, Pastor Charles Jenkins), will certainly get the water works flowing for many with its encouraging message and could potentially be a contender for the next single from the album. The album is very strategic in its approach and delivery. Many church choirs release albums, however the heart of Rev. Floyd Flake and The Greater Allen Cathedral is what is captured most on this CD. Listeners will experience pure praise, heartfelt worship, and more importantly God’s presence.