Album: Greater Mount Calvary “LIVE” As Told By The Music Ministry
Reviewer: Robert Hasan James
Label: Calvary Records, LLC
It has been a long time coming but the time is now. Coming from our nation’s capital is the Greater Mount Calvary Recording Choir led by Bishop Alfred and Co-Pastor Susie Owens. This offering is a breath of fresh air and surprisingly one of the better choir CD’s that has been released over the past year. GMC starts the CD off nicely with a mid tempo song entitled “He’s Worthy” and quickly picks up speed on the Walter Hawkins & Love Center Choir/ Institutional Radio Choir inspired, “The Battle Belongs to God”, which is a hand clapping, foot stomping track that will have you giving God praise at the drop of a hat. “Daily I Shall Worship Thee” will take the listener straight into worship mode while “War Cry” (made famous by Bishop Owens best friend, the late Bishop Kenneth Moales) takes you straight into orbit! “God is Worthy to be Praised” led by the one and only Bishop Alfred Owens, “He Could Have Drown”,”Create in Me A Clean Heart” and the radio friendly “Jesus is Worthy”, round off this CD perfectly.
As of late any music I receive that has over 11 songs raises a red flag because artists tend to give too much and the message becomes redundant after awhile. However, I must say that even with a 17 song set (inclusive of intro, reprises & praise breaks), Greater Mount Calvary’s debut will keep you in praise and worship mode throughout the entire CD. With the an influx of over produced, auto tuned gospel music that some of our gospel artists offer, it is refreshing to hear an album full of pure, well produced choir music. Steven Ford (TD Jakes, Tye Tribbett, Fred Hammond) did an incredible job producing this project distributed through Calvary Records. This CD is a must have in your collection.