Randall Fears: "I
believe that God has called us to minister to people of all ages and all nationalities
and to bridge the gaps between Gospel and Christian music as well as Traditional
and Contemporary music."
has also blessed me to write songs that are appropriate for diverse worship settings
and are easy for choirs or praise teams to learn and sing."
Favorite Bible Verses:
Matthew 21:22…"And all
things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive"
Psalms 1: 1-6..."Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the
wicked or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers, But his
delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in season, and
whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.....For the Lord watches
over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish."
Fears explains, "As a teenager my mom became ill and Lahoma Watson, my best
friend's mother, became a "second mom" to me. She had six sons of her own and
just made me number seven! She constantly told me to pray, stay faithful to God
and He would bless me. When I left for college she told me to read Psalms 1 everyday."
OF ALL THE PRAISE CD
Randall Fears and Blessed
Through Christ Choral / Instrumental Group
delightful collection of songs found on Randall Fears' new debut CD, ALL THE PRAISE
can be described as Gospel Praise and Worship music full of the Spirit to bring
joy and peace to one's soul; the sure way to get your day off on the right foot,
or to cure the doldrums / ease the burdens of this world. Nothing like praising
and giving thanks, showing gratitude to the Lord for what He has done in our lives
and being reminded of the Lord's blessings and promising hope we have in our loving,
faithful friend, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ to lift the spirits and encourage
a closer walk with Him.
Fears brings all what he has learned and experienced in his musical training /
experiences, in his own spiritual development, and his love for the Lord to create
a variety of Praise and Worship songs which appeal not only to Gospel music lovers
and churches who use Gospel music in their services, but also to those who love
traditional and contemporary Christian music, broadening the appeal for this CD.
For most of these songs would be well received in most types of services as Fears
has successfully accomplished what he has stated in his mission statement above,
leading the inspiring Blessed Through Christ Choir and talented band: "To
minister to people of all ages and all nationalities and to bridge the gaps between
Gospel and Christian music as well as traditional and contemporary music."
Randall Fears has the musical skill and experience
to creatively compose Gospel music, using both traditional / contemporary Gospel
and contemporary music in the such a way which is quite refreshing and inspiring.
The compositions offer a variety of solid instrumental support, using basic band
instruments found in most church music bands, including inspiring piano and organ
parts, heard on Sunday morning / Saturday evening worship services.
whose compositions showcase this creative blend of genres include ONLY JESUS CAN
SAVE YOUR SOUL * TODAY * STAND UP
lovely to energizing melodies, solid vocal choral harmonies and inspiring vocal
solos suited for most church choirs, who use everyday people with a variety of
musical talents, though the talents found in the performances of these songs by
the soloists and The Blessed Through Christ Choir are excellent to professional
quality, which is why the songs on this CD have found wider and wider audiences,
appealing to many people who enjoy inspiring, joyful Christian music.
the Worship category, some standout anthems and moving prayer hymns which have
special, unique qualities which are most enjoyable, include WORTHY OF ALL PRAISE
* LIVE IN ME * TODAY * LORD WE THANK YOU * HEAR MY CRY
The great musical talents of the band are also very much evident as well. Musicians
who not only play the notes but feel and express part of themselves in their music
as well give inspiring performances both as a unit and as a voice in the overall
sound of the musical composition.
A great example
of this is the very electrifying Praise / Anthem song, HAVE FAITH -
WOW! This song showcases not only the vocal talent of the soloist and choir involved,
but the strong musical accompaniment. The musicians in the band really provide
the drive, joy, and umph of the musical support, with not only melody support but
with some impressive counter-melody jams which really add to the musical enjoyment,
upping the excitement, expression of joy. They are obviously very experienced
musicians, full of the Spirit!
Randall Fears also excels as a lyricist, being able to fully express the
various themes of the songs so well in lyrical form, yet understanding the need
to keep the words simple enough, especially in the Praise and Worship songs used
for congregational worship, so that people can catch on easily and participate
in group worship experience.
The title Praise
and Worship song, ALL THE PRAISE is a great example of this; it has a simple yet
very effective message perfectly matched with a glorious, memorable melody, and
choral arrangement which has made it extremely popular among churches.
Fears presents his music to the listener through Blessed Through Christ Choir...
Randall Fears has gotten together a vocally
inspiring choir of talented vocalists and excellent soloists, to form Blessed
Through Christ Choir, who are full of the joy of the spirit, with excellent
diction to bring his songs roaringly to life on this ALL THE PRAISE CD. Being
full of the Spirit, everyone involved musically on these songs express heartfelt
love of the Lord and faith in Jesus in the most meaningful ways, which flows through
this collection of songs.
It is no wonder
that the songs on this CD are so uplifting and comforting, offering an inspiring
listening experience, making this CD a strong favorite to pop in the player or
computer for personal spiritual enrichment; or to inspire church choir directors
/ Praise teams to attend Randall Fears Music Workshops to be exposed to new music;
or to encourage choirs and directors, learning from a very talented, Spirit inspired
Minister of Music, Randall Fears.
of songs also showcases the God-given, developed musical / lyrical / leadership
gifts of Randall Fears, an up and coming talent whose abilities are hard at work
in a music ministry full time for the Lord Jesus.
highly recommend this CD for either your private Christian music collection or
for church music program. You will be blessed as this reviewer was by exploring
the songs, feeling the Spirit, and being greatly encouraged!!!
ABOUT RANDALL FEARS
* Randall Fears is a Minister
of Music / Accomplished pianist / Published Composer / Choral Director / Inspirational
teacher who gives workshops to help other churches develop their choirs' music
* He is also an up and coming Christian
Music Artist, composer and director of Blessed Through Christ Choir, with whom
he finds himself going on tours because people are being blessed, touched and
inspired by his music and want to hear live performances. Some of his songs have
been noticed by the Gospel community and have made it onto Gospel radio song charts.
* Besides his own website, www.allthepraise.com,
online record stores, like CD Baby, Amazon, .Ntimemusic.com/ and Napster music
service have been selling his music as well.
Fears & some members of his Blessed Through Christ Choir in Nashville on a
Randall Fears shared generously with
ChristianMusic.com about himself, his own faith journey, his personal testimony,
and about his music through an e-mail interview.
Influences as an Adult:
Smallwood first. I think I have bought everything he ever put out. GMWA and GMWA
Women of Worship. These series of albums and CDs exposed me to so many different
writing styles. I was buying the music for years before I actually ever went to
* "More recently…I
am a Kurt Carr fan! His music does what I hope mine will do. Kurt writes music
that churches throughout America are singing on Sunday in church. It is good to
listen to in your car but it also useful for service on Sunday."
* "I love good preaching
and the Word of God! So I watch many different ministers on television."
"I carry my favorite book, "An Enemy Called Average" by John Mason around
in my briefcase-I have for years! That is why I love it so!"
"In recent years I have grown through reading Bruce Wilkerson (Prayer of
Jabez, Secrets of The Vine) and Rick Warren (The Purpose Driven Life)."
"Most of my songs are based
on what I have learned, what I was going through or how I feel."
is always fascinating to know how a Christian music artist developed as a Christian,
as a musician, and what in his or her life influenced their faith walk with the
The Lord began to prepare Randall for
his music ministry from the very beginning, starting with his faith, character
development, and musical talents. For, Randall Fears was born and raised in Kansas
City, Kansas, in a two parent Christian home, which strongly encouraged young
Randall to grow spiritually and musically, giving him many opportunities to develop
his faith and his musical gifts; talents which the Lord had plans for, to promote
Randall shares about his first
mentors, "My parents; I owe Russell and Lula Fears so much. As a kid we had
times of plenty and then some lean times as well. My folks sacrificed for me so
I could play sports and take piano. They stressed excellence, integrity, and faith."
Randall Fears reflects and shares with ChristianMusic.com, about his early musical
training. "I studied piano privately from the late Edna Lashbrook from age
6 to 16 when she became too ill to teach. My mom was the daily practice warden!
I learned mostly classical music-Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin. My dad, Russell Fears,
had a dream that I would eventually play for his group. Dad has a great tenor
voice and a Traditional Gospel group -The Russell Fears Singers. He has been singing
in churches throughout Kansas City since he got here in 1959. Lessons were not
Randall continues, "God
gave me a strong Gospel heritage through my dad, his group, and my first church
home. Besides leading and singing in his traditional Gospel group, The
Russell Fears Singers."
was also a choir director at a large Baptist church, during Randall's childhood
and youth, meaning that Randall was really exposed to and experienced Gospel music
from several viewpoints, through "watching, listening, and performing as well."
fact, it is safe to say that young Randall was immersed during his formative years
in music from both his dad's Gospel group and the church music experience, which
also fed his spirit and drew Randall near to the Lord at a young age.
recalls, "I was ALWAYS at church! Two or three services on Sunday, going
around and out of town with my dad’s group and rehearsals! I was exposed to Gospel
music—Roberta Martin, James Cleveland, and Andrea Crouch. I was saved at age 10
and started playing in my church by age 12. Dad also made me sit by the organ
and piano and “watch and listen” to our musicians. This is how I started developing
“an ear”. By 16 I had moved from under Dad’s wings and went to another church
to become their musician."
This deep involvement
with music on many levels was a blessing to Randall, not only because he learned
so much about music, performing, and leading, but also it kept him firmly on the
road which led to a much closer bond with the Lord.
Randall reflects, "God allowed music to be the anchor that kept me in church
until I developed a personal relationship with Him. I believe that testimony shines
forth through the music I write."
high school, Randall went onto the University of Kansas, a time where he continued
to enrich his musical experiences. He earned his degree in Business
Administration, as he planned to make his living working in the business world.
comments, "I played for the Gospel choir at the University of Kansas (KU).
My college choir had two other musicians-a jazz major and a COGIC PK. I started
learning from them to become less "traditional". My style has become an "eclectic
mix" of classical, Baptist, and jazz!"
of the college music experiences, young Randall also exercised his musical gifts
for a local Baptist Church, which turned into a real opportunity to grow into
a musical ministry for the Lord.
"I have been on staff at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas
for the past 24 years! I started as a freshman in college as a pianist and became
Minister of Music in 1987."
from college, Randall worked in the insurance field while being involved in the
music at Mount Zion Baptist Church, as a side occupation; thus making music ministry
a sideline, which wasn't exactly the Lord's plan for Randall. But not to worry,
the Lord was patient and willing to guide Randall down the right path, step by
step, continuing to build Randall's gifts, skills, and his confidence in his own
musical efforts and leadership abilities.
Mount Zion Baptist Church, Randall met his 2nd most important mentor, which influenced
him greatly. Randall shares about the Paster Rev. C.L. Bachus.
pastor, Rev. C.L. Bachus; his common sense approach to leadership has made me
a good Minister of Music. He also has allowed my church to send me to national
workshops and bring in great talent to work with our music department and myself. God has blessed me to work with James Bignon, Kathy
Taylor Brown, Gospel Music Workshop of America Mass Choir, and the Midwest Conference
of Christian Artists. I did not start going to conventions and workshops like
GMWA until 1998-I was blown away! I started going every year after that!"
However, the Lord still needed to tweak Randall's faith and dependence on the
Lord Himself, in order to use Randall in the music ministry the Lord had in mind
for him. Nothing presents the opportunity to develop a stronger faith and dependence
on the Lord than adversity!
Big bumps of trouble
soon presented themselves on Randall Fear's road of life, and Randall had the
opportunity to grow even more in his faith and change his thinking and his priorities.
Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works
for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
Fears shares this Personal Testimony with ChristianMusic.com:
"Our vision of what our life is to be is totally different than God's vision."
has been preparing for this season of my life since I was a child. I have been
blessed to be successful. I was valedictorian of my high school class, a pretty
good basketball player, and cross-country runner. I went to college on a full academic
scholarship. I've had good jobs, good moonlighting gigs, and a wonderful tenure
as a Minister of Music. I had a wife, two daughters, home, good church home, security,
Randall states the
problem / the disconnect which existed between what the Lord wanted him to do,
and what he decided his life should be like.
continues, "I did not realize or honor what God had given me musically. I
had been writing music since high school. I had stacks of songs-but because I
wanted to be a corporate executive and just do music "on the side" it never came
forth. I became self employed in 1992 and have done well as an insurance agent
and financial advisor. Things were going well-music was a part of my life but
it was not what it should've been."
like Job, the tables started turning in my life. I went through a separation, divorce,
stock market decline, and financial difficulties. I
never thought I would go through a divorce…better yet what would people think
of me…how would it impact my business, my church, and my life?"
"It was at this point in my life that I really became TOTALLY dependent on
God. Saying that you depend on Him is one thing but once you are prostrate on
the floor beseeching Him you know you are FOR REAL! Through my trials I became
SOLD OUT. It didn't matter about Randy anymore; it was about doing God's will.
I stopped worrying whether or not my voice and music was good enough to compete…I
just wanted to do God's will. It didn't matter that I didn't have a record deal,
radio promotion, distribution, or marketing…I knew I just had to do God's will."
"Even today I don't know how he's going
to work it out but I just believe (like the Hebrews boys going into the fiery
furnace in Daniel 3:19) that He is able! That's my motivation to go on in spite
of present circumstances. He knows what the end of the story is-I just have to
walk on in faith. I now have faith I wished I had all my life!"
if a divorce / financial woes weren't traumatic enough, another big pot hole appeared
unexpectedly. Yikes. When it rains, it sometimes pours. Randall
recalls what happened next.
ex-wife and I settled our assets a tornado ripped through Kansas City and destroyed
the home that we still owned together. As we set aside our differences and dug
through the rubble I realized how fast things can change and how it is only by
the grace of God that we are kept day by day. I looked at pieces of walls, furniture,
and clothing scattered for miles."
was a turning point and a renaissance in my life. I prayed and asked God as in
Hebrews 1 what was His will for my life. He told me to be a good father despite
the circumstances. By December 2003 he told me to go forth with my music. It became
like a burning passion that I had never had before. I believe that faithfulness
to God's mandate has ushered in the season that myself and Blessed Through Christ
are now experiencing. Remember only what you do for Christ will last…"
his music ministry became front and center. In addition to being the Minister
of Music, Randall stepped out in faith in his new musical ministry / business
venture and began to travel around to other churches, sharing his talents and
experience with church choirs and music departments providing workshops to motivate
and build their music ministries.
explains, " I conduct Music Ministry Workshops to motivate choirs, teach
new music, and to offer a 'musical revival.'"
a tool to illustrate the points made in these Music Ministry Workshops and to
display his own compositions to inspire others, sell some songbooks and display
his song writing skills to other artists, Randall Fears made his first CD, ALL
THE PRAISE. Interestingly this was the starting point for Randall Fears and his
Blessed Through Christ Choir as a Christian music group, which has turned out
to be yet another surprising development in this music ministry for the Lord,
a ministry which now uses all his gifts, skills, and talents he has developed over
It is amazing how the Lord can
use our experiences to enhance our ministries. Randall Fears shares how his 14
year work experience in the business field also developed his ability to work
with people, giving him important skills which he uses now in these Music Ministry
Workshops, in creating his CD, and in now being a Christian Music artist/ leader
of his Blessed Through Christ Choir /and working composer; using these skills
to promote what the Lord has given him and developing not only this full time
music ministry for the glory of Jesus, but also as a way to make a living.
reflects, "I think my degree in Business Administration and six years of
corporate management experience has allowed me to effectively mix Christian values
with leadership skills. My fourteen years of sales experience as an insurance
agent and financial advisor has taught me how to listen to people and offer solutions.
Most of all I am humble and grateful to God that He has given me talents to use
for His glory."
"My constant prayer
is that He keep me grounded and He will be glorified through my efforts."
RANDALL FEARS' CHOIR: BLESSED THROUGH CHRIST
Fears shares with ChristianMusic.com about how he found himself on this particular
road, leading to this new, unexpected development in his music ministry and the
founding of the Blessed Through Christ Choir. Randall had a plan for this CD,
ALL THE PRAISE, but the Lord had other plans more far reaching than Randall had
Randall explains, "This
CD was initially supposed to be a studio project that was a platform to get my
music out to churches. I also wanted to use it to promote my Music Ministry Workshops
and to submit to other artists to display my songwriting skills. I
had no desire to have an ongoing group, aspire to hit the gospel charts and radio
or tour. But again-God had a different plan."
Randall Fears continues, giving a description
of his talented choral group.
have an anointed group of people that has become a family. Most were people that
I had run across through community concerts, a wedding, or right in my own church. The age range of early 20's to 40's is diverse. The
singing abilities and number of soloists give us great flexibility. Most of all
they love God and have been willing to follow the vision that God has given me.
I lead-but I am very respectful of each member's family, job, and home church responsibilities.
Everyone has limitations at times-especially me. We just find a way to work things
ChristianMusic.com: Anyone else
you would like to mention who was important in making this CD?
* "I must say Thanks and
God bless you' to Isaac Moreno. I was so green yet meticulous going into the studio.
God put Isaac and myself together. He was patient and caught the vision that I
wanted more than just a CD to say we had a project out."
* "I'd also like to thank Don Miller of Airborne Audio Productions for mastering
* "And certainly thanks
to the group who I encouraged creative input throughout the process. I wanted
everyone to take ownership in the project."
ChristianMusic.com: How would you describe your music?
Fears replies, "It's right 'in the middle' between Traditional and Contemporary/Urban
Gospel Music. We have a few songs that people dub "Praise & Worship". I love the
fact that some teenagers like the CD as much as some seniors. I also like the
fact that people from all ethnic backgrounds enjoy the CD. We just sing, have
fun, and praise God! I think the music is fresh and we don't really try to emulate
"I love all kinds of music.
For some 20 years I moonlighted as a pianist at a local country club. My job was
simple-to play background music in the formal dining room on the weekend. Requests
required me to start learning all kinds of music that I was never exposed to-standards,
ballads, jazz, show tunes, and more. I developed quite a repertoire! Playing for
weddings since age 14 I had to learn all the latest wedding ballads. So ultimately
I don't know whom I "sound like" or "emulate" when I write. I think the experiences
of life just emanate through the music and God gives me the words."
ChristianMusic.com: How were you led by
the Lord to use your musical gifts to write and sing songs? -
I must admit that songwriting is sporadic for me. Of course our life experiences
are the greatest motivation for songs. But more importantly, I think when God
is speaking you have to act right then-if you are driving, pull over. I often
wake up in the middle of the night and start penning words or playing. I carry
around my mini disc and sing into it…if you don't you probably won't remember
things exactly the same later…"be ye also ready"…
How do you compose? From a keyboard? Guitar? Do the lyrics come first or the melody?
Randall explains,"I usually compose
with lyrics first then I sit down and develop the accompaniment. Most of the time
I get one phrase or one theme and go from there. I cannot tell you how many songs
started on a napkin or a piece of paper while driving in my car. I also frequently
come up with songs when I run in the morning. It is a time of meditation, tranquility,
and thanksgiving for me."
asked Randall Fears to comment on the Spiritual content of this collection of
songs and if he has a favorite song, to share why it is so special.
Spiritual Content of songs--"I always say there is no mistake about what
type of music I write. All of songs have God, Jesus, Lord or Christ in them. I
don't want to confuse the message. Most of my single sheet music references a
scripture. My second printing of the Songbook (music book with sheet music to
all the songs on the CD) will also reference a scripture for every song. Most
of my songs are based on what I have learned, what I was going through, or how
Randall shares the history and
what is special about the Title Song: ALL THE PRAISE. In 2005, the song ALL THE
PRAISE made it onto Gospel USA Magazine's top 30 Independent Gospel Songs, rising
"All The Praise", the title
cut of the CD has taken off as a Praise & Worship favorite in many churches. This
is an answer to a prayer that I have prayed for many years. I asked God to allow
me to write a song that would be a standard and a blessing to the entire body
of Christ. I told Him it would be a confirmation that my writing would not have
been in vain. All the Praise was so simple, I acted embarrassed when I let a few
members of the group hear it. But when I saw their reaction I knew God had provided
the anointing! It's so simple ANYBODY can learn it and sing it!"
of this song: "I passed a securities exam that I really hadn't studied
enough for. I sweated through a three-hour exam and thought I had failed. I just
knew I was going to have to reschedule, pay again, and take the same test over
again! When the proctor told me I passed I walked outside in that brisk air, looked
up towards heaven, and just started singing…'All the praise, all the praise, I
give to you, all the praise! For everything you've done, all the Vic 'tries won
I give to you all the praise'. I knew I didn't deserve to pass but it was God's
favor. I know I didn't deserve any credit but it ALL belonged to God!"
TRUTHS AND THEMES IN SONGS
and thanksgiving to the Lord - ALL THE PRAISE * WORTHY OF ALL PRAISE * LORD
WE THANK YOU * I JUST LOVE YOU * STAND UP!
of believing in Jesus - JOY IN JESUS CHRIST *
HAVE FAITH * LIVE IN ME
Jesus is our Lord
and Savior: ONLY JESUS CAN SAVE YOUR SOUL * TODAY
Belonging to Jesus - LIVE IN ME * HAVE FAITH * STAND UP! * HEAR MY CRY
of ALL THE PRAISE CD Songs: Individual Commentary and Review
* * + JOY IN JESUS CHRIST - Words and Music by Randall Fears, 2003.
Vocals: Ruby Kirkwood
CD gets off to a great
start with this upbeat, victorious, contemporary praise Gospel anthem, with an
easy beat giving thanks for the inner joy that Jesus gives us. A solid composition,
with nice building dynamics, making good use of piano, horns, bass with organ
embellishments / light support, providing a strong musical support for the main
melody. Lead vocals by Ruby are excellent, on key and give evidence to this vocalist's
great breath control. Backup choral vocals are enthusiastic, with a solid harmonic
sound which works so well with the lead vocals.
References: (Heb. 1:9, Col.1:10-11, Romans 15:13, 1 Cor. 2:4, Phil 4:6-8, Gal 5:21-22)
Yes - I found it / Yes - I found it / I found joy that floods my soul / Yes -
I've got it / Thank God - I've got it / I've got joy / In Jesus Christ our Lord!
Bridge: Jesus turned my life around
( Jesus turned my life around) / Broke that fallow ground (Broke that fallow ground)
/ Freed my soul from sin / thank God He gave me peace within.//
you know that Jesus / Filled my heart with love / Wrote my name above / Now I
am set free / Through His love I have the victory (the victory) / I've got joy
/ In Jesus Christ our Lord!
VAMP: Joy that
makes me happy (Joy that makes me happy) / Joy that make me shout (and it makes
me shout all the time) / I have the joy of the Lord! / Joy / Joy / I have the
joy of the Lord!//
I've got joy in Jesus Christ
/ I'm so glad God changed my life / I've got joy in Jesus Christ / I'm so glad
God changed my life / I've got joy in Jesus Christ our Lord!
* * + + WORTHY OF ALL PRAISE - Words and Music by Randall Fears, 2000.
Favorite of this reviewer. Composed in a moving 3/4 meter, this blend of traditional
/ with elements of contemporary Gospel creates a stirring, dynamic anthem, complete
with lovely full harmonies, strong heartfelt lead vocals full of joy and praise
- Great to uplift the soul to start your day or de-stress after a long day.
feel is established immediately by piano & underlying support of organ, which
establishes the energetic drive and feel of joy heard in this composition. Nice
chromatic scale intros, throughout & right before vocals enter. Love the piano
work during solo vocals. Another solid composition which makes good use of other
instrument voices, which include the organ, sax, bass. VAMP and ending are most
enjoyable. Listener will be singing along at this point!
Vocals: Nicole Skinner - another talented soloist with great tone and breath control,
who sings with a joy and love of the Lord.
References: (Rev. 4:11 & 5:12, Psalm 110:1, Hebrews 2:7-8)
is worthy / Jesus is worthy / He is worthy of all praise / Let us lift our hands
/ Together in praise / to our Savior / Lord and King! //
Yes He is! / I know that He is / Worthy of all praise! / Yes He is! / I know that
He is / Worthy of all praise!//
the name of Jesus our King / Majestic on His throne.
Glo--ry Ho--sanna./// Alto: Glory and Honor Hallelujah Hosanna.
Glory --Honor--Hosanna.// Base: Worthy of all praise!
of all praise! / Worthy of all praise! / Worthy / Worthy of all praise! / Worthy
of all praise! /
* * * + + HAVE FAITH - Words
and Music by Randall Fears , 2004.
of this reviewer!!! The talents of all involved really bloom and inspire in this
song!! A full-throttle roof raising, Gospel faith testimony anthem in a ballad
form which encourages the listener with the Lord's promises one can hang onto
during times of trial and stress, guaranteed to get the listener dancing around
the room in joy and thanksgiving! Great, catchy melody and counter melodies throughout
to go with the spirit of the song.
song really cooks mightily along in a quick 2 beat, swing feel. Driving piano,
organ, hot guitar, with horns, and a moving bass and drums offer a sizzling, tight
musical support. They have no trouble at all slipping in fast syncopation, quick
jazz rhythms. Inspiring guitar work adds a nice inner voice to the joyous musical
Things really explode musically in a joyful
way during the VAMP, with some pretty hot piano and organ playing, the perfect
support for the joyous solo vocals and full harmonies coming from an equally enthusiastic
choir!! Great buildup of dynamics. Very nice key segues and modulations.
uses both traditional and modern harmonic choral sound. Full
harmonies in choral sound right in the beginning of the song, are joyous, enthusiastic,
and lift the spirits.
Elder Michael Randle
was most impressive as he leads / sings / and preaches a little in a musical way.
Hits some pretty impressive high notes.
Vocals: Elder Michael Randle
Scriptural References: (Matt.17:20,
Psalm 54:4, & 56:34, Prov.3:56, 1 Cor.1:8-9
& 15:58, 2nd Cor. 5:7)
Have faith in Jesus - Believe and you shall receive / Have faith in Jesus - Believe
and you shall receive./
Verse 1: A long time
ago (Time ago) / I heard my mama say (Ooh, ooh, ooh,) / Trust in the Lord ( Yes)
/ And He will make a way / He will make a way / Didn't understand ( No) How this
all could be / How mama had a God...that she could not see! //
2: Well times got rough (Rough) / Couldn't see my way (Ooh, ooh, ooh,) / I thought
about my mama / And what she used to say (Mama used to say) / Got down my knees
(Yes) And every since that day / Mama's God is my God... Now I have the faith!
Bridge: Just like Job / Who
lost all that he had / But still he kept the faith / Just like Daniel / In the
lion's den / Still he kept the faith.//
If you (Have the faith) / The Lord will (Make a way!) / (Just believe) / And you
shall receive / May not (Be today) / But just (Keep the faith) / In (His own time)
/ He will (Make a way!)
When you've (Given
up!) / Can't (Find your way!) / When you (Least expect Him) / He will (Make a
way!) Don't ( Doubt the Lord) / His (Word is true) / What's He's (Done for others!)
/ He will (Do for you).
Hook: I know what I'm
singing / I mean what I say / And I know that the Lord will make a way (Make a
way) / He will (Make a way) 4x/ Have faith in Jesus--Believe and you shall / Believe
and you shall / Believe and you shall receive / He will (Make a way) / repeat
* * * + + ALL THE PRAISE - Words
and Music by Randall Fears.
Favorite song of
this reviewer. Perfectly glorious worship / prayer hymn, beautifully composed
musically, both in the composition and choral parts, which touches the soul, encourages
worship, and praise of the Lord. It is no wonder this song is so popular in church
services. Begins softly on a poignant note, as background music, for Rev. Bruce
Walker's opening narration. Composition builds in dynamics, building through the
VAMP. Stirring, memorable melody supported beautifully by strings, string ensemble,
key sythns, with nice sax work, all played with a feeling for worship, throughout
the song. Narration by Rev. Bruce Walker, is nicely interspersed in-between choral
singing of main refrain. Various harmonic parts sung beautifully in a spirit of
worship, growing in dynamics and intensity.
composition and vocal arrangements of the choir so skillfully put together fully
bloom in the VAMP, becoming the punctuation point of this highly effective worship
hymn. Natasha Douglas and Elder Michael Randle also jump in with the lead vocals
during the VAMP as well. This composition quiets down very nicely at the end.
An inspiring song which chokes up this reviewer every time!
Vocals: Natasha Douglas, Elder Michael Randle. // Narration: Rev. Bruce Walker.
References: (1 Thes. 5:17-18, Ephes.5:19-20, Psalm 34:1 & 71:6)
Lord we give you all the praise, we give you all the glory. Not just for what
you done, but because of who you are. You've been better to us than we can ever
be to ourselves. We just lift our hands in adoration to you. All our victories
won, and all the things you done. We just give you the praise. Someone ought to
help me sing... Hallelujah, Thank you dear God...
the Praise, All the praise / I give to You / All the praise / For everything You've
done / All the vic'tries won / I give to You / All the praise./
Vamp: I give You / I give You.// Alto Vamp: I give You glory / I give You praise
/ I give You glory / I give You praise.//
Vamp: I give to You. 4x
All the praise (repeat).
ALL THE PRAISE (Reprise)
Vocals: Elder Michael Randle.
Lyrics: For everything You've done / All the victories won / All
the souls You've saved / All the lives You've changed / For every mended heart
/ Every brand new start / I give to You.
the praise (repeat).
* * * + + LIVE IN ME -
Words and Music by Catina Graham, Musical Arrangement by Randall Fears 2004.
favorite of this reviewer. Another lovely prayer hymn written in a minor key,
with memorable melody which stays with the listener. This simple, yet poignant
song inspires contemplation and prayer. Catina Graham shows her talents both in
song writing and singing from the heart, with her lovely voice. Perfect musical
arrangement by Randall, who uses the piano as the main musical accompaniment,
with some strings added in to fill out sound a bit in the refrain. Nice quiet
sound of a rain storm during verse section of song, is mixed nicely in with the
Lead Vocals: Catina Graham.
References: (2nd Cor. 4:6-7, Is. 68:8, 1 Cor. 3:16 & 6:19 & 19:18, John
there were no heaven, Lord / Where would You be? / If there were no heaven, Lord
/ You could live in me.
Refrain:Live in me
Lord / Walk in me / Breathe in me Lord / Live in me.
there were no heaven, Lord.
* * * + LORD WE
THANK YOU - Words and Music by Randall Fears 2003.
praise Gospel anthem, composed in 3/4 meter giving the song an energetic waltz
feeling, carried so nicely by well-composed piano and organ, offering an inspiring
accompaniment which fully supports the choir and solo vocalists. Song is a nice
blend of traditional with some elements of contemporary Gospel.
the full choir harmonies so nicely heard. Soloists Nicole Skinner and Rev. John
Porter have strong, lovely singing voices which also add to the listening experience.
Vocals: Nicole Skinner, Rev. John Porter.
References; (John 3:16-18, 2nd Cor.5:17, Romans 5:8, Heb. 6:19-20, 1 John 3:1)
Full Choir: Lord, we thank You / For this day / For the special way / That You
fill our hearts anew / Lord we thank You / For this day / One more chance to say
/ That we really love You.///
Lord, we thank You / For this day / For the special way / That You fill our hearts
anew / Lord we thank You / For this day / One more chance to say / That we really
Rev. John Porter: Lord, we thank
You / For your Son / Chosen as the One / To give His life for me / And since He
gave His life / I have been set free / Now I am a child of God / And I'll live
Now I am a child of God, Now I
am a child of God / And I'll live eternally./
Thank you for the blessings You gave / Thank you for the souls You saved / Thank
you for your Son Jesus Christ / Thank you for eternal life / Lord our Lord, Lord
our Lord, Lord our Lord, we thank You.
our Lord, Lord our Lord, Lord our Lord, We thank You.
* * + + TODAY - Words and Music by Randall Fears.
Favorite of this reviewer. A modern, upbeat contemporary Gospel / Christian music
Altar call song, with a catchy, infectious melody which is a most enjoyable musical
vehicle for this rather serious message. Begins with a peppy piano / keyboard
introduction, establishing easy 4 beat feel, which segues into a samba-like /
Latin flavored rhythm in the verse 1-3, and a horn / maracas joins the musical
stew. Composition then segues back into the regular easy 4 beat during Chorus.
harmonies in first verse as usual offer great full sound to state the main truth
of the song, though a pairing of Sop. / Tenors for Chorus and Sopranos and Altos
for second verse adds refreshing vocal variety! Janisha Douglas has a sweet, effective
voice, and presents the lyrics in their best musical form!
- Composition and vocals bloom, adding a wonderful climax to the song.
Vocals: Janisha Douglas, Randall Fears (Yes! Randall can also sing as well! -
add that to his gifts!)
(John 3:16-18, Luke10:27, Rev. 3:20, Ephes. 3:16-18)
voices: Verse 1: He wants all of your heart / Jesus wants more than a part / Just
give Your life to Him / He'll give you peace within./
/ Altos/ Tenors: Chorus: today / Don't wait for tomorrow / Today / Tomorrow may
be too late / today.
Sop / Altos Verse 2: Don't
let your chance slip by / Change your life / Change your life while you have time
/ You have time / Just try and you will see / How wonderful God's way can be /
Verse 3 - Janisha Douglas Solo:
Jesus came and gave His life / Sacrificed for you and I / Rose again to set us
free / Now we can live eternally / Jesus came and gave His life (gave His life)
/ Sacrificed for you and I (you and I) / Rose again
to set us free / Now we can live eternally / Today./
Janisha Douglas & full choir.
lead / Janisha Douglas sings echo: Bridge: Jesus died on Calvary (died on Calvary)
/ To set the whole world free (whole world free) / Eternal life the choice is
yours / duet: Live with Him forever more.//
Today / Make your choice / Today / Don't delay / Today / Make your choice / Today
/ Don't delay / Today / Why not now? / Today / Choose the Lord / Today!
* * + ONLY JESUS CAN SAVE YOUR SOUL - Words and Music by Randall Fears 2004.
Gospel anthem, an usual altar call song, with nice blend of jazz elements, creating
together a composition which sparkles both musically and vocally. An
interesting vocal arrangement adds variety to the choral sound, led by the Narrator
/ leader Randall Fears, which he does very well! Natasha Douglas smooth vocals
are delightful. Enjoyed another colorful VAMP which has an intricate balance between
the Narrator / leader, the lead vocalist and the harmonious choir.
Vocals: Natasha Douglas, Randall Fears.
References: (Ephes.2:1-7, Heb. 4:15 & 7:25, Col 1:16b-21, John 14:6, Romans
It is undeniable! It's unmistakable! It is a fact! It's the Gospel - The only
way to eternal life is through Jesus Christ. Can I get a witness? Sing your song!
Douglas: It doesn't matter who you are / It doesn't matter near or far / It doesn't
matter where you go / It doesn't matter who you know / It doesn't matter what
you do / One thing always stays true./
Jesus, Only Jesus, can save your soul! Only Jesus can save your soul! (N: Sing
Bridge: Don't fool yourself (Don't
fool yourself )/ You'll be left / (Don't put it off) / You'll be lost (You'll
be lost) / Try Him today / Don't delay / Only Jesus can save you soul ( There's
no other way....) /Only Jesus can save you soul ( N: Let's say it again, I'm trying
to make a point up in here!)
(Come on, Sopranos,
sing it for me one time - There's no-o other way).
(Special) Soprano: There's no-o other way / There's just no other
way --HEY! / Only Jesus can save your soul. // Come
on, make it plain to me sing it again!
Alto: To be born again / There's
only one way in -- OH! / Only Jesus can save your soul./
on , Tenors!)
Tenor: I'll repeat myself / Can't nobody else (Can't nobody else)
- NO! / Only Jesus can save your soul (can save your soul).//
on , Everybody!)
ALL in VAMP: I'll repeat myself
/ Can't nobody else - NO! / Only Jesus can save your soul /Only Jesus can save
your soul / Only Jesus / Only Jesus / Only only Jesus / Only Jesus / Only only
Jesus / Only Jesus / Can save your soul / Can save your soul / Can save your soul
(You've been lookin' for another way, but
there is no other way!) Only Jesus / Can save your soul / Can save your soul / Can
save your soul
Hook: (grandma) Only Jesus can
save your soul / Don't you know who we talkin' bout Suga?
* * + I JUST LOVE YOU (Studio Praise) - Words and Music by Randall Fears 2004.
lovely piano based contemporary Gospel worship song, a heartfelt love letter to
Jesus, with a memorable melody and equally impressive full choral harmonies. Nicole
Skinner puts her heart and soul into her vocals, full of the spirit. Moved also
by the fine piano work heard throughout the song. Dynamics were well done.
Vocals: Nicole Skinner.
Scriptural References: (Psalm
24:7-10 & 59:17 & 68:19-20, 35)
of mercy / God of grace / My redeemer, Savior and King / Lord You are everything
/ Everything to me / I just love You / for being God.//
Words can't explain / All You are to me / Words can't express / All You've done
Praise Chorus: I just love You for
* * * + + STAND UP! - Words and
Music by Randall Fears 2004.
A lively audience
participation praise and worship contemporary song, with a healthy dose of Gospel
intermingled to get the Spirit flowing! A great favorite of the young and young
at heart. It would find a home in any contemporary service. Nice lively melody
with a peppy beat, nicely composed using piano, horns, electric guitar, which
provide melody support and counter melodies as well. All together the band provides
perfect musical vehicle for the very straight forward message. Full harmonies,
an energetic, soulful lead vocals by Catina and the choir builds the spirit and
momentum of the song.
The Bridge section offers
a very pretty transition, a change in the melody, as the lyrics give praise to
the Lord, expressing the main point of the song.
- Segues into a funky, hip hop beat, which groves and cooks along, as do the inspired
choir and vocalist Catina Graham!
Scriptural References: (Psalm
92 & 138, Ephesians 5:20)
1: People of God here in this place / C'mon give God some praise / For the wonderful
things that He has done / C'mon give Him praise / If the Lord's been good to you
/ You ought to say Amen / All the people of God stand up! / All the people of
God stand up! /
Chorus: Stand up-- and be
a witness / Stand up--and clap your hands / People of God stand up! / Stand up--and
lift your voices / Stand up--and shout for joy / People of God stand up!
2: If my God saved your soul / C'mon give God some
praise / If the Lord has truly made you whole / C'mon give God some praise / If
you have air to breathe / Use it to say Amen / All the people of God stand up!
/ All the people of God stand up!/
Hallelujah to the King / To Him we stand, clap and sing / You are the true and
living God / We stand in reverence to Your name!
2 : Stand up-- and be a witness / Stand up--and clap your hands / Stand up--and
lift your voices / Stand up--and shout for joy./
People of God / All God's people present / People of God stand up!//
you really love the Lord! Stand up).
up! / Say Amen / Glory to God / Stand up! Say Amen./
he's awesome, My God is worthy....Stand up!!
* * + + HEAR MY CRY - Words and Music by Randall Fears 2004.
Prayer Gospel hymn of confession and petition, with an interesting rhythm pattern
carried by the piano during the verses. A fine song to close this CD. Composition
is piano based, with lovely flute accompaniment. Lead Vocals are very inspiring,
backed up with the wonderful choral backup voices. Great dynamics, which swell
and quiet down in just the right spots.
Vocals: Randall Fears, Ladarron Williams, Nicole Skinner, Rev. Bruce Walker.
References: (Psalm 32:5 & 51, 1 John 1:9, Heb.7:25)
Hear my cry--Lord / I can't go on this way / I need you Lord / Hear my cry.
1: Lord I failed You --Yes I did / Lord I let You down / I'm so unworthy / And
I'm so ashamed.
Verse 2: I feel so far away
/ From Your love / Please forgive me / I'm sorry Lord.
3: Lord, look past my faults / Oh yes--and see my needs / Purge me in Your precious
blood / And wash me --wash me clean.
I'm calling Your name Lord / Please hear my earnest plea / I'm begging--I'm begging--I'm
asking--I'm pleading Lord / On bended knee./
I need You Lord (3x) / I need You everyday / I need You come what may / I need
You Lord / I--I--I need You Lord (2x) / I need You Lord (2x) / Hear my cry (5x).
MY CRY (Reprise) - Words and Music by Randall Fears.
lovely and inspiring, this peaceful, moving prayer chant is great follow-up to
the above song, probably sung during congregational private worship time.
Vocals: Catina Graham.
Chant: Hear my cry O Lord / Wash me clean O Lord / Save my soul O Lord / Make
me whole O Lord.//
Hear my cry (repeat).
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