Donnie McClurkin - Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs
By Rene Williams
Verity Records/Zomba Gospel
Pastor and famed gospel singer, Donnie McClurkin , has been providing uplifting songs for years now. Known for hits like We Fall Down and Stand , McClurkin returns with his follow up to the award-winning, Again with Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs. Debuting at #1 on Billboard 's Top Gospel chart, the CD was recorded live at The Rock Church in Virginia Beach. Aptly-titled, this two-disc project is a wonderful collection of songs aimed directly at the King of Kings.
Produced by McClurkin and noted producer Kevin Bond, the CD begins with a rousing and infectious tune, Days of Elijah. Like much of the CD, you'll be tempted to sing along. And speaking of singing, McClurkin contributes his tune, I Will Sing. Although quite simple, the song is a pretty anthem beckoning us to lift our voices to the Lord. A song getting a lot of airplay and currently #1 on Billboard 's new Hot Gospel Tracks chart, I Call You Faithful is one of the many highlights on this project. The reprise of the song, Great And Mighty Is Our God, keeps the praise going. Only You Are Holy, also penned by McClurkin and given to him during a church service, sets the atmosphere of worship.
The classic, Agnus Dei, made famous recently by Michael W. Smith on his Worship project, is covered by McClurkin as well. The solemn tune moves the listener further into the presence of God, as does Draw Me Close To You / I Am Thine Oh, Lord ( Draw Me Nearer ). Again borrowing from Smith's project, Draw Me Close can't help but do what the lyrics convey. He also includes a truly beautiful, but short, arrangement of I Am Thine, Oh Lord. Highlighting the power of the blood of Jesus, he also includes The Blood Medley, the first of four medleys on the project. Familiar church songs like At The Cross, Down At The Cross, Are You Washed, Power In The Blood, What Can Wash Away My Sin, and I Know It Was The Blood are followed by a sermon by McClurkin entitled The Blood Sermon. Gospel great Richard Smallwood is a featured guest artist on his song Total Praise. McClurkin does a powerful rendition of the classic.
- Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago's Best of Both Worlds
- Myron Butler's "Worship"
- Amber Bullock's "Thank You"
- Theresa Pinkney - "Me Against the World"
- Martha Munizzi - "Make It Loud"
- Donald Lawrence's "Your Righteous Mind"