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Patrick Lundy & The Ministers Of Music – In The Fellowship
By Rene Williams
Meridian Music Group
Formed in 1994, the Ministers of Music was created by visionary Patrick Lundy. His God-given vision was to assemble “ministers of music” to sing the praises of God. Lundy, from Washington, D.C. and a graduate from Howard University, has seen much success in the gospel music industry. Currently the Asst. Minister of Music at Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale, Maryland, under the very capable musical headship of gospel pioneer Myrna Summers, Lundy is no stranger to the genre. Since the group’s inception, the choir has sung for such notables as Kirk Franklin, Jennifer Holliday, Donald Lawrence, Vickie Winans, John P. Kee & New Life Community Singers, Donald Malloy, LaShun Pace, Albertina Walker, Wintley Phipps, Betty Griffin Keller, Delores Barrett Campbell & The Barrett Sisters and the late Rev. Donald Vails. Known for their ear-catching vocals, breathtaking songs and musical versatility, Patrick Lundy & The Ministers Of Music (MOM) have been one of gospel’s best kept secrets. With their latest venture from Meridian Music Group, In The Fellowship, it seems the cat has finally been let out of the bag.
Recorded live at National Church of God in Fort Washington, Maryland, the group starts of this praise-worthy collection of music with the bold and dynamic title tune, In The Fellowship. Deftly interweaving an urban groove with unapologetic Christian lyrics, it’s a true head bobber. The choir-driven, Lundy-penned track focuses on the importance of being “in the fellowship”. This is certainly one for the repeat button. In The Fellowship flows into the melodic and harmonic tune, All These Things I Do. Four members of Extol take turns on the lead mic on this one. Musically, the song moves from an adult contemporary vibe and momentarily steps into an operatic stance. The lyrics speak of all the “things we do” because of the love of the Lord.
Sopranos open quite sweetly on the thoughtfully-written tune I Have Surrendered. The song is peppered with a beautiful string arrangement and finds MOM singing with strong conviction on the powerful cut. Showcasing his incredible songwriting talents, Lundy also contributes the song Born To Set Me Free. With a very traditional feel, the song centers around Jesus and the fact that he was born just to set us free. With a hypnotically beautiful melody, it’s certainly one of the strongest one of this collection.
The Ministers of Music also tackle the lively, Rudolph Stanfield -penned song, Far Away. More traditional in nature, it’s a hand-clapper for sure. Another traditional winner is the No Rocks Gonna Cry Out. It’s a high-octane track by gospel trailblazer Edwin Hawkins. Opening with a memorable organ and a slamming closing vamp, Praise His Name is another awesome track. Those in D.C. area will find the track Garment of Praise familiar. Originally recorded by the city’s gospel trio, Remnant, Lundy & The Ministers Of Music give it a new updated twist. Many will like the celebratory track, That’s Who He Is.
Some of prettiest songs in gospel are captured on this collage of music. Strikingly beautiful ballads like You Carried Me (written by Lundy)and Will You Still Love Me (written by Neville Peter) are simply love songs to the Lord. Gracie Thomas lends her smoky vocals to the riveting track, It’s All Over. Let There Be Peace is a relaxing tune highlighting the importance of unity and harmony. The mellow track is led by singer John Stoddart. The impressive CD closes with a song written by Bernie Herms, husband of contemporary Christian music’s Natalie Grant. The solemn and reverent song, You Are All I Need, is quite reflective and pensive, containing a classical and orchestral component.
Some of the industry’s best musicians are included on In The Fellowship including Mo’ Horns, Paul “PJ” Morgan, Calvin Napper and keyboardist and co-producer Cedric Thompson. Patrick Lundy & The Ministers Of Music have provided an excellent album of remarkable songs which minister directly to the soul.
For more information on Patrick Lundy & The Ministers Of Music, log onto www.plundymom.com.
Feedback - Rene Williams is a freelance writer for Gospelcity.com, GTM Magazine and Charisma Magazine. She also is the author of the Gospel News Update, a bi-weekly e-zine about what's happening in the Christian music industry, and the D.C. Gospel News Update, a weekly newsletter about gospel events in the Washington, D.C. area.