“He’ll Understand” – Joyce Barrett
By Bob Marovich - March 16, 2016 0 17
Joyce Barrett of Houston, Texas, does some fine old-school singing on “He’ll Understand,” which on the CD single is credited to other writers, but presumably for the arrangement—the song is properly attributed to longtime National Baptist Convention music department leader Lucie Eddie Campbell, who wrote it in 1933.
Backed by a pumping band and a gospel quartet (with Roy Reed as executive producer of the single, could the BGVs be labelmates the Zion Jubilees?), Barrett gives the song an uptempo, quartet style treatment. She repeats the “Oh, when I come to the end of my journey” verse over and over, and it would have been ideal to hear the other verses, but nevertheless, she puts the song in full gear and sells it during the vamp.
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Rev. J.C. Jenkins Don’t You Forget to Remember
Sharp Records www.sharprecordsusa.com
By Bob Marovich
lead vocals of Rev. J. C. Jenkins, is a nod to the deep southern soul quartet sound of the 1970s and 1980s.
The major seventh Northern Soul harmonies combined with Jenkins’ pulpit-hued raspy lead vocals are most evident on “He’s Done It All for Me,” the opening track on the group’s Sharp Records album, Don’t You Forget to Remember. The song’s recounting of biblical miracles establishes the premise that if He did it then, He will do it now. Or, as Jenkins declares, “God never done nobody wrong.”
Leaving one’s troubles at the doorstep of Jesus is also the theme of “Straighten it Out” and of a funky remake of the classic gospel quartet handclapper, “Let Me Lean on You.” The title track is decent, although the more than one minute introduction leaves the listener wondering at first whether it will be an instrumental track.
The production quality suffers a bit from background hiss, and the simple, stripped down CD info provides no information on the group other than its national booking contact info and ReverbNation website. What we learn at ReverbNation is that the quartet hails from Gadsden, Alabama, and that 50 percent of the sales of the album will go to the charity Keep a Child Alive.
One thing is for sure: these guys can sing. Don’t You Forget to Remember is reminiscent of the 1970s and 1980s DIY projects that gave quartets like the Sounds of Joy an aural business card to promote their live programs and radio appearances.
Three of Five Stars
Pick: “He’s Done It All For Me”
Sharper Brothers Records
By Bob Marovich
On Fisherman, their six-track EP, Detroit quartet Favour is all about getting you ready…for your blessings, for a miracle, and for the day Jesus returns.
Favour is a sweet-singing quartet with the smoothness of Atlantic Starr and the Manhattans, though Shawn Upshaw’s lead vocal incorporates traditional gospel techniques. So do the lyrics, which fit squarely in the quartet mode of preaching, teaching, and in Favour’s case, preparing.
Indeed, two songs telegraph preparation in their titles: “Better Be Ready” and “Things are Gonna Happen.” And in “How I Know,” the group sings that the miracles of the Bible days can still happen today, and it can happen to you, so be on the lookout. “Things Are Gonna Happen” encourages listeners to keep the possibility of miracles top of mind as a balm against the onslaught of today’s tragedies.
The title track sets the group’s Soul Train-sweet mood from the start. Jesus makes his disciples fishers of men in “Fisherman,” and, by extension, anyone seeking discipleship today. But following Christ, sings Favour, means adopting Christian values of love, not hate. We need to live, not kill.
Group manager, songwriter, arranger, and baritone Byron Brown gives the EP a crisp production, though it would have been even better with less electronic drums and synth, which at times take away from the serenity of the harmonies. It would be fascinating to hear Favour sing a cappella.
The group, which formed just a few years ago, consists of Brown, Upshaw, William Banks, and Jimmie Blee Palmer, with Derrick Maclin on bass guitar.