Dorinda Clark Cole – Live from Houston
Recorded live in St. Agnes Baptist Church in Houston, ROSE OF GOSPEL captures Dorinda Clark-Cole doing what she does best: ministering for the Lord with her powerful set of pipes. Clark-Cole is backed by a full band here, and while there are modern stylistic flourishes (such as the Miami electro-dance vibe on ”Great is the Lord” and the hip-hop-flavored funk of ”Work to Do”), the singer is at her best on old-school gospel rave-ups like ”So Many Times.” The sheer force and range of Clark-Cole’s voice make this a contemporary gospel record to notice.
Clark-Cole’s traditional roots come to the surface with hand-clappin’ cuts such as ”So Many Times” and the powerful ”Worked Out For My Good”. Her awesome vocals are sufficiently supported by top-notch background vocalists, including Nakita Clegg of The Kurt Carr Singers, Daniel Johnson, Gene Moore Jr., La’Jimmease Murray Jones, Jeane’ Lavant and Kelli Kinney Brownlee.
As if that weren’t enough, Chicago’s Stellar Award winning choir and labelmate New Direction adds that all-important choral feel to the album. Being an evangelist at heart, Clark-Cole takes time to minister and encourage all with tracks like ”Nobody But God” and ”Everything He Promised”. As a special treat, the album includes a spoken word bonus track titled ”The Word Becomes Flesh”, which features the singer reading several Bible passages, taken from the innovative Audio Bibleproject (featuring dozens of prominent women reading scripture). Veteran producer Percy Bady provides the subtle musical backdrop for Clark-Cole’s scripture readings.
Clark-Cole has no problem dropping serious funk as is evidenced by the rhythmically exciting ”Great is the Lord”. The futuristic intro to ”Work To Do” keeps you hyped, reminiscent of Tonéx’s ”Out The Box” prelude. The ensuing track certainly lives up to the billing.
”I’m Out and Over” keeps the party rocking, encouraging all to live in deliverance and celebrate their victory in Christ.