Edwin Hawkins – All The Angels –
Music & Arts – LOVE Fellowship Conference Mass Choir
The latest in the series is titled All The Angels, and features the Music & Arts Love Fellowship Conference Mass Choir, recorded atBishop Walter Hawkins’ Love Fellowship Church in June, 2002.
The 2002 edition of the annual event brought together hundreds, not only from across North America, but also significant numbers from Europe and Japan.
Mass choir co-ordinator Jonathan Grier assembles the mass choir to maximize performance (hear audio). Veterans David Blakely, Derrick Hall, Joel Smith, Jonathan Dubose Jr., Keith Tribitt (see his own album review) and Jerry Jordan take their places behind the instruments.
The album’s lead single is also the title track, and features Edwin Hawkins himself, in duet with long time Hawkins Familycollaborator Brenda Roy. It’s been a very long time since we’ve heard Hawkins take lead vocals, and the song, also written by him, is more than worthy of the occasion. “All The Angels” features a beautiful melody which unfolds in balladic style to describe the incredible degree of praise that is due to our God and our Saviour, such that even the angels bow down to worship Him.