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Artist Marvin Sapp Thirsty Christian Music Gospel Product Type

Track Title. 1 Magnify. 2 Power. 3 Possess The Land. 4 Shout Unto God. 5 Praise Him In Advance (Intro). 6 Praise Him In Advance. 7 Worshipper In Me. 8 Thirsty. 9 Thirsty (Reprise). 10 Place Of Worship. 11 In The Garden. 12 Never Would Have Made It. 13 Rivers Flow. Grand Rapids, MI, native Marvin Sapp, a former member of the gospel group the Commissioned, insists he is a preacher who sings rather than a singer who preaches, but regardless of his sense of self-identity in such matters, it is his strong and soulful vocals that make his albums work far more than the praise & worship themes and lyrics he favors. What he says, obviously, comes into play for his many fans on the contemporary gospel scene, but he’s not conveying concepts that are exactly startling revelations in this field. No, it’s that voice that carries the day: a strong, husky, impassioned, and — above all else — undeniably soulful vehicle that blasts through these busy arrangements like an alto sax. The songs themselves are fairly interchangeable, with a backup choir and full trap kit mixed high in most of them, giving each the feel of tremendous energy. Toss in Sapp’s assertive vocals, and you’ve got some rockin’ preaching going on, but in the end, it’s really how Sapp says things more than what he says that is left in one’s memory. He may be a preacher who sings, but it’s the singing that truly resonates. Put another way, if you’re a plumber who sings on the job, you’re a singing plumber. That all changes, however, when you go out and record albums in which your singing is the central calling card. Then you’re a singer, even if what you sing about is clogs and drains. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi.

Artist Marvin Sapp Here I Am Christian Music Gospel Product Type

Track Title. 1 I Came (Intro.). 2 I Came. 3 Keep Holding On. 4 Fresh Wind. 5 Comfort Zone. 6 Wait. 7 He Has His Hands On You. 8 Don’t Count Me Out. 9 The Best In Me. 10 Here I Am. 11 Praise You Forever. 12 More Than A Conqueror. Marvin Sapp insists he is a preacher who sings rather than a singer who preaches, but regardless of his sense of self-identity in such matters, it is his strong and soulful vocals that make his albums work far more than the praise & worship themes and lyrics he favors. What he says, obviously, comes into play for his many fans on the contemporary gospel scene (and there are enough of those fans so that Here I Am debuted higher in the Billboard charts than any gospel album in the past 50 years), but he’s not conveying concepts that are exactly startling revelations in this field. No, it’s that voice that carries the day: a strong, husky, impassioned, and — above all else — undeniably soulful vehicle that blasts through these busy arrangements like an alto sax. The songs themselves are fairly interchangeable, with a backup choir and full trap kit mixed high in most of them, giving each the feel of tremendous energy. Toss in Sapp’s assertive vocals and you’ve got some rockin’ preaching going on, but in the end, it’s really how Sapp says things more than what he says that is left in one’s memory. Here I Am (recorded live in 2009) is a bit more uptempo and diverse than Sapp s previous album, Thirsty, but it s cut from the same cloth, opening with the very danceable I Came and following with similar energy through to the gorgeous praise ballad The Best in Me, arguably the best track here. He may be a preacher who sings, but it’s the singing that truly resonates, and on The Best in Me, Sapp puts the whole package together. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi.