Kirk Franklin has a new song called “I Am” and it is apparently from his latest album Hello, Fear, which is due out this spring. It definitely sticks to the Kirk Franklin template of songwriting and sounds, and it’s a nice tune. Nothing groundbreaking at all, but definitely solid.
Mary Mary have released a couple of new singles, the first one being “Walking”, which apes almost wholesale in my opinion T.I.’s “Why You Wanna” (or whatever that song was probably sampled from in the first), and now their latest song “Something Bigger”, which is above.
I’ve always been a fan of Mary Mary, I have all of their albums. However, I feel like they have gotten more and more urban contemporary. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing on its face, but I feel like their music has began to suffer and become less creative in what will probably be deemed an attempt at “crossing over” to more non-Christian people. Their music is now rife with autotune, generic soundscapes, and busy production. These two ladies can SING, so it’s just a little baffling that they’ve taken this new direction. However, I will wait in hopes of that a cohesive album will come from these two singles and it will all work together for the good! /churchy
One of my favorite exuberant-for-no-reason choir directors ever, Ricky Dillard, is also releasing a new album this year. His new single “God Is Great” features trademark New Generation (“New G”) vocals and a vamp that modulates into the rafters. That Chicago vibrato is on full display as they go up and up. However, Ricky NOW he could have let someone else lead this song! Their 8th project is due this year as well, and it was recorded live last year in Detroit.