Rev Tina Redden - Christmas Time: Jesus Is The Reason For The Season Audio Samples Available

Christmas Time: Jesus Is The Reason For The Season by Rev Tina Redden

Cross Rhythms Rating: 5/10
Tags: CD, Gospel, Album, Independent, Christmas, EP
Normal Dispatch Time: 1-3 days
Seasonal EP from the Michigan-based pastor.

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  1. 1. Happy Birthday Jesus
  2. 2. Away In A Manger
  3. 3. Hark The Heralds
  4. 4. Go Tell It To The Mountain
  5. 5. Silent-Night
  6. 6. Happy Birthday Jesus (Musical Score)
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Reviewed by Andrew Wallace

Adding to an already impressive back catalogue this short five-cut EP released in 2013 is Michigan-based pastor Rev Tina Redden's first foray into Christmas music. Redden has a fiery old-time gospel vocal sound which immediately draws comparisons to many of the gospel greats of the '50s, particularly Clara Ward and Dorothy Love Coates. Tina produced and played all the instruments which tends to give the project a bedroom synth demo sound. The only original song here is opener "Happy Birthday Jesus" where Redden's strong vocal is married to a backdrop of meandering, light piano. Although a quirky mix, weighing in at over eight minutes means it severely overruns. Over recorded carols like "Away In A Manger" and "Hark The Herald" are both spoiled by cheap production and dated instrumentation with the latter's bombastic keyboard drowning out much of the vocal. Of the other tracks "Silent Night" is the best here, the gentle background piano leaving room for Redden's raw vocal talent to be exposed. The reverend has a great voice, of that there can be no doubt, but she clearly needs a producer and a decent recording budget to lift her music to the level of the Stellar Award winners.

Style: Gospel
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 166391
Product Format: CD
Content Type: EP
Cat. Code: Independent
Items: 1
Release Date: 2013

Seasonal EP from the Michigan-based pastor.

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For more information about Rev Tina Redden, check the Rev Tina Redden Artist Profile on the main Cross Rhythms website for news stories, feature articles, interviews and much more. (Link opens in new window)
Posted by Samatha Kasmeirceck in ft pierce Florida at 19:18 on Jun 27 2017

Oh my God, I have never heard the song "Away in a Manger" sung like this ever. its a strong Gospel tune that makes you listen more than once. Very skillfully sang from the heart. It sounds really good. A person would have to listen to understand what i mean. by far the best "Away in a Manger" that I have ever heard

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