Bishop Andrew Merritt & the Straight Gate Mass Choir - Faith In The House Audio Samples Available

Faith In The House by Bishop Andrew Merritt & the Straight Gate Mass Choir

Cross Rhythms Rating: 7/10
CD: Album
Tags: Gospel, CD, Album, Worship, Live
Live gospel from the Detroit based gospel choir from their Straight Gate Church founded by Bishop Andrew Merritt.

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  1. 1. Come Into His Presence
  2. 2. We Sing Praises
  3. 3. Victory Chant
  4. 4. We'll Be Faithful
  5. 5. Thy Word (Spoken Word)
  6. 6. Thy Word
  7. 7. I Was Created To Worship
  8. 8. Faith To Believe (Spoken Word)
  9. 9. Faith To Believe
  10. 10. Cover Me Lord
  11. 11. Cover Me Lord (Reprise)
  12. 12. The Lord Thy God
  13. 13. There Is None Like You
  14. 14. Hallowed Be Thy Name
  15. 15. Mustard Seed Faith
  16. 16. Only Believe (Spoken Word)
  17. 17. Only Believe
  18. 18. The Call Of Faith (Spoken Word)
  19. 19. I Live By Faith
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Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

This live gospel release from 2000 sees the mighty choir from Detroit's Straight Gate Church in action. Proceedings kick off with the uplifting soul funk of "Come Into His Presence" and it is evident that they mean business as they set about praising God and lifting his name with typical gospel fervour. Straight Gate's founder Bishop Andrew Merritt is listed as the album's creative consultant but, in truth, this is very much a team effort. Vocals duties are shared Zetta Chapman, Bruce Parham, Dana Powell and Vanessa Williams (not sure if this is the famous one) and this adds a welcome variety to the proceedings. Add to mix the awesome power of the choir and a top notch band and this is a polished piece of work that maintains the spontaneity of a live gospel experience whilst avoiding the tendency of some gospel releases to become mechanical in delivery. There is a healthy number of original songs mixed with more familiar numbers by other writers - "Thy Word" by Amy Grant and Michael W Smith and Lenny LeBlanc's standard "There Is None Like You" to name but a few - but it is Joseph Vogel's "Victory Chant" that stands out with Dana Powell effortlessly handling the song's numerous key changes. After the lively nature of the first few tracks, the majority of the album has a slower, more soulful feel - including a great rendition of Ron Kenoly's "Hallowed Be Your Name" - before cranking up the pace with the grinding funk of "Mustard Seed Faith" nearer the end. The album closes with the joyful "I Live By Faith" and this typifies the main theme of this release that faith is key to a fruitful relationship with God.

Style: Gospel
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 16675
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Integrity 14482
Items: 1
Release Date: 2000

Live gospel from the Detroit based gospel choir from their Straight Gate Church founded by Bishop Andrew Merritt.

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