Gospel Dream by Various
Reviewed by Tim Holden
I have to confess to not wanting to open the shrink wrap on this DVD when it arrived - I have a great dislike of "reality TV" shows like X Factor and Fame Academy and particularly the American versions of them. While there is a short section of the TV show here - an interview with the winner Brian Smith - the majority of the DVD is footage of the concert given after the competition was completed and designed to showcase the talents of all of the contestants. There is a nice variety of styles, from the straight gospel of "Your Grace Is Amazing" to the rocky "God Of Wonders" - arranged almost exactly as the Rebecca St James version! The voices from such contestants as Kimberly lowery, Kristina Higgins and Joshua Woods are all good, with Brian's standing out with a very commercial sound, and the house band are slick and competent as one would expect. If you can ignore the commercialisation of worship songs and the occasional feeling that the cover versions are little more than Christian karaoke, you might want to investigate.
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 25333
Product Format: DVD
Content Type: Music video
Cat. Code: Zomba Records 88697068279
Release Date: 30 Jun 2007
Showcase compilation of the contestants in American TV's Gospel Dream.
On any given Sunday in choirs across the US there are vocalists who dream of being The One. With the proliferation of competitions focusing so intently on secular music, it was frustrating not having an outlet for their gifts.
Thus, Gospel Dream, the competition broadcast on the Gospel Music Channel was born. For the third season, over one thousand hopefuls auditioned across the country hoping for the chance to become not one but The One, with the added bonus of a recording contract!
To commemorate the third seasonís success, Verity Records presents 'Gospel Dream, featuring music from the 10 finalists as well the winner of the 2007 competition, Brian Smith.