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Identity by James Fortune & FIYA

Cross Rhythms Rating: 7/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, Gospel, Album
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A collection of songs from Houston-based gospel singer and his FIYA ensemble.

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  1. 1. The Overture
  2. 2. Never Again
  3. 3. Identity
  4. 4. Disclaimer
  5. 5. It Could Be Worse (Feat. LeAndria Johnson & Zacardi Cortez)
  6. 6. What If-
  7. 7. Greatest Days
  8. 8. The Curse Is Broken
  9. 9. Hold On (Feat. Monica & Fred Hammond)
  10. 10. Make A Sound (Feat. Nikki Ross)
  11. 11. Make A Sound (Reprise)
  12. 12. Still Able
  13. 13. Throw My Hands Up
  14. 14. With You (Feat. Kim Burrell)
  15. 15. Revealed
  16. 16. Help Me
  17. 17. My God
  18. 18. Forward (Feat. Eric Dawkins)
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Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

This release from the hitmaking Houston-based gospel singer and his ensemble FIYA (Free In Yahweh's Abundance) is an undoubtedly slick affair that promotes praising God in all circumstances. Although homelessness, redundancy and financial problems have played a very real part in the singer's past, many may find Fortune's trademark forthrightness hard to stomach on the back of an historic child injury allegation that has recently resurfaced as well as Fortune's incorrect notion in the likes of the upbeat "Never Again" that problems and a pain are a thing of the past when you become a Christian. Elsewhere though, "It Could Be Worse" has a more realistic "count your blessings" take on life's challenges whilst Fortune candidly references his victory over what sounds like destructive parental influences in "The Curse Is Broken". Musically, this is a rollercoaster ride which mixes the dance-tinged praise of "Make A Sound" and the hip-hop gospel "Throw Your Hands Up" with slower ballad-based numbers such as the breathtakingly powerful "What If?" - a song sung by Fortune's wife Cheryl that poignantly and aptly touches on God's redemptive grace no matter what any of us have done in the past. Guest appearances from the likes of gospel legend Fred Hammond on "Hold On" add further variety to proceedings.

Style: Gospel
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 126880
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Music World PD0063
Items: 1
Release Date: 2011

A collection of songs from Houston-based gospel singer and his FIYA ensemble.

Contemporary gospel artist James Fortune returns with his newest project, Identity, It's an 18-track, high-energy project backed by his vocal ensemble FIYA, featuring several heartfelt ballads for good measure.
Identity boasts a bevy of gotta-hear guest vocalists. From renowned vocalist Kim Burrell ("With You") and Sunday Best winner Le'Andria Johnson ("Could Be Worse") to a duet featuring Fred Hammond and R&B songstress Monica ("Hold On"), Fortune is pulling out all the stops.

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