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One Voice: Every Tribe, Tongue & Nation by Various

Cross Rhythms Rating: 9/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, Album, Gospel, Top Rated, Airplay
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A bevy of black and white artists record a unique worship project.

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  1. 1. What A Love
  2. 2. Let It Be
  3. 3. With One Voice
  4. 4. Nothing Is Impossible
  5. 5. Somebody Please
  6. 6. Angels
  7. 7. Shine On
  8. 8. Let The People
  9. 9. All Over The World
  10. 10. Anywhere
  11. 11. Awesome Wonder
  12. 12. One Voice One Heart
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9/10

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

When this was released in September of last year Cross Rhythms immediately recognised its importance. Here was an album which powerfully challenged the practices and preconceptions of the Christian music world which has for too long been divided along the lines of race. Two separate industries, one known as CCM featuring almost exclusively white artists, and one known as gospel featuring almost exclusively black artists is a scandal, and it's this issue that is addressed creatively by this album which brings together many high profile figures from both camps. So here we have Welsh singer/songwriter Mall Pope, South African-born worship leader Brenton Brown, former Delirous? frontman Martin Smith and Phatfish's lead singer Lou Fellingham rubbing shoulders with British gospel patriarch Bishop John Francis, Nu Colours, Mary Mary singer Erica Campbell and modern gospel hitmaker Smokie Norful. Not everything works particularly well on this album and the sound of R&B tends to dominate with the only occasional flashes of pop rock coming through but when thing fit together well like on the Cross Rhythms turntable hit "What A Love" (with Bishop John Francis, Waryn Campbell and David Daniels), Kierra 'Kiki' Sheard's adventurous move into rock-driven worship with one time Onehundredhours frontman Tre Sheppard on "Nothing Is Impossible" and Darlene Zschech's inspired reading of the biggest song to come out of Britain's black churches, Sam Grandison's "Awesome Wonder", the effect is tremendous. This album slipped out, rather unnoticed last year. Hopefully, its re-release with a new slipcase in March will challenge Christian consumers, both black and white, to reach beyond their cultural comfort zones.

Style: Gospel
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 82646
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: One Voice OVCD001
Items: 1
Release Date: 04 Sep 2009

A bevy of black and white artists record a unique worship project.

Four years in the making, One Voice stands out for bigger reasons than studio hours. Featuring the most dazzling array of vocal talents – from Erica Campbell (Mary Mary) to Darlene Zschech, Toby Mac to Smokie Norful, Tim Hughes to Israel Houghton and many, many others – yet the album scores the big points on more than its personnel or credit lists. Even the fact that it features thirteen original most gloriously honey-sweet praise and worship songs you could ever hope to hear on a single album doesn’t take the top prize.

No, that honour is reserved for the simple fact of what this album represents. Unity.

For too long black and white churches have kept to their corners, but One Voice has started to change all that, drawing songwriters, singers, musicians together, united, one voice, in praise of the God that created all.

And now it’s the turn of the listeners to open up their ears, their hearts and their own voices and join in this song of unity that we so desperately need to share.














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