Guest Blogger: Gerard Bonner’s Isaiah Thomas Recording RecapPublished by Torrence Glenn on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 6:03 pm.
Remember a few months ago when I went to JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise’s Recording and brought you the recap and photos from the event within days of the event? Well, my good friend Gerard Bonner from Bonnerfide & Gospelflava.com hooked me up with those photos and I’m glad to say he was able to hook me up again for Isaiah D. Thomas and Elements Of Praise’s Recording this past Saturday. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it so not only did he give me some photos but he’s going to tell us what went down and what you can expect when the CD hits stores later.
*So I’m just gonna pass the mic to Gerard*
Thanks Big T!!
What’s good BET family!! I’ve gotta tell you about the incredible recording that went down on May 16, 2009 in Washington, DC. The New Macedonia Baptist Church played host to the third live recording of Isaiah D. Thomas and Elements of Praise. Thomas, a skilled songwriter and producer, is a 2-time Stellar Award winner, catching national notoriety upon winning the Song of the Year honors at the 2007 Stellar Awards for the hit “I Will Bless The Lord”. Along with his choir Elements of Praise, he garnered his second Stellar in 2008 for Contemporary Choir of the Year. Their latest effort, titled “The Greatest”, earned the group three Stellar nominations. So this recording came with great anticipation and it clearly didn’t disappoint.
Yours truly had the honor of hosting this incredible event and the standing room only crowd came ready for an amazing night. After skilled praise dancing from the Dayspring Dancers, Thomas and EOP took the stage. Decked in spring colors, Elements of Praise came ready to throw down. The group was backed by a serious band that featured Calvin Rodgers (drums), Buddy Lakins (organ), Morgan Turner (bass), Paryss Hayden (lead guitar), music director Chris Leach (keys), and the famed Mo’ Horns. So the stage was prepared for a serious set and boy did they deliver.
It became quickly obvious that Thomas and EOP had been in the lab and came out with some serious heat. The session featured twelve incredible songs, all worthy of top ten radio status. Highlights included the infectiously churchy “Ain’t No Harm” and “I Dare You To Worship”. The recording featured several of DC’s finest writers and vocalists who made a definite mark during the session. Perhaps the biggest songs of the night were “He Can Do More” and “Touch and Agree”, penned by David Frazier. Frazier is responsible for some of gospel’s biggest hits with Hezekiah Walker & LFC (“Power Belongs To God”, “I Need You To Survive” and many others) and graciously lent his pen and gift to Thomas and EOP, who mastered the song that was just written earlier in the week.
Without question, this session was an anointed night filled with incredible music that could easily be an Album of the Year candidate for 2010. In the meantime, check out these pics from the event.
Thanks for lending me the mic, Torrence!!
*Takes mic from Gerard*
Ok, now I’m really mad I missed it! Ahhhhhh, next time though! But thanks much to Gerard for making us feel like we were there!
Til tomorrow. I’m out!