Had To Share: “Testimony” – Patrick Riddick & D’Vyne WorshipPublished by Torrence Glenn on Friday, June 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm.
Sup folks, why didn’t anyone tell me I hadn’t blogged in a little bit. Y’all know I need help! Ha!
But anyway, I’m excited about what I’m sharing today. I’m unashamedly a CHOIR BOY! I love all forms of gospel music and music in general, but I’m a church kid through and through and there’s nothing like some good ole choir sanging. Choirs have somewhat lost their place in gospel music over the last 10 years as more and more groups/ensembles and solo artists have kind of been moved to the front of the line. I sometimes fear that the appreciation and legacy of the gospel choir is in jeopardy. There aren’t many new choirs putting out music on a national level. If you listened to gospel radio or gone through the shelves of the local record store, there wouldn’t be much there. Of course choirs like Hezekiah Walker and LFC, James Hall & Worship & Praise, and Ricky Dillard & New G are holding it down, but they can’t do it alone. JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise also do an excellent job of maintaining the classic choir sound while still sounding current and relevant.
So with that, I’m especially excited to feature the music of Patrick Riddick & D’Vyne Worship’s new single “Testimony.” I first heard this song when participating in Darnell Davis & The Remnant’s (another contemporary choir I love) One Voice Conference in Minneapolis, MN last year. Patrick Riddick was the guest director and taught this song to the conference choir and the song blazed. I did some research and then I realized I had favorite’d quite a few of this choir’s clips on youtube already! So I’m really glad that they’re finally ready to release a CD of their own. See, let me explain some things to you, not only am I a church kid but I’m a northeast church kid so they’ve got that “barks, squalls and altar calls” sound that we’re known for. This is choir music at it’s finest in my opinion and I think you’ll appreciate it too. Make sure you go to iTunes or Amazon.com to pick it up and watch out for the CD release. If we want to keep this music alive, we have to support it. Amen? (churchy!)