Sup folks.What would we do without social networks? I’m serious, I feel like there has been so much that I’ve found out via twitter, facebook, etc. that I may have never heard or known about otherwise. Today’s post is an example. I kept hearing buzz about this new artist Justin Savage who had released a single called “Encourage” that folks were loving and many wanted to know what I thought of it.
I’ll be honest and tell you why they wanted to know what I thought of it. Most of you know that I’m not always a fan of what I like to call “Pretty Jesus” music. (I’ll tell the story one day of how that name came to be.) But in case you don’t remember what it means, I tend to label Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) and Praise & Worship (as a genre) pretty Jesus music, because it’s well sometimes a little overly….. pretty. I hope I’m making sense, it’s a matter of taste so don’t go going off on me! Well, anyway a lot of my gospel folks were falling in love with this song and wanted to know what I thought about it because the song kind of rides the fence of Gospel and “Pretty Jesus.”
But the verdict is in and the song is GREAT! Yes, the song is overwhelmingly “pretty” but it’s really a BEAUTIFUL song. Justin’s voice is one we don’t get to hear in gospel too often, it’s pure. During the Sunday Best Season, I touched on the need for more voices that just sounded good with nothing extra. Tricks, runs, growls, screams etc. are great in their proper place and he does a few but it all starts with the voice! Add to that, lyrics that aren’t typical but are genuinely….encouraging? I can dig it!
Justin’s story is interesting because he’s been known in the industry for years mainly as a musician/producer/songwriter for some pretty big names. (Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, Donald Lawrence and Richard Smallwood, Israel & New Breed (the reigning CEO of Pretty Jesus Incorporated) and quite a few others.) The artist role is new for him and is a big step but after listening to this first single I think he’s doing the right thing and I’m looking forward to what’s next from him. Long live the pretty, beautiful Jesus music! Ha!
Listen to “Encouraged” by Justin Savage, tell me what you think and if you like it go grab it from iTunes. (I’m back on my BUY gospel music so you’ll have gospel music campaign HARD!) Read the rest of this entry »