The Great Lakes Mass Choir have released their astounding collection of worship and gospel music, “Still,” to widespread delight and approbation. The album has been released with fully 22 original compositions with a sparkling, remarkable production for an approximate total of two full hours of excellent inspirational listening. These stunning arrangements have been written and directed by Reg Nevitt, who has led this enormous crew of titanic talents to a magnificent result that few choirs (or philharmonics) have accomplished.
The album is first and foremost a Christian work of ecclesiastic praise and evangelism, one which never strays from its noble goal for a moment. Though “Still” is a staggering achievement of musical art, it is neither showy, nor self-interested. The quality of the music comes from the earnestness of each instrumentalist and choir singer, which each track communicates with sterling clarity. It is impossible to hear “Still” without picturing a loving God in attendance.
Upon being asked, “What message does your album share with its listeners?” Reg Nevitt replies emphatically:
“That there is a God, His name is Jesus, and that He loves each of us so much that He gave His life for our salvation!”
Many tracks on “Still” are placid, full of spaciousness and quiet, making for calming and peaceful listening. Many others, however, are packed with the lively power and passion of Christ, and these form the mainstays of the album. Some tracks, like “And We Worship,” include nearly every element of modern music for an epic wall of sound that inspires a good deal of awe. “Still” has its musical heart in several genres, but stands out (and quite tall!) in the Pentecostal, soul, and funk categories. Track 12, “God Will Make a Way,” and 14, “You’re Gonna Need Jesus,” are even wonderfully reminiscent of James Brown’s famous rendition of “The Old Landmark.” “Jesus, You’re Able” is a better example of driving, groovy funk than has likely been heard by most listeners in many, many years.
Nevitt cites as main artistic influences a long list of legends, including Andre Crouch, Walter & Edwin Hawkins, Dottie Rambo, Lee Roy Nevitt (his father), Tramaine Hawkins, the Hinsons, the Goodmans, the Lanny Wolfe Trio, and Nancy Grandquist. The sound this bevy of geniuses inspires in Nevitt is varied.
Whether the music fan be saved or lacking spiritual salvation, there is absolutely no reason to miss this pearl of a record by some of the most charismatic singers and players in these United States. “Still” stands as a monumental example of what very fine works the church still has in store for humanity, and music fans should give it a fair and righteous listen, be they sinner or saint.
“Still” by the Great Lakes Mass Choir is available online everywhere.
Staff Press Release Writer
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