Beverly Crawford has created a niche for herself as one of gospel’s most passionate vocal ambassadors and a singer’s singer. Now, the dynamic singing evangelist is back with her first new set of songs in four years, Thank You For All You’ve Done (EchoPark JDI Entertainment), due in stores May 20, 2014.
The 12-track CD was recorded live at Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, TX and jointly produced by Crawford’s longtime team of Michael Bereal and Professor James Roberson. Buoyed by the dynamic, heart-thumping radio single “Sweeping Through The City,” it’s an engaging balance of the traditional, Sunday morning church-styled songs Crawford is known for alongside well-crafted contemporary praise and worship songs by noted composers such as Melvin Williams, Derrick Lee, Stan Jones and Rodney Posey.
The project opens with a new rendition of Crawford’s bluesy concert staple “Jesus, Precious King,” the hair-raising song that put her on the gospel map almost twenty years ago. From there, she delivers heartfelt gratitude on “Thank You For All You’ve Done” before making a segue into the mid-tempo hand-clapper “Every Breath.”
In other highlights, Crawford explores new musical territory on the Christian pop-spiced “I Need You” that features her niece Chachita Mims-Brinkley (a soprano who has recorded with Bishop T.D. Jakes) and her niece’s husband Kerry along with Crawford’s own son T.J. doing a very nimble guitar solo. The exhilarating concert closes with a high-octane re-vamp of The Caravans’ 1962 hit “Sweeping Through The City.”