Anthony Brown is a prolific songwriter. He writes beautiful songs that captures his love for God. But make no mistake, these are also life songs, words put to music that speak from and to the heart. His lyrical dexterity was on full display when Anthony Brown & group therAPy celebrated the release of their third album, A Long Way From Sunday on Friday, July 28 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. Grammy winner Erica Campbell was the evening’s host.
In a front of a packed house, Anthony Brown & group therAPy kicked off the show in high gear with “Glad” and immediately got the Warner rocking! Backed by some extraordinarily choreographed dancers, the tone for the night was set. Interspersed throughout the night were videos that poignantly illustrated the singer’s journey. Buoyed by “Glad,” “Na Na OK (The Happy Song)” and other high energy songs, the atmosphere was sufficiently charged and created a true live experience!
Rapper Sho Baraka was on hand to inject his flair into the pop urban inspired “Lost.” Jonathan McReynolds who appears, along with Travis Greene, on the Warryn Canpbell-produced, “Everytime,” dropped by. It was something Brown was not expecting, since McReynolds was heading to Paris.
When asked to sing his favorite “Anthony Brown” song, McReynolds sang a bit of “Deserved” from Brown’s sophomore album, Everyday Jesus. They were also joined by young Miles Caton (a future star in the making) who belted out “Worth.” Brown and McReynolds later launched into “Everytime,” a song that reminds the believer what happens when they call on the name of Jesus.
There was also a surprise appearance by Kirk Franklin when he performed on “I Got That” which, according to Brown, “is my jam.” Erica Campbell came on stage and sampled her hit, “I Love God” before joining in on the song’s infectious chant: “I got that V-I-C-T-O-R-Y..I got no reason to fear. I got Jesus on my side.” Buoyed by the pulsating beat, Brown engaged the audience in a playful, modern-day call and response that thrilled the audience. Brown seemed to love every moment of it as he effortlessly connected with the audience.
Vocal powerhouse Leandria Johnson brought her soul-stirring style to the beautiful ballad, “Consumed,” which led to a time of extended worship. Anthony Brown closed the concert with his current hit, “Trust In You.”
“These are my thoughts..my fears..my declarations and my confessions. This is how I get through..when I feel..”A Long way from Sunday”.
Those are Anthony Brown’s words and the live experience at the Warner Theatre was just that… Brown’s thoughts come to life in all of its musical glory. He evoked a transparency rarely seen, penning songs that revealed letting thoughts often closely held and allowing them to cascade into a lyrically sound , vocally exquisite and musically astute album music that offers healing, inspiration and encouragement for all willing to lend an ear.
A Long Way From Sunday is available at retailers and digital outlets.
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