Lawrence Strikes Gold on Go Get Your Life Back
- Andrea R. Williams Entertainment Writer
- 2002 23 Feb
Release Date: March 26, 2002
Known for such hits as Never Seen The Righteous, And Yet I'm Still Saved and Stranger, Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers are one of the gospel music's most popular choirs. The Grammy-nominated group strikes gold again with their latest release, Go Get Your Life Back.
Inspiration is the theme of the entire project. Go Get Your Life Back is a group of songs about hope, a collage of melodic themes about holding on to and trusting God.
Although Go Get Your Life Back includes both live and studio tracks, it never seems disjointed. Gliding effortlessly between the up-tempo jams and anointed ballads, Lawrence doesn't miss a beat.
The Best Is Yet To Come, the opening track, is a festive, beat-driven jam, complete with participation from the audience.
The first cut embraced by radio, Seasons, has a powerful, prophetic message. Written by Lawrence and sung by both Lawrence and gospel legend Walter Hawkins, this song speaks to those who have been waiting on God for their "season". The collaboration is a great one, incorporating styles from both performers.
Miracle is another groove-laden, bouncy cut, with an inspirational chorus: Oh, I've got a feeling, there's a miracle coming your way. I know that you've been through some hard times, but things are about to change.
Lyrics from the powerful Bless Me are taken from I Chronicles 4:9-10, spawned by the popularity of the best-selling Bruce Wilkinson book, The Prayer of Jabez. Written by gospel great Andrae Crouch and Lawrence, Bless Me (Intro) gives Lawrence a solo opportunity, with the choir's version, which includes Tri-City's incomparable vocals, following. God's anointing really moves this song into a praise and worship vein.
Flaunting his incredible creativity and prowess as a master in the studio, Lawrence's Keep On Blessing samples the old school mainstream hit Love Come Down by Evelyn "Champagne" King. Sometimes we all need to be reminded that God does indeed "keep on blessing" us.
Lord, I Try, the classic written by Hawkins and made popular in the 80s by another Hawkins, gospel diva Tramaine, is redone beautifully, with Erica Bratton-McCollough on lead. Sheri Jones, of the sensational new gospel duo Ted & Sheri, takes the lead on It's Gonna Be Alright.
Can I Lay in Your Arms, with just a guitar and piano, takes this disc into full worship mode, and Usher Me takes us even further into worship. Originally featured on Bishop T.D. Jakes' Sacred Love Songs and written by Jakes and Lawrence, Usher Me is a true power ballad. Arnetta Murrill-Crooms' improvisational style truly ministers as she sings from her heart.
The title tune is led by the former lead singer of Sounds of Blackness, Ann Nesby. The traditional gospel-sounding, heart-wrenching church ballad is wonderful.
Go Get Your Life Back is about lifting your head up when life gets rough. It's about not letting anything stop you from what the Lord has for you. The message permeates each and every song. So go get Go Get Your Life Back!