Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Wow Gospel #1S

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Wow Gospel #1S

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WOW GOSPEL #1s Various artists (Verity, 2007)

Let the church say, "Amen?" to Wow Gospel #1s: 30 of the Greatest Gospel Hits Ever! This two-disc CD, packed with dozens of major gospel artists from the past and present, will have even the most staid Catholics clapping their hands, stomping their feet, shaking their heads, and even in tears. And gospel fans will find it an excellent addition to their CD collections.

Wow opens with "Brighter Day," an upbeat, foot-tapping number by Grammy-winning artist Kirk Franklin and his 17-member choir, The Family. The lyrics profess the happiness and serenity that come with God's love. "Shackles;' sung by the sister duo Mary, Mary (Tina and Erica Atkins-Campbell), calls for people's chains to be taken off their feet so they can dance and praise the Lord. The song makes you want to do just that.

Gospel music is conversational and rhythmic. From the time of slavery, it has given hope and been a balm. …

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