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Heartbroken after his mother died in 2005, the usually prolific Richard Smallwood spent the next four years without writing a song. Promises — and once you hear the album, that’s a layered choice of a title — is the conceptual result of Smallwood emerging from these dark times, with an uplifting outlook on both life and death. This album-long conversation with God begins with a dramatic, Hollywood-like intro, swerves into classic gospel-choir territory, and then travels across many musical genres. Highlight “Mender” nostalgically incorporates some New Jack Swing, while “Praying for Peace” chills out smooth jazz style with special guest vocalist Lalah Hathaway. Longtime fans of the man’s work with the choir should check “Trust Me,” which comes with a fascinating arrangement where voices seem to sway back and forth. In the end, Smallwood’s return is as poignant as expected, but that he was able to innovate and evolve with such a heavy heart is stunning.
Absolutely Life Changing!!
Richard Smallwood and Vision have returned with the most explosive and on time annointing imaginable! The lyrics, music and vocals are absolutely flawless! Every song speaks and encourages what we are going through in this time and brings to us encouragement and understanding. I have cried, rejoiced, and cried again while listening to Promises because it is truly a life line to my situation. This CD is a MUST PURCHASE as it will give you the support and encouragement you need.
Born: November 30, 1948 in Atlanta, GA
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by Richard Smallwood
||Center of My Joy||The Center of My Joy (Studio Series Performance Track) - Single||5:25||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Total Praise||The Very Best of Praise & Worship: Songs of Praise for the Family||4:58||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Total Praise||Wow Gospel Essentials, Vol. 2||4:57||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Healing||WOW Gospel #1s||6:11||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sow In Tears||Promises||6:06||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Trust Me (With Vision) [Extended Version]||Trust Me (With Vision) [Extended Version] - Single||6:17||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Trust Me||Promises||5:03||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||God of Promise||Promises||4:06||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Don't Cry||The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin||6:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Trust Me (with Vision) [Radio Edit]||WOW Gospel 2012||4:22||$1.29||View In iTunes|