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The introduction of this Canadian quartet's soulful "speakeasy gospel" could hardly be a more welcome contrast to the derivative pop and rock that was dominating CCM radio at the time of their self-titled release. A delightfully rhythmic blend of '50s-style soul, '70s-style funk and '90s-style jam rock, Newworldson's debut hinted at their dynamic live shows. Vocalist Joel Parisien, drummer Mark Rogers, bassist Rich Moore, and guitarist/vocalist Josh Toal originally met in a jazz club. As they welded together a fusion of roots rock, blues, jazz, and old-timey gospel, they gained a steady following that eventually resulted in a deal with Inpop Records. It wasn't too much of a stretch to compare the group's transformation of Christian hit radio to the way that the Dave Matthews Band spun alternative music on its side in the mid-'90s. Like Matthews, Parisien had a recognizable voice and a uniquely talented rhythm section that kept the music from ever taking itself too seriously. The transient "Citybus Lovesong," for example, employed a kazoo solo. This didn't mean that the music lacked substance, however. Each song evoked a passionate gospel witness with heartfelt storytelling and admissions of dependence. Such personalized handiwork helped make Newworldson's debut one of 2008's most enjoyable, well-written albums.


Formed: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '00s

A Canadian gospel quartet, Newworldson were formed in the waning years of the first decade of the 21st century, and within a short time found themselves winning awards and playing with some of the genre's titans. Taking musical cues from such luminaries as Jamie Cullum, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and Spencer Davis, Newworldson released their first album in 2007. Entitled Roots Revolution, the album and the band's unique sound earned the band awards (Best New Artist and Roots/Folk Album of the Year...
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