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Album Review

Kicking off with an intro that's entirely jazz fusion, gospel singer Zacardi Cortez brings a '70s and '80s feel to his debut album, The Introduction, bringing reminders of Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang, the Time, and Washington, D.C.'s go-go music scene throughout this exciting release. Then there's the voice, a natural powerhouse that still stands out in a genre that has plenty. Add a top-notch set of tunes, from the hit single "One More Time" to the church organ classic run-through called "Hymn Medley," plus an all-star guest list — John P. Kee, Lalah Hathaway, Fred Hammond, and James Fortune are practically the lineup of That's What I Call Gospel 2012 — and this is an easy-to-recommend debut that keeps rewarding return visits.

Biography

Born: 17 September 1985 in Houston, TX

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Combining his full-bodied voice and a funky '80s throwback attitude, gospel singer Zacardi Cortez was a member of James Fortune's FIYA project before launching his solo career. Having grown up touring the gospel circuit with his family band, the Cortez Family, Zacardi was mentored on the road by John P. Kee. After an appearance on Kee's 2005 release, Live at the Fellowship, Cortez joined Fortune's FIYA, singing lead on their 2007 album, The Transformation, and its Top 20 single, "The Blood." With...
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