12 Songs, 1 Hour, 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The music of J.J. Hairston and Youthful Praise is incredibly popular, and it’s easy to see why; the 20-year-old choir has tapped into a bold, brassy take on urban gospel with After This. Youthful Praise has previously worked with SWV, Destiny’s Child, and Shirley Caesar. Its worship-style jams give praise with steamrolling energy and knowledge of grace. Here, the group is joined by John P. Kee, Hezekiah Walker, Bishop Eric McDaliets, LaShun Pace, Lisa Knowles, and Minon Bolton. There are a few more old-school-sounding numbers that are successful: notably “The Blood,” “I Am,” and “Grateful.” But it’s the jumped-up, propulsive songs like “After This,” “Lord of All,” and “My King” that really move the soul and may give your feet the urge to get up and move around as well.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The music of J.J. Hairston and Youthful Praise is incredibly popular, and it’s easy to see why; the 20-year-old choir has tapped into a bold, brassy take on urban gospel with After This. Youthful Praise has previously worked with SWV, Destiny’s Child, and Shirley Caesar. Its worship-style jams give praise with steamrolling energy and knowledge of grace. Here, the group is joined by John P. Kee, Hezekiah Walker, Bishop Eric McDaliets, LaShun Pace, Lisa Knowles, and Minon Bolton. There are a few more old-school-sounding numbers that are successful: notably “The Blood,” “I Am,” and “Grateful.” But it’s the jumped-up, propulsive songs like “After This,” “Lord of All,” and “My King” that really move the soul and may give your feet the urge to get up and move around as well.

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About Youthful Praise

Known for its brand of exuberant, urban-tinged gospel and praise & worship songs, Youthful Praise is anchored by James "J.J." Hairston, who both directs the choir and writes most of its material. Formed in 2001 out of Turner's Faith Temple in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the choir was originally known as Teens of TFT, and released a debut album, Awesome God, that same year on Evidence Gospel. A second album, Thank You for the Change, which featured a guest spot by Coko, arrived in 2004, followed by Live! The Praise...The Worship, a year later in 2005.

Television appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Bobby Jones Gospel and performances with Joan Osborne, Shirley Caesar, and Destiny's Child increased the choir's visibility and fan base, as did its exuberant, energetic live shows and urban affinities. Exalted, recorded live in Baltimore, Maryland, was released on both CD and DVD in 2007. It would be five years before the next album, After This, arrived in the spring of 2012, with I See Victory following in 2014. Two years later, the single "You Deserve It" heralded the release of the next album by Hairston and Youthful Praise. The album, also called You Deserve It, appeared in March 2017 with featured appearances from Maranda Willis, Travis Greene, and Bishop Cortez Vaughn. ~ Steve Leggett

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