11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Not since the heyday of dcTalk has a Christian pop group married radical faith with killer grooves as expertly as Royal Tailor does on its self-titled sophomore album. The quartet has honed its music to a still-finer edge on its second outing, delivering ear-snagging praise tunes while branching out into more challenging realms. Lead singer Tauren Wells distinguishes himself with emotive performances that compare favorably with the recent work of Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars. As an ensemble, the band fuses kinetic force with a sure grasp of supple rhythms as it spreads a message of rebirth and empowerment. High-energy outings like “Got That Fire,” “Ready Set Go," and “Making Me New” are galvanizing anthems driven by propulsive beats and punctuated by guitar heroics. “Jesus Love”—featuring testimony by Toby Mac—stands out as a funkified God-centered celebration. Ballads like “Love Song” and “You Are My Rescue” are smooth yet forceful. Most ambitious is “Fight for Freedom (Let the Walls Fall),” a nearly six-minute track that shifts from a simmering march into a dramatic rallying cry, all in the service of spiritual liberation.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Not since the heyday of dcTalk has a Christian pop group married radical faith with killer grooves as expertly as Royal Tailor does on its self-titled sophomore album. The quartet has honed its music to a still-finer edge on its second outing, delivering ear-snagging praise tunes while branching out into more challenging realms. Lead singer Tauren Wells distinguishes himself with emotive performances that compare favorably with the recent work of Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars. As an ensemble, the band fuses kinetic force with a sure grasp of supple rhythms as it spreads a message of rebirth and empowerment. High-energy outings like “Got That Fire,” “Ready Set Go," and “Making Me New” are galvanizing anthems driven by propulsive beats and punctuated by guitar heroics. “Jesus Love”—featuring testimony by Toby Mac—stands out as a funkified God-centered celebration. Ballads like “Love Song” and “You Are My Rescue” are smooth yet forceful. Most ambitious is “Fight for Freedom (Let the Walls Fall),” a nearly six-minute track that shifts from a simmering march into a dramatic rallying cry, all in the service of spiritual liberation.

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About Royal Tailor

Blending pop, rock, and R&B with worship, Royal Tailor offer energetic melodies that inspire audiences to dance as well as pray. The members -- vocalist Tauren Wells, guitarist DJ Cox, bassist Blake Hubbard, and drummer Jarrod Ingram -- met in Indianapolis, Indiana at Indiana Bible College in the mid-2000s, forming the band to celebrate their Christian identity and call their peers to action. Wanting to give back to the community, the band spent a year mentoring youth in music and worship at the university’s Granite City, Illinois church. Soon after, the foursome began touring, performing over 300 shows in under two years and self-releasing the Royal Tailor EP in 2009. With the help of progressive worship band Leeland, Royal Tailor parlayed the EP into a record deal with Provident Music, relocated to Nashville, and began working on their full-length debut. The result was 2011’s hopeful, bright Black & White. Leadoff single “Hold Me Together” further boosted the band’s profile, landing on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums and Top Independent Albums charts. ~ Chrysta Cherrie

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