Champion by Beckah Shae on Apple Music

15 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Energy and Spirit come together on Beckah Shae’s ninth album, Champion. Spurred on by a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Christian singer/songwriter kicks things up a notch with tracks that blend cutting-edge electronica with funky accents and a sure grasp of pop hooks. Shae anchors her lyrics in the redemptive power of faith as she emphasizes life’s second chances and hard-won triumphs. She and producer/husband Jack Shocklee get a boost from cowriters like Crystal Nicole (Beyoncé, Rihanna) and Eric Dawkins (Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera), giving the album the feel of a worship service wrapped in a party jam. Tracks like “Turbo Style,” “Heartbeat,” and the title tune deliver the Word with dancefloor heat. A strain of heroism runs through the album, heard most passionately in the defiant “Me and My God” (featuring Eric Dawkins) and the dramatic “Jericho” (a duet with Israel Houghton). Champion’s ballads—most notably “Legacy” (guest starring Crystal Lewis) and “Vision” (a techno-style rewrite of the hymn “Be Thou My Vision”)—turn down the beats without diminishing the inspirational content.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Energy and Spirit come together on Beckah Shae’s ninth album, Champion. Spurred on by a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Christian singer/songwriter kicks things up a notch with tracks that blend cutting-edge electronica with funky accents and a sure grasp of pop hooks. Shae anchors her lyrics in the redemptive power of faith as she emphasizes life’s second chances and hard-won triumphs. She and producer/husband Jack Shocklee get a boost from cowriters like Crystal Nicole (Beyoncé, Rihanna) and Eric Dawkins (Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera), giving the album the feel of a worship service wrapped in a party jam. Tracks like “Turbo Style,” “Heartbeat,” and the title tune deliver the Word with dancefloor heat. A strain of heroism runs through the album, heard most passionately in the defiant “Me and My God” (featuring Eric Dawkins) and the dramatic “Jericho” (a duet with Israel Houghton). Champion’s ballads—most notably “Legacy” (guest starring Crystal Lewis) and “Vision” (a techno-style rewrite of the hymn “Be Thou My Vision”)—turn down the beats without diminishing the inspirational content.

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About Beckah Shae

Beckah Shae bridges the pop, contemporary Christian, and praise & worship genres in her recorded work, adding positive, uplifting, and spiritual lyrics to 21st century commercial pop rhythms, beats, and arrangements. After her parents divorced when she was an infant, her mother endured several abusive marriages, setting in motion for Shae a young-adult life of depression, eating disorders, low self-esteem, and frequent moves which found her staying in cars, hotels, women’s shelters, and foster homes. Shae struggled, but always stuck with her passion for singing, and shortly after she graduated from high school, she was spotted by a talent scout. Soon, Shae found herself recording a song demo in Los Angeles and the future looked bright, but in the end, nothing came of it. In her early twenties, Shae also spent time living in Las Vegas before moving to Nashville.

There she met Jack “Shoc” Shocklee, a rising young producer who had done work with several Christian artists, including Lil’ iRocc Williams, Group 1 Crew, and tobyMac. The pair soon began working on Shae's music and songwriting. The work partnership deepened, and the pair married in August of 2004. Forming their own independent label, Shae Shoc Records, and with Shocklee producing, they released four albums, Butterfly (2006), Joy (2008), Emmanuel (2010), and Life (2010), each of which featured Shae's positive and hopeful songs set to club beats with crafty pop touches and arrangements.A fifth album, Destiny, was released in 2011. ~ Steve Leggett

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