Personnel includes: Fred Hammond (vocals, bass, programming); Joann Rosario (vocals); Joey Woolfalk (acoustic & electric guitars); Daryl Dixon (guitar); Raphael Price, Christopher Burton, Patricia Moore, Tony Krempa, Brenneta Horst, Sidney Skinner (violin); Leslie DeShazor, Anthony Cheung (viola); Tanya Bennett Charis Price (cello); Clifton Brokington (trumpet); Marvin Thompson (trombone); Tommie Walker (keyboards, programming); Noel Hall (keyboards); Marvin McQuitty (drums, percussion); Dana Davis (drums); Darius Fentress (percussion); PamKenyon M. Donald, Bryan J. Pratt, Frederick J. Purifoy II, Verdena Charlayne "Polly Taylor, Eugenia "Bootsie" Newman, The Singletons (background vocals); Mary Mary.
Producers: Fred Hammond, Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell.
Recorded at Face To Face Studios, Southfield, Michigan.
SPEAK THOSE THINGS: POL CHAPTER 3 was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.
Biz insiders call Fred Hammond "the Babyface of gospel," due to his multitude of talents. Skilled as a producer, singer, songwriter, musician, and label boss, Hammond made music news with the groups Commissioned and Radical For Christ, and has made more inroads into the music mainstream then nearly any other contemporary gospel artist. The third chapter of Hammond's PAGES OF LIFE series arrives in sufficiently resplendent fashion to match the expectations of fans.
The breadth of Hammond's musicianship is evident throughout; the undulating "Show Yourself Strong" flirts with Latin rhythms, while "You are My Daily Bread" opens with a highly syncopated, African-sounding beat, and Mary Mary makes a guest appearance, adding some sassy R&B vocals to the hip-hop-inflected "Great." But at the end of the day, it's the impassioned voices of Hammond and his choir delivering heartfelt songs of praise that make up the spiritual center of SPEAK THOSE THINGS.
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