James Fortune & FIYA/FIYA/James Fortune: The James Fortune & FIYA Story: Songs & Videos: Greatest Hits

Audio Samples

>I Trust You/Testimony
>You Survived
>God Can (Intro)
>God Can - (featuring Micah Stampley)
>Blood, The - (featuring Zacardi Cortez/Micah Stampley)
>I Believe - (featuring Zacardi Cortez/Shawn McElmore)
>I Wouldn't Know You - (featuring Keith Wonderboy Johnson)
>Bounce Back [Live Version] - (featuring William Murphy)
>Greatest, The - (featuring Kierra Sheard/Canton Jones)
>I Need Your Glory - (featuring William Murphy)
>Holy Is Our God - (featuring Tye Tribbett)
>My Dance - (featuring Keith Johnson/Gary "Eb" Monroe)
>Holy Ghost Holiday - (featuring Tye Tribbett/Canton Jones)
>I Trust You
>Encore
>Holy Night
>I Believe
>I Trust You
>Bounce Back
>Battle Is Over, The
>If You Want To
>I Wouldn't Know You
>Encore Sermonette
>Encore
>It Was You
>You Are Here - (featuring Zacardi Cortez)
>Holy Is Our God
>I Want to Praise You
>Draw Me - (featuring Josiah Martin)
>Blood, The - (featuring Zacardi Cortez)
>Praise Break
>I Need Your Glory - (featuring William Murphy)

Track List

>I Trust You/Testimony
>You Survived
>God Can (Intro)
>God Can - (featuring Micah Stampley)
>Blood, The - (featuring Zacardi Cortez/Micah Stampley)
>I Believe - (featuring Zacardi Cortez/Shawn McElmore)
>I Wouldn't Know You - (featuring Keith Wonderboy Johnson)
>Bounce Back [Live Version] - (featuring William Murphy)
>Greatest, The - (featuring Kierra Sheard/Canton Jones)
>I Need Your Glory - (featuring William Murphy)
>Holy Is Our God - (featuring Tye Tribbett)
>My Dance - (featuring Keith Johnson/Gary "Eb" Monroe)
>Holy Ghost Holiday - (featuring Tye Tribbett/Canton Jones)
>I Trust You
>Encore
>Holy Night
>I Believe
>I Trust You
>Bounce Back
>Battle Is Over, The
>If You Want To
>I Wouldn't Know You
>Encore Sermonette
>Encore
>It Was You
>You Are Here - (featuring Zacardi Cortez)
>Holy Is Our God
>I Want to Praise You
>Draw Me - (featuring Josiah Martin)
>Blood, The - (featuring Zacardi Cortez)
>Praise Break
>I Need Your Glory - (featuring William Murphy)

Album Notes

If there is a gospel artist for the economically troubled times of the first two decades of the 21st century, it must be James Fortune. The Houston-based Fortune, who acts in the manner of a master of ceremonies and choral leader for his group FIYA (which stands for Free In Yahweh's Abundance), has scored popular success with his albums You Survived, The Transformation, Encore, and I Believe: Live, featuring such singles as "You Survived," "God Can," "I Trust You," "Encore," "I Wouldn't Know You," and "I Believe." All are featured on this best-of, which, it seems safe to say, is the only greatest-hits album that has ever begun with the artist's confession about being homeless. This comes in "I Trust You/Testimony," in which Fortune describes living in a hotel room with his family while trying to minister to others. "God Can (Intro)," meanwhile, is a playlet in which a woman is heard pleading on the phone with her estranged boyfriend and her sister after her electricity has been turned off. Fortune's message is that faith in God will overcome such economic challenges. He uses the FIYA choir singing over hip-hop arrangements, plus a succession of emphatic soloists (Micah Stampley, Zacardi Cortez, Shawn McLemore, Keith Wonderboy Johnson, Kierra Sheard, William Murphy, Tye Tribbert, Gary "EB" Monroe, and Canton Jones), while he himself delivers gruff interjections, sometimes anticipating the choir's sung lines, sometimes offering observations about life's troubles and God's redemption. In "I Believe," he assures his listeners in contemporary vernacular that God has "pre-approved" them and that their problems have "an expiration date." "I'm excited about your future," he adds at the end. But the troubles recur. In "I Trust You," he advises his savior that he's just lost his job and "I've got more bills than money." "Encore" gets its title from a story line in which the petitioner, having previously enjoyed a recovery through God's intervention, is now in need of a second one. The music offers assurance of God's glory, even if, at times, the soloists seem to forget anything other than their own vocal ability. In particular, Cortez spends most of "The Blood" ululating enthusiastically, without much reference to the Almighty, or even the underlying song. But Fortune always brings things down to earth, serving as a messenger to God that his people are very much in need of employment and shelter. ~ William Ruhlmann



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