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Brenda Lee – Gospel Duets With Treasured Friends

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Brenda Lee - Gospel Duets with Treasured Friends

Brenda Lee - Gospel Duets with Treasured Friends

Bottom Line:

Little Miss Dynamite has done it again! She gathered some of her many friends and recorded an album she's wanted to do since she started recording. It is an uplifting collection of gospel music and the vocals are nothing short of amazing. If you are a fan of good Southern Gospel music, then this album has to be a part of your collection.

The Dream Becomes a Reality

Brenda Lee has been a staple part of the music business since the late '50's and is a member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Over the years her music has transcended the genre barriers to be enjoyed by just about everyone, young and old alike. Her powerhouse vocals combined with her infectious personality earned her the nickname of Little Miss Dynamite early in her career. And Little Miss Dynamite she is. With all the different types of music she has performed over the years, her dream has always been to record a Gospel album and the opportunity just never came up. She says that what people may not know is that in the earliest days of her career as a child back in Atlanta, Georgia she sang with the Masterworkers Quartet. So when the chance to record a Gospel album came up, she asked some of her artistic friends to join her and the end result is musical heaven for the listener. She says that she is a personal fan of each and every artist appearing on the album with her, and it was a tremendous thrill each time she heard "yes" to the invitation to come sing with her. She found a label home with Provident Music Group and the dream became a reality.

The Music

I have always been a fan of good Southern Gospel music. I've grown up with all the songs on the album, and the delivery has so much emotion that you can't help but be drawn in. I also find this style of music to be soothing and relaxing. It is pretty hard to pick favorites because each and every song is perfectly suited to the duet team singing it. "This Old House" is a duet with Dolly Parton. Both Parton and Lee have very distinctive voices and both are vocal powerhouses, so you would wonder if they would simply overpower each other. But the answer is a resounding no! Parton slides easily into harmony mode while they have a blast with this song. It talks about memories of a home, but there is no need to fix it up because it is time to meet their Savior. Legendary George Jones joins Lee for "Have A Little Talk With Jesus." I really enjoyed the arrangement of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" which emphasizes the lyrics by using the Bass and finger snapping for a catchy rhythm. Kix Brooks was the perfect choice for a duet partner on it. The pure voice of Alison Krauss is perfect for "In The Garden." And the Smokey/Bluesy voice of Huey Lewis blends with Lee's beautifully on "Oh! Happy Day," and you can really hear the organ in the background. Overall, this is one of the best albums I've heard in a long time and has fast become a favorite in my collection.

Track List

  1. This Old House – w/Dolly Parton
  2. Have A Little Talk With Jesus – w/George Jones
  3. In the Garden – w/Alison Krauss
  4. I Saw the Light – w/Vince Gill
  5. Jesus Loves Me – w/Emmylou Harris
  6. Precious Memories – w/Pam Tillis
  7. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – w/Kix Brooks
  8. This Little Light of Mine – w/Charlie Daniels
  9. Uncloudy Day – w/Martina McBride
  10. Where Could I Go But To The Lord – w/Ronnie Dunn
  11. Oh! Happy Day – w/Huey Lewis

*songs subject to change on final album cut

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