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It's Time
  • Artist: Monique Thomas
  • Label: CD Baby
  • UPC: 634479768576
  • Item #: SRD976857
  • Genre: Gospel
  • Release Date: 4/8/2008
  • Rank: 1000000000
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It's Time on CD

Creativity and tradition are not opposed. Originating from Black American religious chants, Gospel is the major artistic expression of the spiritual culture, and it's musical influence has long since gone beyond it's religious confines : although we cannot attribute it with the paternity of jazz, it had a strong influence on this music and is at the very root of soul music. Inspired by and rooted in tradition, Gospel defies trends and brings with it a universal profoundness. From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA), Monique Thomas very early joined the chorals of her local Baptist churches and in many of them became lead singer. Immersed in both the radition of spirituals and in contemporary soul, she developed her own interpretation of Gospel. Living in France since 1998, she has finally found the opportunity to lay claim to her culture with an original project in the European Gospel landscape. VOICES OF PRAISE is a thoroughly modern approach to Gospel, both in it's respect for tradition and in it's intention of faith, and, with a modern orchestration, is directly linked to the blues, funk and R'N'B cultures. ABOUT THE ALBUM 'IT's TIME' : Produced, Recorded & Mixed by D.Ottaviani & N.Veysseyre All Lead Vocals by Monique Thomas, except « Praise You » by Cunnie Williams All Lyrics and Vocal Arrangements by M.Thomas with Monique Thomas, Tiana razafi, Laura Mujica, Isabelle Ouvrard, Bastien Picot, Keren Nonirit, Florent Mateo, Lucienne Razafi, Bene Maillot (Voc), Laurent Agnes (trp), Sebastien Arruti (trb), Alain Coyral (sx), Patrick Villanueva, Lionel Fortin, Alexandre Millet, Thomas Drouart (keys), Nicolas Veysseyre (bass) and Didier Ottaviani (drums). Special Guest CUNNIE WILLIAMS (courtesy of ULM France) on 'PRAISE YOU' & special appearance of the CIAM GOSPEL CHOIR on 'Don't Be Shy'. PRESS : 'The Gospel of Voices of Praise was announced as being rejuvenated. You donÕt say ! (...) Monique Thomas, Tiana Razafi, Isabelle Ouvrard and Laura Mujica have different voices, some clear, others husky, others deep. But they all have two points in common: incredible power, and an extraordinary vocal range, from the highest Whitney Houston to the deepest Louis Armstrong' -Philippe Léglise - LE JOURNAL DE SAONE ET LOIRE 'This formation adapts some of the gospel staples (Thomas A. Dorsey, Mahalia Jackson, James Cleaveland) but also some more modern arrangements (Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams) and some original adaptations of negro spirituals. Inspired by their deeply rooted gospel culture, V.O.P. integrate all the elements of this tradition in a repertoire that takes you directly to the pews of a Harlem church.' - JAZZMAN 'Four superb voices, each with it's own register: the husky and feline Isabelle, the more acidulous voice of the Spanish woman Laura, the silky, velvety notes of Tiana, from Madagascar... and, sometimes higher, sometimes lower, the powerful sonority of Monique Thomas who follows, dominates, responds or simply goes solo...' - SUD OUEST ' Voices of Praise propose du nouveau gospel. Surtout ne prenez pas cette étiquette de nouveauté comme un truc bizarre façon Pierre Boullez. La nouveauté s'inscrit dans l'orchestration, plus moderne, plus proche du blues, du funk ou du R'n'B. Mais on reste bien dans les standards du genre, qui triomphent aussi bien à Jazz Naturel que dans les églises de Harlem, qui fait se lever et danser les spectateurs.' - D.N. - LA REPUBLIQUE ' Le Gospel de Voices of Praise avait été annoncé comme dépoussiéré. Ce n'est rien de le dire ! (...) Monique Thomas, Tiana Razafi, Isabelle Ouvrard et Laura Mujica ont des voix très différentes, les unes claires, d'autres rauques, d'autres profondes. Mais toutes ces voix ont deux points en commun. Une puissance faramineuse et une extraordinaire étendue vocale, qui va du plus haut de Withney Houston au plus bas de Louis Armstrong ' - Philippe Léglise - LE JOURNAL DE SAONE ET LOIRE ' Cette formation adapte quelques standards de gospel (Thomas A. Dorsey, Mahalia Jackson, James Cleaveland) mais aussi des arrangements plus modernes (Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams) et des adaptations originales des negro spirituals. S'inspirant de sa culture profondément ancrée dans les racines du gospel, V.O.P. intègre tous les éléments de cette tradition dans un répertoire qui vous emmène directement sur les bancs d'une église de Harlem. '- JAZZMAN ' Quatre voix superbes, chacune dans son registre : celle rauque et féline d'Isabelle, celle plus acidulée de l'Espagnole Laura, celle soyeuse et veloutée de Tiana, originaire de Madagascar... et, parfois au-dessus, d'autres fois en-dessous, la puissante sonorité de Monique Thomas suivant, dominant, répondant ou s'exprimant en solo... ' - SUD OUEST.