A Family's Praise

Pour Out Your Holy Spirit The Singletons, FHammond Music/Verity
by Andrea R. Williams

The Singletons

The second offering from gospel great Fred Hammond's label, FHammond Music, is the debut of the Singletons. The group - consisting of three sisters, two nephews and three nieces - enters the gospel music scene with their project Pour Out Your Holy Spirit.

The title cut, featured on Hammond's compilation In Case You Missed It, And Then Some, is a festive groove complete with strong vocals from this Lansing, Michigan, family. Hammond's influence is apparent throughout this release, but his signature is most noticeable on cuts such as the funky, rock-tinged track "Bring Him In," and on the calypso-influenced "Hallelujah."

The group is obviously called to minister through worship and praise. The pensive "All of My Days" and the melodic "Hope Now in Him" and the project into a worship mode. Yet praisers will enjoy such songs as the upbeat "Fight On" and the dance mix "Wait." The group also includes songs of encouragement such as "A Season of Change" and "Hold On."

Family singing groups usually having the ability to harmonize impeccably, and the Singletons are no exception. But it's not just the sound of the project that is pristine. It's a rarity to see a family of young people in their 20s and 30s offering genuine praise to God. It's nice to see and makes for an impressive debut.

Reprinted with permission from Charisma, (October 2002). ? Strang Communications Co., USA. All rights reserved. www.charismamag.com

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