Gospel: Spring 2024

Monarch Gospel Recommendations

JASON NELSON
Yahweh

Jason Nelson’s “Yahweh” featuring Melvin Crispell III is a powerful gospel ballad that lifts the spirit and touches the soul. Nelson’s impassioned vocals soar alongside Crispell’s stirring piano accompaniment, creating a deeply moving and worshipful atmosphere. The song’s lyrics exalt the name of God, proclaiming his majesty and sovereignty with reverence and awe. With its heartfelt sincerity and rich harmonies, “Yahweh” invites listeners into a sacred space of praise and adoration. Nelson and Crispell’s collaboration is a testament to the transformative power of music to connect hearts to the divine, making “Yahweh” a standout anthem of faith and devotion.

CECE WINANS
More Than This

CeCe Winans’ More Than This is a soul-stirring gospel album that showcases her unparalleled vocal prowess and heartfelt lyrical depth. Each track is a testament to Winans’s unwavering faith and devotion as she delivers powerful performances filled with emotion and conviction. From the stirring balladry of “Never Lost” to the uplifting praise of “Believe for It,” the album exudes a sense of hope and resilience. Winans’s impeccable vocal control and nuanced delivery captivate listeners, drawing them into moments of worship and reflection. More Than This is a testament to Winans’s enduring legacy as a gospel music icon and delivers a spiritually uplifting listening experience.

KIRK WHALUM
Epic Cool

Kirk Whalum’s Epic Cool is a masterful fusion of jazz, R&B, and soul showcasing his virtuosity as a saxophonist and composer. Each track is a sonic journey blending smooth melodies with intricate rhythms and lush arrangements. Whalum’s expressive saxophone playing takes center stage, effortlessly weaving through layers of instrumentation with precision and soulful expression. From the infectious groove of “Get Your Wings Up” to the intimate balladry of “Now ‘Til Forever,” the album is a testament to Whalum’s versatility and artistry. Epic Cool is a captivating listening experience that reaffirms Whalum’s status as a preeminent figure in contemporary jazz.

ME’KAYLA & CHURCHPPL
Werking

Me’Kayla & ChurchPpl’s “Werking” is a dynamic blend of gospel, R&B, and hip-hop pulsating with infectious energy and spiritual fervor. The track exudes confidence and celebration, with Me’Kayla’s commanding vocals leading the charge. From the vibrant instrumentation to the tight harmonies of ChurchPpl, every element comes together to create an uplifting and empowering listening experience. “Werking” is more than just a song; it’s a declaration of resilience and determination, inspiring listeners to embrace their identity and purpose. With its irresistible groove and powerful message, Me’Kayla and ChurchPpl deliver a standout track that leaves a lasting impact on the heart and soul.

ACE CLARK & MALI MUSIC
9 To 5

Ace Clark and Mali Music’s collaboration, “9 to 5,” is a soul-stirring anthem that captures the struggles and triumphs of everyday life. Mali Music’s smooth vocals blend seamlessly with Ace Clark’s introspective lyricism, painting a vivid picture of the grind and hustle to make ends meet. The track’s laid-back groove and melodic hooks draw listeners in, while its poignant lyrics resonate deeply, touching on themes of perseverance and chasing dreams despite adversity. “9 to 5” is more than just a song; it’s a reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the power of music to inspire and uplift.