(2012) The Introduction

Zacardi Cortez

... read moreKicking off with an intro that's entirely jazz fusion, gospel singer Zacardi Cortez brings a '70s and '80s feel to his debut album, The Introduction, bringing reminders of Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang, the Time, and Washington, D.C.'s go-go music scene throughout this exciting release. Then...

56′:36″ 13 Songs

1
Intro
Zacardi Cortez
0:45
2
Praise You
Zacardi Cortez
5:54
3
God Held Me Together
Zacardi Cortez
5:05
4
Every Promise
Zacardi Cortez
4:56
5
Living For You
Zacardi Cortez
4:06
6
For Me
Zacardi Cortez
4:40
7
Come Bless The Lord
Zacardi Cortez
4:30
8
One More Time
Zacardi Cortez
4:20
9
Mighty God
Zacardi Cortez
3:40
10
Alright
Zacardi Cortez
3:35
11
It Was Love
Zacardi Cortez
4:08
12
Hymn Medley
Zacardi Cortez
5:39
13
He Brought Me
Zacardi Cortez
5:18
Released 22 May 2012, Worldwide Music

Review

Kicking off with an intro that's entirely jazz fusion, gospel singer Zacardi Cortez brings a '70s and '80s feel to his debut album, The Introduction, bringing reminders of Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang, the Time, and Washington, D.C.'s go-go music scene throughout this exciting release. Then there's the voice, a natural powerhouse that still stands out in a genre that has plenty. Add a top-notch set of tunes, from the hit single "One More Time" to the church organ classic run-through called "Hymn Medley," plus an all-star guest list -- John P. Kee, Lalah Hathaway, Fred Hammond, and James Fortune are practically the lineup of That's What I Call Gospel 2012 -- and this is an easy-to-recommend debut that keeps rewarding return visits. ~ David Jeffries