"B A Beacon (Se' Un Faro)" – Everett Drake

“B A Beacon (Se’ Un Faro)”
Everett Drake
From the CD, Amen Goes Right There! (2011)
Dherico Music

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It’s not often that you get to hear something like “B A Beacon (Se’ Un Faro)” from Everett Drake.  The reason is that he’s usually seen churning out more traditional tunes with Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones and the Nashville Super Choir.  With songs like this quick-paced Latin jazz piece though, Drake shows that he’s quite capable of writing (along with the project’s producer Derrick Lee) and performing a diverse repertoire of gospel and inspirational music. 

Vocalist Kyla Jade and trumpeter Rod McGaha join Drake on “B A Beacon (Se’ Un Faro)” urging, “B A beacon, let your light shine!” 

“I Trust In God” – The Frierson Brothers

“I Trust In God”
The Frierson Brothers (2012)
Available on iTunes

The Frierson Brothers retrieve the lyrics of a sacred hymn and, with a contemporary edge, render a heartfelt delivery of “I Trust In God” (also known to many as “My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me”).

The chord progressions delve into complexity at times, but the message remains both simple and reassuring: “…come what may, from day to day, My Heav’nly Father watches over me.”

The Frierson Brothers will soon release the group’s second CD.  The first, Over There, was produced by Derrick Lee and released in 2007.  Just the year prior, in 2006, the brothers were featured in a series of performances at The House of Blues Gospel Brunch in Atlantic City, NJ.