|Posted by Nicole Jocleen on June 13, 2015 at 11:20 AM|
Hello world. Wake up you've been sleeping in. And open up your ears with the secret he's been keeping. It's out, no doubt and here goes your sound bite. All opposing forces, this what gospel sound like.-Mali Music on KIERRA "KIKI" SHEARD’s "Since I Found Christ"
When I heard Erica Campbell’s I luh God I said to myself, “The saints are going to hate this.” You want to get the saints riled up watch one of their gospel artist do something out of the box. The true nature of the saints will always come out. And I understand that all are entitled to their opinion, but where are these fearless saints when real life is happening? You know when you need your rent paid, when a tornado comes through and destroys your home, or when you are homeless on the street standing with a sign? Oh I know, they are talking negatively about you just like they are doing Erica Campbell.
And just like they did Kirk Franklin when he debuted Stomp. Remember that? They couldn’t believe that Kirk was working with Salt, a “secular” artist. But if it had not been for Kirk Franklin’s Stomp, I wouldn’t have spent nearly as much time in the church when I was a child as I did. Thank you Kirk Franklin! Your music saved my life.
Erica’s music is doing the same for children and teenagers now. Saint’s I’m sorry, but nothing stays the same. Well, nothing but the word of God. But I guarantee you that the beat behind it and the melody will continue to change. If you don’t believe me then you don’t know your gospel music history.
Let me ask you a couple of questions.
Who do you want your son looking up to Jay Z or Jamal Bryant?
What do you want your child watching Love and Hip Hop or Preachers of LA?
What do you want them listening to in their car 2 Chainz or Erica Campbell?
Am I’m not saying the latter is greater, but I am saying by denying them both you are eliminating their options.
I’m going to leave you with this. The saints were real quiet when Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner. In fact, they pulled your hoe card on that one! But y'all want to turn up because Erica Campbell said, “I luh God!” Don’t be afraid to speak up when it counts, but then blow your top over a song intended to reach the youth and bring to them a message about God.
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