Sounds like … Atlantic Starr with a decidedly Christian message, with hints of BeBe & CeCe Winans, Babyface or Whitney Houston
At a glance … a balance between old-school and modern R&B peppered with contemporary gospel
David & Marian Lewis may be new to the gospel scene, but they're already known quantities in pop music. As lead singer and songwriter for R&B group Atlantic Starr, David scored a slew of hits including "Always," "Masterpiece," and "Secret Lovers" before finding Jesus and departing the group at the height of its success. Though she's always been a singer, Marian was best known as a face of the Eileen Ford Agency and working for such famous designers as Bob Mackie and Liz Claiborne.
After tying the knot in 1993 and taking time out to raise a family, the music bug eventually returned, this time as a duo with a Christian slant. David's production on this project is just as crisp and relevant to its genre as it was back in the day, while the pair's voices gel seamlessly just like brother/sister pair BeBe & CeCe Winans.
Contemporary gospel fans may prefer more spiritually overt cuts like "Leaning on the Lord" or "Shine Your Light," but there's a seeker sensitivity on "Purpose" and "On the Other Side." No matter the tone, David's soothing voice runs is as smooth as Babyface's, while Marian's soulfulness recalls Whitney Houston crossed with gospel great Deleon Richards, making One an easygoing yet consistently uplifting listen.
Others worth noting:
Jason BurtonThe Remnant and the Harlot
Style: pop/worship; Andrew Peterson, Jason Gray, Mark Heard
In a nutshell: This introspective praise artist combines coffeehouse rhythms with warm vocals, backed by top-notch session ...1
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