|Personnel: The Williams Singers (background vocals); Joshua Dunham, Phillip Lassiter, Leo Jermaine Williams, Robert "Sput" Searight, Nick Mcnack, AyRon Lewis, Ronald "Junior" Dorsey, Darrell Freeman, H. Doobie Powell, Debra Perry, Calvin Rogers, Drathoven, Eric Darken, Lloyd Berry, Lucius B. Hoskins, Stephen Lewis III, Bobby Sparks II, Nicholas Humes, Jeremiah McConico, Mark Lettieri, Marquis Sanders, Anthony "AJ" Brown Jr., Jesse Deleon, Ira "Stoic" Dean, Darek Cobbs, Christopher Payton, Lil John Roberts, Marcus Miller, Nick Baker, Mark Simmons, Titus Robertson, Lil' Tony Russell.
|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