So glad that I got a call from producer/A&R guru Brian Bacchus, who was excited to tell me about his latest project, Lizz Wright’s Fellowship. He’s right: It’s going to be called a gospel record, but that will entirely miss the point. Yes, it has gospel elements, but it’s also an American roots album that highlights, in these divisive times, the things we have in common musically. Her voice is pleasingly husky, at times reminding me of Toni Childs.
I’ve written a longer review, which will appear on the TheRoot.com shortly. In the meantime, check out the album’s title track, in which she reworks Meshell Ndegeocello’s song from Comfort Woman: