CD Mini-Review: Inspirations – Pray For Me

CD Mini-Review: Inspirations – Pray For Me

inspirations2016prayformemaxLabel: Horizon Records
Producers: Jeff Collins, Martin Cook & Scott Barnet
Songs: Daniel Prayed; God’s Already There; Pray For Me; Child Of The King; Surely I Come Quickly; It’s Under The Blood; Onward To The Goal; What All The Shoutin’s About; Jesus Picked A Rose; Sweet Beulah Land
Rating: 4 Stars (scale of 1-5)

Pray For Me is the first Inspirations recording featuring tenor singer Harold Reed and bass singer Joe Brown. Both men joined the group in early 2015. Although he isn’t pictured on the CD cover, you’ll also hear the vocals of baritone Melton Campbell who left the group after the studio work had been completed. This is the second Inspirations CD cover in a row to display just three vocalists. (2014’s God’s Word Will Stand lacked a tenor singer.)

New songs like “God’s Already There” (Joseph Habedank/Leah Sandlin), “Surely I Come Quickly” (Dianne Wilkinson), and “Onward To The Goal” (Wilkinson/Rebecca Peck) sound right at home beside classics like “Daniel Prayed” (G T Speer), Pray For Me (Jimmie Davis/Dottie Rambo) and “Sweet Beulah Land” (Squire Parsons).

Despite an almost constant state of turnover in group members, Pray For Me is the Inspiration’s best recording since 2010’s On The Sunrise Side. Reed and Brown were both well acquainted with the sound of the Inspirations long before they arrived. They sound like they’ve already been singing with veterans Matt Dibler and Melton Campbell for years. Of course, you should always remember that when you hear the Inspirations in a concert setting, the live band of Martin Cook, Myron Cook and Luke Vaught sounds nothing like the combination of Jeff Collins, Tim Surrett and David Johnson who provide all the music for this CD.

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David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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  1. Scotty Ray Searan
    Reply January 13, 22:14 #1 Scotty Ray Searan

    “Of course, you should always remember that when you hear the Inspirations in a concert setting, the live band of Martin Cook, Myron Cook and Luke Vaught sounds nothing like the combination of Jeff Collins, Tim Surrett and David Johnson who provide all the music for this CD.”

    The Inspirations band for the most part of their careers have never sounded like their recordings.

    Come to think of it, neither did the Cathedrals in their live concerts. The Cathedrals did use soundtracks, but sparingly. I remember them using them on Sunshine and Roses and Healing.

    Even when groups have live bands, there are few bands that came up sounding like their recordings.

    I can only think of two live bands that came close to giving a studio band sound. That was the Happy Goodmans and The Hinsons.

    But for the most part I don’t like soundtracks in a live concert But they are hear to stay.

    I would just as soon hear the piano, bass and a drum from a live band than the can homogenized, pasteurized music at live concerts.

    My how I miss the sounds of a 60″s,70’s and 80’s live concerts.

    Groups won’t to pattern like the Cathedrals up til they get on stage then it changes.




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    • David Bruce Murray
      Reply January 13, 23:06 David Bruce Murray Author

      You are correct that live bands seldom sound exactly like the studio musicians, of course. The reason I raise the point here is because the difference is considerably greater when it comes to the Inspirations.




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  2. djsfromcleveland
    Reply January 16, 05:22 #2 djsfromcleveland

    I just got the cd in the mail today, i liked it a lot. Glad i bought it.




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