A Piece of My Passion

A Piece of My Passion

by Juanita BynumJuanita Bynum


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Not even the staunchest music skeptic expected A Piece of My Passion, Juanita Bynum's third album, to become the gospel smash it did in 2006. The two-disc set topped Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart for weeks, and it wasn't long until Bynum scored for herself her first gold album. It was an impressive feat no matter how you looked at it: Bynum's day job isn't music, the album was released independently, and there was no blockbuster marketing plan behind it. Instead, the flocks who bought A Piece of My Passion did so based on Bynum's multimedia appeal: she's a self-proclaimed prophetess, best-selling author, speaker, televangelist...and now bona fide contemporary gospel singer. But the thing with Passion is how little of it actually is gospel music. Opener "Break Forth Praise" reminds one of a Sunday morning shout session all right, but from there on out the album takes a dramatic turn. Unexpectedly, Bynum turns into an adult contemporary balladeer, as one song after the next consists of sumptuous, densely orchestrated pop numbers large on sentiment and zeal -- think "Wind Beneath My Wings"-era Bette Midler gone inspirational. Curiously, many of the songs come from unlikely sources, like "Above All Else," a song written by U.K. worship leaderVicky Beeching but attributed mistakenly to CCM-er Rebecca St. James in the liner notes (on a similar note, some songs penned by Hillsong Australia songwriters are credited to Hillsong, not to the songwriters themselves). This adds sloppiness to a set that, while heartfelt, it's ultimately too long and overdone to the point of exhaustion. A Piece of My Passion probably makes for a decent post-conference souvenir for those lining up to see Bynum, but in practice, it's far from being the homerun its chart positioning lets on.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/17/2006
Label: Flow Records
UPC: 0829569930128
catalogNumber: 9301

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Juanita Bynum   Primary Artist,Vocals
Dave Cleveland   Guitar
John Hammond   Drums
Jimmy Neuble   Bass
Scott Williamson   Drums
Tim Mole   Acoustic Guitar
Myron Williams   Keyboards,Vocals
Kemmerin Blalark   Drums
Darrell Freeman   Bass
Michael Bereal   Organ,Bass,Piano,Drums
Robin Brookins   Track Performer
Austin Moore   Drums
Craig Neilsen   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Scott Wesley Brown   Composer
Lloyd Barry   String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Benjamin J. Goss   Engineer
Gerald Hairston   Engineer
Rebecca St. James   Composer
Wesley Tuttle   Composer
Jonathan Jones   Graphic Design
Juanita Bynum   Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Patrick Love   Composer
Myron Williams   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum machine,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming,Brass Arrangment,Audio Production
Melvin Crispell   Composer
Jason Upton   Composer
Stephen A. Hurd   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Robert W. "JoJo" Hill   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming,Brass Arrangment

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