Worship Journal

Worship Journal

by Fred HammondFred Hammond


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Since beginning his career three decades ago, singer, songwriter, and virtuoso bassist Fred Hammond has racked up enough gospel hits to fill a church. His studio craftsmanship is full of infectious, uplifting melodies, expert arranging, slick production, and riveting performances. Given how well his vision translates on record, it's a wonder it took 17 long years for him to issue a new concert recording. Worship Journal was co-produced by Hammond with Calvin Rodgers, Philip Feaster, Lawrence Jones, and Lehman Gray. All vocals and instruments were captured live, though the horn charts were later overdubbed in the studio -- they weren't on the road. The songs are autobiographical, reflecting struggle, worry, and insecurity, but they are ultimately triumphant. Check the massive groove in "The Lord Is Good" with its mean bassline and guitar vamp. "God Is My Refuge" holds drama in its intro as Hammond, supported by his chorus, allows his gorgeous tenor to express his need and commitment. The sweet sway and affirmation in "Let Me Touch the Hem" is as much a plea as a statement of faith, relating the trial of a soul mired in darkness awaiting deliverance. "John 3:16" is funky, with bright, compressed horns, a punchy bassline, and tight snares with syncopated breaks. The interplay between Hammond and his chorus is best here. The honor of closer is reserved for charting single "Father Jesus Spirit," with its anthemic choruses and '80s-style R&B instrumentation: spiraling electric pianos, spiky synths, slapped, rumbling basslines, turntable scratches, and meaty guitars. Worship Journal delivers to its audience; after all this time, Hammond hasn't forgotten how to present a concert recording.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2016
Label: Rca
UPC: 0889853434626
catalogNumber: 534346
Rank: 9246

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fred Hammond   Primary Artist,Keyboards
Lloyd Barry   Guitar Synth (Horns)
Lawrence Jones   Guitar
Joseph Anthony   Background Vocals
Maurice Fitzgerald   Bass Guitar
Calvin Rodgers   Drums
Brian Crook   Background Vocals
Jamar Jones   Strings
Philip Feaster   Keyboards,keyboard bass
Autumn Cannon   Background Vocals
Tomeka Sanford   Background Vocals
Crystal Aikin   Background Vocals
Travis Malloy   Background Vocals
Derek "DC" Clark   scratching,Keyboards
Dwight Donyea Goodman   Keyboards
PamKenyon Logan   Background Vocals
Lehman Gray   Background Vocals
Sharon Willingham   Background Vocals
Destiny McGill   Background Vocals
Breeann Hammond   Background Vocals
Javier Sollis   Percussion
Phoebe Carvantes   Background Vocals
Robyn Reed   Background Vocals
Latisha Smith   Background Vocals
Kobie' Singleton   Background Vocals
Emerald Boyd   Background Vocals
DJ Ernie G   DJ
Ariel Boyd   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Fred Hammond   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,drum programming
Lawrence Jones   Composer
Darlene Zschech   Composer
Raymond Hammond   Executive Producer
Calvin Rodgers   Composer,Producer
Jude del Hierro   Composer
Jamar Jones   Composer
Jared Johnson   Composer
Courtney Walter   Graphic Design
Philip Feaster   Composer,Producer
Michelle Holme   Cover Design
Shelton Summons   Composer
Joseph Burney   Executive Producer
Travis Malloy   Composer
Derek "DC" Clark   Composer,Executive Producer,drum programming
PamKenyon Logan   Executive Producer
Flint Chaney   Assistant Photographer

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