The Law of Confession, Part 1
By Monica P. Watkins for GospelMusicChannel.com
Donald Lawrence is a gifted producer, composer, songwriter and recording artist, arguably one of the most noted names in gospel music today. Fans all over the world are applauding Lawrence returns to the scene after a five-year break from musical endeavors with his sophomore solo release - The Law of Confession, Part 1. The project was recorded live at Lawrence's home church, Living Word Christian Center in Chicago.
The release could not have come at a more critical time, as people across the globe are searching for a hope to hold onto. Lawrence has been noted as saying, "I think my music is therapeutic." With lyrics pulled straight from scripture, fans will find 14 tracks laced with melodic medicine for their souls. Lawrence has once again enlisted the assistance of gospel music's best and brightest vocalists, assembling a ten-plus-member powerhouse ensemble, known as The Co. (appearing on I Speak Life, 2004). Lawrence and The Co. get right to work as they galvanize the live Chicago audience with "Back II Eden," the first song released from the project, a high-energy, up-tempo track with an unforgettable horn presence.
"The message of this one is clear," says Lawrence. "This is pushing people to get back to our original design...I'm reminding us of this principle and saying, 'what are you waiting for?'" On the heels of Back II Eden is the project's namesake, "The Law of Confession," a euphonic interpretation of the scripture that reminds us that death and life are in the power of our own tongue. What you speak you will ultimately witness in your life. With a myriad of scripture references on this track, your tongue will be singing you into the freedom, joy, healing, and encouragement you need each day.
With every new project, Lawrence continues to establish his own boundaries in gospel music. The Law of Confession Part 1 is no different. Thematically, there's no variation on this project. The theme is blatantly identified from track one and continues throughout the album. Lawrence had a clear vision, and he executes it with the musical precision he's often been awarded for. The usual qualities fans expect from Lawrence - creative musical arrangements, ingenious live production, and impeccable vocals - are all in place. Yet, at the end of it all, Lawrence is simply sending his listeners back to their Bibles, as he and The Co. sing of the power of the words written therein.
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