‘The Favor Of God’ is the latest album from gospel luminary the Reverend LUTHER BARNES. Hailing from North Carolina, Barnes comes from a notable gospel background… his father was Bishop F C Barnes and Luther himself has fronted The Sunset Jubilaires and the Red Budd Gospel Choir.
His latest album sees him directing his brand new choir, The Restoration Worship Center Choir. The album’s lead single is the soulful ‘God’s Grace’ which was a top 20 Gospel chart hit. It’s one of 9 original Barnes songs on the long player. The remaining two are traditional songs… ‘Old Saints Praise’ and ‘In The Cross’. For the former Barnes creates a kind of ‘Hi Heel Sneakers’ groove – testament to his love of classic soul music. Barnes cites the Temptations as his favourite group of all time and indeed throughout the album there are plenty of soul reference points while the lead voices (amongst them Barnes himself an daughter Bonita Greene) are soulful and then some. Hear those voices at their collective best on the rousing title tune and the opener, ‘One More Time’.
‘The Favor Of God’ by the Reverend LUTHER BARNES and The Restoration Worship Center Choir is released on Shanachie Records on September 9th