There comes a time in every artist's life when they realize that it's their time. Gifted vocalist Andrea Dumas reached that epiphany and on Friday, October 25, 2013, she stepped into the spotlight with her live recording at Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church in Washington, DC.
The singer is well known in the metro area as a member of the renowned ensemble, Vision that sings with gospel legend Richard Smallwood. Gospel music lovers know her voice and she can most recently be heard singing the lead vamp on "God of Promise," from the Dove Award winning Richard Smallwood with Vision 2011 release, "Promises." She is also known for her work with gospel great Yolanda Adams.
The music she performed last night included songs written by noted songwriters Darius Paulk, John Lakin and Steve McCoy. The album and the concert was also produced by McCoy.
It was her night and social media was filled with accolades for the concert. Noted music critic and author Bill Carpenter commented:
"It was not what you'd expect from an indie psalmist's first recording. The quality of songs and musicians she flew in - on top of her exquisite vocal delivery - made it something along the lines of a seasoned pro or music legend!"
It appears that through the years as Dumas remained in the wings, she was honing her craft to ensure when she did make that inevitable move to center stage, it would be done in a spirit of excellence. It was evident that all the right pieces seemed to be in place during the concert as she pulled together many great vocalists to support her including Jeremiah Hicks and James Murphy.
It was a great night of song and came to an awe-inspiring conclusion according to Carpenter:
"I think the audience highlight was probably the closing song "Hero" that was written by Steve McCoy. That was like an anthem. A guitarist sang it with Andrea and it built into this crescendo with all the audience standing up, arms raised to the heavens and then Andrea and the guitarist singing in Spanish."
In addition to Richard Smallwood who was there to support Dumas, many others in the gospel industry were also on hand, including Maurette Brown Clark, Stephen Hurd, Robert E. Person, Kenny Taylor, Kendall King and Rob Mercer.
The verdict is in: Andrea Dumas is ready for her musical close-up. Her album is expected to be released sometime during 2014.
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