James Fortune and his incredible host of singers Fiya, today (Feb. 25th, 2014) released their very first live album titled “Live Through it." The album, which was recorded in Atlanta in front of an audience of 5,000, features vocals from award-winning gospel artists and singers such as Israel Houghton, Tasha Cobbs, Isaac Carree, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Da’ T.R.U.T.H, Alexis Spight, Zacardi Cortez.
The atmosphere notably that of an urban congregational praise, and worship setting; needless to say "Live Through It" takes us straight to church.
It can be duly noted that songs on the album that comes with a reprise like "Forever," "We Give You Glory," and "Light The Way" are the most memorable tunes (not to say that the other songs aren't as powerful).
The album kickstarts and ends with some spoken-word intro and outro by Kirk franklin and Bishop John Francis respectively.
The 20-track double CD album has worship oriented songs like "Forever" where, Fortune and Fiya magnify Jesus and remind people of the sacrifice He made on the cross. Also "We Give You Glory" which features gospel music’s new sweetheart Tasha Cobbs who gives a powerful soul-stirring performance.
"Live Through It” also sees an atmosphere of praise and testimonies in "Best Praise" and "Miracles." "Miracles" is more like a collection of testimonies specifically of terminal sickness (like cancer) which people experienced healing through God’s divine power.
“Empty Me” which features Isaac Carree clearly stands out mostly because of the tune’s lyrical depth. “Empty Me” connects to the next song “Light Your Way,” which features Israel Houghton. “Light Your Way” deviates from standard Gospel fare in that it has a Pop/Rock edge. Though it could have been a disaster, it works. It is one of the best songs on the record.
The album title track “Live Through It” encourages, motivates and inspires. The tune is a rousing declaration of triumph over obstacles through faith. For fans of James Fortune, this is a very familiar territory.
Another memorable moment is on a song called “Just Smile." Here, two female vocalists give an astonishing performance while encouraging listeners to smile no matter the situation.
James Fortunes and FIYA deliver a set of catchy hooks and infectious rhythms with the right measure of soul, passion and energy. Live Through It marks a defining moment for Fortune in his musical career. Typically, an album with a lot of guest artists turns me off, but this one was as an exception as every single act featured brought something exceptional to the table.
This album will rock the world of gospel music, and you should get familiar with it. Cop it.