New Single “Shouts of Joy” Available Now

Shouts of Joy - Single

I have new single out, “Shouts of Joy”.  You can purchase it from iTunes or Amazon.

Psalms 118:15 is scripture that stands out to me when you think about “Shouts of Joy”.  The New International version of this scripture says “Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!”

Other versions translate it as Songs of joy and victory, Glad songs of salvation, are ringing out because God has done glorious things.  So I am encouraged to praise God in advance because I expect a glorious outcome…no matter the status of my situation.

Listen to “Shouts of Joy” here

 

Sovereign God

This month life has thrown some punches at me, but I am making it through. I will come out like a Champion for sure because that’s what God made me. The devil has been a little mad at me and J because we gave up listening to morning talk radio. Sidebar: Nothing is wrong with talk radio, but it was just something that we needed to do last week. We exchanged listening to the radio for prayer, praise and worship.

During my awesome moments of praise and worship, I would play this song called “Sovereign God” and I have fallen in love with it. This song has truly ministered to me in the past week. One of the lines in the song says, “if you can handle the seas, then I know that you can deal with all my needs.” There is so much truth to that statement. You have to have faith to give your needs to God. We aren’t capable of dealing with these things on our own. We try to do it, but that’s not our job. God says in his word to cast every care on him because he cares for us.

Please take a moment to listen to “Sovereign God” by Maurette Brown Clark.

“Magnify” Review by Nick DeRiso

It will come as no surprise after hearing Aarika Radcliffe’s chugging new gospel single “Magnify” that the Atlanta, Georgia native’s first experience singing was in her home church.  Less surprising still is this, her first public performance was the song “I Surrender All,” since “Magnify” runs along the same theme:  Giving yourself over to faith.

Of course, what happened between that initial song and this one is all part of a strikingly inspiring narrative.  Radcliffe was scared stiff that day in church, and couldn’t even finish the tune.  Yet, she remained ever focused, volunteering for opportunities to lead devotion at school, working hard on her craft.

By her mid-teens, she was singing in local group, even performing on stage in an Atlanta play.  Radcliffe went on to become a defense contractor, but she never let go of her childhood dream.  These days, she serves as choir director, worship leader and special-music singer at her church in Lithonia, Ga.

So, when Radcliffe talks about heaven-sent focus on “Magnify,” she comes to it with a lifetime’s worth of credibility.  The song follows her personal narrative perfectly.  Radcliffe starts simply, with a series of initial sparkling tones, but quickly builds toward a thumping beat that propels the tune toward her sweeping message of sanctified reliance:   “I don’t know what you came here for, but I came to magnify him,” Radcliffe sings, as a funky chorus of background singer swoops in around her.

By the time “Magnify” settles back into a quiet piano signature, Radcliffe’s central message of channeling every bit of her energy into faith is complete – and she has made a quick impression.

Radcliffe possesses the steady verve of Aretha Franklin, the R&B flavor of Jill Scott and the sleek modernity of Cece Winans – building a complex, intriguing and wholly enjoyable praise sound.

Review by Nick DeRiso

Rating:  4 stars (out of 5)

 

I Don’t Want To

Lately I’ve been battling with doing something that I don’t want to do.  Everytime I think about it, I am not excited about it.  I almost hate talking about it.  The reality is that I have to do this thing, no matter whether I want to or not. This thing will not kill me or harm me. I just have to suck it up and do it. 

So now when I have  a negative thought about it, I say, “whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”  – Phillippians 4:8 KJV.  The New Living Translation says, “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” 

Do you know how hard that is?  I let all of my personal feelings get in the way of doing what is right. Doing this thing and being happy about it is the right thing to do.  How do you handle doing things that you don’t want to do?

Our Church Service Was…

AMAZING!!!!!!  The spirit of God moved in the place like I hadn’t seen in a long  time.  It started with intercessory prayer and it just kept going higher and higher. Then we did something a little different – for praise and worship we did our slower paced songs first. Those songs were “Forever You’re My King” and “How Great is Our God”.  Then we did the upbeat songs which were “Undignified Praise and “High Praise”.  Oh my goodness it was just an awesome worship experience.

How was  your church service?

Love God Love People – Israel Houghton’s New Project

Have you all gotten Israel Houghton’s cd, Love God Love People ? I got it on release day and I like it, it’s different than most of his work, but it works.  I am not going to do a review, but I will say that one of my favorites on the cd is “Others”.  It was on Israel’s last release but done in an acoustic version.  He has remade the song and added strings and the whole effect is just amazing.

Israel was also on the Yolanda Adams morning show promoting his new project.  They did something like a “Worship Unplugged” and it was so good.  There  was even an Israel and Yolanda duet with Aaron Lindsay on the keys.  What a treat!

Check it out

 

Week to Week

This week ….

I bought the Israel cd this week – you should check it out!!

Had lunch here with co-workers at the Blu Greek Taverna Restaurant – the food was sooooo good.

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Randomly Rad

  •  I love free “legal” downloads – get your fill at Amazon: off the top of my head you can get songs by Fred Hammond, Ashmont Hill, Trinity 5-7, the Anointed Pace Sisters, Earnest Pugh, etc.
  • Have you tried Groupon?  The discounts are the best! My latest savings was a $50 gift card from the Gap that I purchased for $25.
  • Cheap Indulgence – Nail Polish : I don’t know why, but love getting new shades of nail polish and I don’t have to pay a lot of money for it.  However, I have to dress so conservative on the job that I don’t get a chance to wear it.  
  • I love it when J fires up the grill during the week.

Welcome September

                                                        

Image Credit: Able Parris

 August has ended, now September is here!!! Isn’t this year passing by fast? So here’s a brief re-cap of my August.  The month started with a celebration of my husband’s deacon ordination, followed by my birthday which was the next weekend. One of my cousins  got married on my birthday –  outside, mid-afternoon in August heat, but I forgive him. Don’t get me wrong, the wedding was nice, but it’s hard to forget about that heat.

This month offered an awesome singing opportunity with a family friend.  I joined with him and a few others to do praise and worship for a local church conference.  Also, I participated in my company’s talent showcase at the Mablehouse Amphitheatre. Have you ever been to the Mablehouse?  What a nice venue!!

In other music news, I presented a first listen for my song “Magnify” and got great feedback from that.  Thanks to all of you who helped out with that.  Praise and Worship night has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 20 and it will be held at my church – Cornerstone of Faith.  I am currently working on getting a band for that. Most of my singers have already been booked. So things are coming along quite well.

Here are a few things that I would like to do in September:

  1. Enjoy a short trip with my hubby – we just need a little break to “get away” from it all
  2. Put together a group of musicians for Praise and Worship night
  3. Get my car repaired – There are just a few things that I have been putting off with my car for a while and it’s about time to get it fixed
  4. Work on my Musician’s success packet
  5. Organize my songs – I’ve written lots of songs and haven’t organized them in the least bit
  6. Figure out what I am going to do with my song release – there have been some challenges with my song, but I’ll know exactly what’s going to happen with it by the month end
  7. Get back in the studio to work on another song

I am moving forward!!!

Listen to My Song and Give Me Feedback

Update: Thanks to all for the feedback.  I believe that I have received the information that I needed.  The song will be removed at this time and  I will definitely keep you posted on the release.

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Hey Everybody!  I need a huge favor.  I need for you all to critique and review my song. Here is what you need to do –

  • Listen to my new song “Magnify” a few times
  • Tell me how you feel when you listen to the song
  • Give me your honest opinion of the song
  • Tell me which music artists I sound like

I hope that this is not too much to ask.

This song is not a final copy, it still has to be mastered so it will only be posted for a limited amount of time.

Thanks in advance for your participation.