FLINT TWP. — The Great Lakes Mass Choir is tuning up for the official release of its album, “Still.”
The album offers two hours of inspirational music, 22 original compositions written and directed by Reg Nevitt, minister of music at New Life Tabernacle, 6430 W. Lennon Rd.
In a written press release, Nevitt said the album’s message is “that there is a God, His name is Jesus, and that He loves each of us so much that He gave His life for our salvation.”
Many of the tracks are placid, designed for peaceful listening, said Sean McCauley, a spokesman for distributor MondoTunes.
Other selections are “packed with lively power and passion of Christ,” McCauley said in a written statement.
The album is “first and foremost a Christian work of ecclesiastic praise and evangelism,” he said, adding that the “musical heart” lies in many genres “but stands out in the Pentecostal, soul and funk categories.”
Some tracks, like “And We Worship,” include nearly every element of modern music for an epic wall of sound, he said.
“God Will Make A Way” and “You’re Gonna Need Jesus” are reminiscent of James Brown’s famous rendition of “The Old Landmark.”
“Jesus, You’re Able” is an example of driving, groovy funk, McCauley said.
Great Lakes Mass Choir members hail from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.
Eight musicians accompany 32 voices on piano, organ, bass, guitar, saxophone and drums.
The group will perform as the signature act at this year’s Raise the Praise music festival Saturday at More Life Tabernacle.
Saturday also marks the official release of “Still,” though the album has been available in mp3 format and on CD since June through MondoTunes online at www.MondoTunes.com.