It is fitting that as we celebrate
Black Music Month, we take a look at the newest project fro m one of the
Legends in gospel music - Spencer Taylor. The Legend is back with a fantastic
CD tilted Work A Miracle.
This is one of the first actual releases on MALACO’s 4 Winds Records’ label. D.
A. Johnson and Darrell Luster together are building a catalogue of good gospel
music with 4 Winds Records. What a way to ‘anchor’ the new label than with a
new recording by
Spencer Taylor & The Highway QC’s.
There are some great songs on this eleven (11) track project. The Legend
masterfully moves from song to song with the ease one would expect. No
disappointment here. Rev. R. L. Bush is featured as lead singer on the song
“Calvary.” What a fitting song for all times, but particularly during the
Radio Angels will probably gravitate towards "Since Jesus Came Into My Heart."
And, why not? The song embodies everything you would expect from a group that
handles ballads like none other. The exchanges between the lead singers are
Other songs on the project are -
"Work A Miracle (Do What You Do Best)" - The Legend shows that he can still
deliver a song with a powerful message. The song could be considered a prayer.
For, in the song, the group is asking God for the miracle that relates to the
situation the listener may be confronting. The background also shows that the
group has not lost its ability to deliver smooth tight harmony.
"My Life Has Been Changed" - As well as being a legend in gospel music, Spencer
Taylor is also a great balladeer. This song does two things - 1) it reminds the
listener what happened when they accepted Christ in their life. And, 2) that
nobody could deliver that message of this ballad like Mr. Spencer Taylor. The
song is almost 6 minutes in length. However, it still seems that it ended too
"He Will Take Care Of You" - No one in the quartet gospel genre today handles
ballads as masterfully as the Legend. He Will Take Care Of You will certainly
have the listener reminiscing about some of the Highway QC’s great ballads from
years ago. In addition, the words to the song convey a strong affirmation that
God will take care of us.
"I Made It Over" – The legend delivers another remarkable performance with this
ballad. You will appreciate the background harmony. More importantly, the
message is one that all saints desire to be able to sing – “no mater what life
threw my way, I Made It Over.”
"It's Me It's Me (Standing In The Need Of Prayer)" – Is another familiar song
that the group has made its own. This slow thought provoking ballad is a great
song to mediate on while reflecting on all that you have gone through in life.
It reminds you that we are always in need of prayer.
"Too Close" - Listen as guys put their unique vocals and arrangement to this very
popular song. Listen to the emotions in the Legend’s voice. The background
harmony really compliments the lead singer on this track.
"Safety Zone" - This is one of those songs in gospel music that will never grow
old. The QC's have given it a 'freshness' that just enhances your appreciation
for the song. This song also showcases the tight harmony of the background
"Empty Me Of Self" - This song will surely minister to you. It is a very powerful
song asking God to create in us a clean heart. This one may have you shedding
tears. Be prepared to find yourself humming this one as you go through your
daily activities. The song is everything you would expect from The QC’s.
"Don't Be Hating" - The song speaks of individuals being jealous of the blessings
showered upon others. In other words, don’t be hating me because God is blessing
me. What an appropriate song to end a project titled Work A Miracle.
The project was produced by Darrell Luster of
The Sensational Nightingales and
co-produced by Spencer Taylor, III. You expect a great project whenever Mr.
Luster is involved in the recording. And, on this one, the production is
Work A Miracle is a powerful CD, with a message in each song for
the sincere believer as well as those that may just be beginning their
We give Spencer Taylor & The Highway QC's Work A Miracle a 9 out of 10. Click
on the title to hear “Since Jesus Came Into My Heart." To purchase the CD click
Work A Miracle.