Singer, songwriter, and worship leader Carlos Whitaker began his career in music at an early age, honing his tenor voice in the choir of the Los Angeles Southern Baptist church where his father preached. Small spots in the choir soon led to compositions on the guitar and Carlos leading the church in worship. Now a worship leader for Andy Stanley's Buckhead Church in Atlanta, Whitaker offers his genre-smashing debut,
Ragamuffin Soul. Musically, the album is a melting pot of styles where soul meets hip-hop, funk, and worship, in the midst of an engaging set of glowing original songs.
Ragamuffin Soul CD
Things get going with a great starter entitled "Rain It Down". It's all about our need for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in our daily lives. What a great kickoff song for a great album."Can't Start This Fight" is up next and conveys the thoughts we have all had...no matter how hard WE might try, this fight (life) is impossible to do without God's hand leading.In "God Of Second Chances", there is little surprise as we are reminded that the Lord is our Redeemer and loves us with an unfailing love. Track four "We Will Worship You" is a great anthem piece. "No Words" keeps the mellow tone going with simply our words can be so meaningless in describing the Lord. But, we can still offer our shouts of hope and love to Him. Awesome stuff!"Because of You" is another song that reels you in with a great beat and singable tune. It simply states "I come here to honor You, because of You, in awe of You"...enough said. "Shine On" simply shares that none compares to the God we serve and just asks Him to continue shining on. Next is "Grace Already Won" - a great song to shout to God. Reminding us that because of grace we don't have to be feeling in bondage."Jesus Saves" is up next with a great tempo and an unbeatable line that goes..."I am the sum of failing and of grace You overcame". "In Your Presence" is a quiet, intimate, conversational utterance to the Lord. Realizing what we must do to engage the Lord with reverence, humility and awe.Next comes "Your Name", which Carlos amps up a bit with a bit more guitar than the Phillips, Craig and Dean version. Nicely revamped song! And finally, "We Will Dance" picks it up again to finish off the album. The line that you will be reminded of throughout the song is..."There's no one like our God"...and Amen to that!I would give this album 4 1/2 out of 5.
May 3, 2010