Donald Lawrence tweeted “Vashawn Mitchell\’s new CD will be awesome, great Songs.” Certainly, many have validated this stamp of approval after Mitchell\’s live CD recording on April 30, 2012. Awesome, amazing, anointed, heartfelt and admonishingâ€¦were all words people used to describe the six time Stellar Award winner\’s latest recording.
Hundreds tuned in via live internet stream around the world from the Bahamas, UK and Ghana and more than 1500 fans, worship leaders and music artists packed the auditorium of Mitchell\’s alma mater, Thornton High in Harvey Illinois. The day before the recording, Harvey\’s mayor, Eric Kellogg, renamed a street in Mitchell\’s honor.
Walt Whitman, founder and director of the world renowned Soul Children of Chicago said “these are songs people want to hear and sing.” This latest project by Mitchell is pure WORSHIP! Byron Cage tweeted “reflecting on Vashawn Mitchell’s recording last night, I believe one major hit is “Turn it Around For Me”….AMAZING.” There are 10 tracks that will clearly speak to the worship leader, will be great for choirs and will encourage the everyday listener. Your favorites will include “Greatest Man I Know” featuring Israel Houghton. This song will make you holler FOR REAL! No longer in reporter mode, I couldn\’t help but to join the crowd as they roared and worshiped for at least twenty minutes; “Turn it Around For Me” was also very encouraging. I witnessed several hands lifted and people crying out and “So Glad I Found You,” was absolutely amazing.
Additional highlights included an impromptu medley of songs during the intermission led by Byron Cage and Anita Wilson who sang “Jesus Will”; Ricky Dillard sang a few words of “God is Great”; Ted Winn followed with “The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow”; Floyd Wilkerson, Kim Stratton and Jonathan McReynolds ended with a rendition of Walter Hawkins\’ “Thank You”. BOMBASTIC!
I must also mention the incredibly talented background singers that accompanied Mitchell. A total of nine singers, all praise and worship leaders at various churches mostly in Chicagoâ€¦provided a rich and smooth vocal harmony that complemented every song perfectly. It was also admirable that Mitchell shared the solo mic several times with various artists. He told me, “I purposely wanted to pull together different genres, different denominations, ages and cultures to show that we are one. In order for us to get God\’s glory, we must be on one accordâ€¦secular and gospel all singing the same song at the same time.
The evening came to a close after Mitchell called Fantasia and her Mom, Diane Barrino to the stage. The trio sang “The Potter Wants to Put You Back Together Again.” As expected, Fantasia kicked off her studded red bottom heels and sang passionately. After Diane Barrino exhorted the crowd, Mitchell led something like an altar call and worship filled the room.
Other notables, Kierra Sheard joined in on one of the selections and PREACHED! In the audience was Donald Lawrence, Mark Hubbard, Dr. Teresa Hairston, B.E.T.\’s Torrence Glenn, Tasha Cobbs and several other leading gospel artists, media personalities and pastors.
After the recording, Mitchell\’s manager, Neily Dickerson said she was extremely proud. She said “even with his continued success, Vashawn is still teachable. He watches others and applies what he learns. He never stops. He continues to strive. If something doesn\’t work, he adjusts and keeps moving,” she told me.
The project is slated to be released this coming August.
Nate Rodgers is an Assignment Editor for WBBM-TV CBS News in Chicago and also works in various leadership capacities at First Baptist Congregational Church in Chicago, where his Pastor is Rev. George W. Daniels. Email him your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.