In 2007, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based pastor Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It” became a new gospel anthem — a song of salvation that inspired people to jump up out of pews and wave their arms in praise.
So, the question hanging over his latest album “Here I Am,” is: What song, if any, will emerge as the new “Never Would Have Made It”?
The safest bet is “The Best in Me,” a powerful organ-soaked testimonial that has already become a gospel radio staple.
But there are plenty of other contenders on “Here I Am,” Sapp’s eighth solo project, which was recorded live at Grand Rapids’s Resurrection Life Church.
The former member of Fred Hammond’s group Commissioned often says that he’s a preacher who happens to sing, but in actuality he is a preacher who happens to sing exceptionally well. “Here I Am” assembles the same folks who helped make 2007’s “Thirsty” Sapp’s breakout work — including producer Aaron Lindsey and vocal director Myron Butler — and the musical focus remains Sapp’s rich, booming voice.
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Listen to The Best In Me.