Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Oh Happy Day -- a music giveaway!

I remember the first time I heard a song by Jonny Lang. I was with a group of co-workers in a car going to lunch. (It feels like a million years ago.)

"Oh, this is that guy!" one of them said. "He's 16 years old."

"Sixteen?!" someone else said. "It sounds like he's been smoking and drinking Jack for 40 years."

I was intrigued and had to check him out -- a 16-year-old blues singer. Jonny Lang was popular that year. Since then, JP and I have seen him in concert a couple times. We also ended up buying all of his CDs, including his most recent, a gospel album, Turn Around.

So it wasn't a surprise when I found out Jonny Lang and several other artists have worked with gospel choirs to put together Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration, which was given to me to review. But I was surprised to see a few of the others on the list, like 3 Doors Down and Jon Bon Jovi! Michael McDonald, Queen Latifah (who sings the title track), Robert Randolph, Al Green and Joss Stone are also on the album, which includes songs like People Get Ready, This Little Light of Mine and Bob Marley's Redemption Song. Some songs, like Jonny Lang's and Michael McDonald's, are filled with passion and energy, and others -- like Queen Latifah's -- are peaceful and calming songs. All of them are what I like to call feel-good songs! You can listen to the songs here.

If you like gospel or any of the headlining artists, Oh Happy Day is a great addition (oops! I almost typed addiction!) to your collection and can be found at iTunes, Amazon and Walmart.

The nice folks at EMI Music/Vector Recordings who provided the review copy also gave me a copy to give away! If you'd like to win, leave a comment mentioning your favorite gospel song or artist, or your favorite song by one of the headlining artists. I'll pick a winner randomly on Friday.

Update: chose the number 1, and Chelle was the first commenter, so she wins the CD!

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Anonymous chelle said...

Wow what a collection. I am not a gospel listener per say .... But love Jon Bon Jovi :P

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Mocha Dad said...

My favorite gospel song is "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."

6:47 PM  
Blogger Mozi Esme said...

I'd kind of like to hear "Keep the Faith" by Jon Bon Jovi! Right now one of my favorite gospel songs is "Precious Lord."

7:37 PM  
Blogger Stephanie Wilson she/her @babysteph said...

Wow!! What a neat compilation! I'd love to win. One of my favorite gospel songs is Just As I Am and also His Eye Is On The Sparrow.


8:27 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Very cool. I remember Jonny from before he was famous.

8:39 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Oops I didn't follow the rules. I enjoy Natalie Grant. She has some great songs. I have her album Awaken.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Bloggy Mama said...

Cool! My absolute fave is, actually, Oh Happy Day from the Sister ACt 2 soundtrack - Lauryn Hill gives me goosebumps and brings tears, EVERY TIME!!

10:35 PM  
Blogger Nadine said...

I like a couple of these artists but I like the way Al Green sings. I also love the song Oh Happy Day. This would be a great addition to my collection.

7:00 AM  

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