Monday Melody – God

Didn’t let the rain keep me from a super weekend!  Got some well-needed rest; tried some new recipes; caught up with good friends; and went to see Blue Like Jazz.  Loved the book by Donald Miller, loved the movie, too.  On to another week!  Welcoming the challenges … and struggles!

Song/Album: “God” by Joann Rosario on the album Now More Than Ever…Worship.

Why it made the cut:   Joann Rosario has a big, full-throated voice that commands attention on uptempo jams yet draws you into worship on mellow ballads.  On “God,” a touching portrait of the all-encompassing love of God in our lives, she calls us to recommit to placing Him first.  

This modern hymn, penned by the multitalented Donald Lawrence, is supported vocally by some well-known back-up singers (Queenie Lennox, Blanche McAllister, DeWayne Woods).

Joann tells in the liner notes that this song was the last one pitched to her for the album. “When I read the words, I was totally blown away,” she says.  “Needless to say I was almost in tears when we were recording!”  Those strong emotions translated into a powerful worship experience in which God alone takes center stage.

Artist: My first taste of Joann Rosario’s talent was on the worship anthem, “When You Praise,” on Fred Hammond‘s Purpose by Design album.  This Chicago native of Puerto Rican descent fuses R & B, contemporary Christian, and Latin music to create a sound that is distinctively hers.

Joann left Hammond’s Radical For Christ group and put out her 2001 debut solo album, More, More, More, on his F.Hammond Music Label.  The album, produced by Hammond, her mentor, brought Rosario national attention and praise for her singing and songwriting skills.  

In 2004, when nodules were found on Joann’s vocal cords, she lost her speaking and singing voice.  Of that challenging time, she says:  “Let this album [Now More Than Ever…Worship] be a testimony of God’s power today. … I had to rest on God and wait for Him to call on me to do His will.”

Joann married well-known Gospel radio personality Cory “CoCo Brother” Condrey in 2008 and is now involved in The Stand: One Body, and Royal Sisterhood, an online ministry to women.

Favorite lyrics:

God of decisions, Creator of answers
Thou Who ordained my way
Through my transition, held my position 
God, You are my God

Sweet spot:   The elevation at 3:08 and onward.  The worship leader in Joann comes out and ministers to us with excellence.  

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