The McCrary Sisters Fire Up Spiritual Classics On New Album ‘Let’s Go’
Soulful sister vocalists The McCrary Sisters - long known in Nashville circles as first-call session aces supporting some of music's most vibrant artists - will release its latest 16-track collection of soul-stirring gospel titled Let's Go on March 10.
Possessing a unique familial musical history of their own as daughters of longtime Fairfield Four tenor Rev. Samuel McCrary, The McCrary Sisters - Alfreda, Ann, Deborah and Regina - each bring a unique energy and virtuosity to the group, not to mention varied experiences within the worlds of pop, rock, R&B and gospel music.
"That is the essence of what makes music great, it's the essence of what makes singing great, and we really hear it in artists like the McCrary Sisters, " says NPR music correspondent Ann Powers.
The end result on Let's Go - produced by Nashville music supervisor and the sisters' longtime musical champion Buddy Miller (Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, Patty Griffin, others) - is a tight knit vocal style that can only be generated by women who've sung together their entire lives.
"There's something in them that becomes a whole 'nother thing besides four people singing together, and it's because they're sisters, " Miller says. "They know what to do, and they're genius. There's not another word for it."
That meshing of voices with faith and with family creates dynamic new music, steeped in the tradition of church and contemporary music. Songs like "That's Enough, " "I Am Free, " "Walk In The Light, " "I'd Rather Have Jesus" and the title track all showcase the sisters' talents in ways where it's easy to recognize they'd be called on for background vocals for artists such as The Black Keys, Martina McBride, Eric Church, Jonny Lang, Robert Randolph, The Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Mike Farris and so many more.
"The McCrary Sisters have a way of bringing the traditions of gospel into another format that's unique, " says Jed Hilly, executive director of the American Music Association, whose 2014 festival featured a PBS taping titled "Rock My Soul" that showcased both The McCrary Sisters and The Fairfield Four, and which can be seen on PBS stations nationally this spring during the network's pledge drive season.
Let's Go Tracklist:
1. Let's Go
2. I've Got Jesus (And That's Enough)
3. By The Mark
4. I John
5. I Love The Lord
7. Use Me Lord
8. Don't Let You Nobody Turn You 'Round
9. I Am Free
10. Hold On
11. Drivin You Mama Crazy
12. I'd Rather Have Jesus
13. He Split The Rock
14. Old Shoes
15. Hold The Wind
16. Walk In The Light
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