Overview 1. Healed 2. I Speak Life 3. You Covered Me 4. Miracles 5. Right Now 6. Angels 7. Don't Forget To Remember 8. Say A Prayer Intro 9. Say A Prayer 10. Better 11. Wailin' To Dancin' 12. Lamb 13. Coming Strong 14. Restoring The Years 15. Beautiful Feet Intro 16. Beautiful Feet
Record Label Verity
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.12" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.21 lbs.
Release Date Oct 12, 2004
Publisher PROVIDENT MUSIC DISTRIBUTION
ISBN 290100735X EAN 9782901007357 UPC 828766222821
Let me begin by saying I am a HUGE fan of Donald Lawrence. In my opinion, he is perhaps one of the best (if not the best) songwriters, producers, and arrangers in the gospel music industry today. And although I've had this album for quite sometime I have just began listening to all the songs on the cd. For over a year, I really only listened to 'Healed', 'You Covered Me', 'I Speak Life', 'Miracles', 'Right Now' and 'Wailin to Dancin'.
However, after the Donald won like six Stellars for this album I decided to see what all the hoopla for this album was all about.
 Like other reviewers have stated, Donald does quite a bit of talking before and during each song and that can be a little distracting. For each introduction of a song he has enhanced his voice to do this kinda low sexy Barry White impersonation and you cannot really understand everything he is saying. Also, of all of the Donald's talents singing is definitely the weakest. His voice works fine on some songs and on others he definitely needs to take a back seat.
For example, I think he complements Hez Walker just fine on 'He Covered Me' but on 'Lamb' he probably should have played and let Richard Smallwood do the singing. On 'Beautiful Feet' Donald proves why he is the heir apparent to Andrae Crouch. You can literally take that song and place it on one of AC's earlier recordings with Andrae leading it and you would never know that someone else actually wrote it and arranged it. Capturing Andrae's style is no easy feat and how he does it is just absolutely astounding.
 Finally, I'm not a big fan of gospel artists including secular artists on their albums. Like someone once said, many people can quote Psalms 23, but, not everyone knows The Shepherd. And yes Lalah Hathaway and Faith Evans may can sing their genre of music, but, gospel music requires a lead to adlib in order to really interpret the song. And the best adlibers are those who have a personal relationship with Christ and can speak from his word and/or their experiences. And that is often the missing ingredient when you hear secular artists attempting to sing gospel music. You can't feel it because they don't know how to adlib the song.
Because Donald rearranged 'Don't Forget to Remember' to be a bit more bluesy and jazzy; Lalah Hathaway does a pretty decent job with it. However, I still prefer the original version with Brenda Waters on Bible Stores.
And I really wished the Donald had let Erica or Arnetta from the Tri-City Singers or he could have gotten Kimberly McFarland (formerly of the Thompson Community Choir) who lives right there in Chicago for God's sakes to sing 'Say a Prayer' instead of Faith Evans. The lyrics to that song are powerful, but, Faith Evans vocals just DO NOT do justice to such a masterfully, written song. Her performance is lackluster, non-inspiring and she sounds whiney and child-like during parts of the song. Everytime I listen to that song I think 'man Erica's voice would have just soared on this song.'
However, I love DJ Rogers on 'Better' (this song illustrates that 'electic/neo-soul/funky/weird' side to the Donald's writing). I actually heard the Murrills do the 'so-called' live version on this song on the Finale cd before I heard it on this cd. The studio version is much better because DJ Rogers just smoothes it out on the vamp while one of the brothers just yells and shouts during the 'so-called' live version (the Murrills is one of the Doanld's upcoming projects -- interesting concept so I can't wait to hear their album when it is released, but, I am concerned).
Overall, this is a good album but definitely not his best work like Bible Stories and now Finale. However, I will always be a loyal fan of The Donald so I recommend anyone to just buy the album.
Uplifting Praise Jun 26, 2006
Mr. Lawrence really speaks from the heart on this CD. He gives hope, shares a life long experience of faith and I'm thrilled I finally broke down and purchased this CD. I play it every morning on my ride to work.
A Bunch of Collaborations Jun 8, 2006
Donald Lawrence is a musical genius....revisting the old church and trying to create something new....."I'm healed" is a wonderful track first recorded by Johnathan Nelson and Purpose..." Ya know D.L...always adds his own twist....something that I like about him...you can hear his foundation...he's not someone who is a "musical Cain"....but hasn't strayed from this roots...hearing T. Whitfield... T. Clark, A. Crouch....etc...."I Speak Life" is very encouraging ...and is a song that I hand to people when they are down in the dumps...or when people talk them so.....It encourages both the speaker and the listener.......I would have liked D.L to use more vocals that he hasn't used in the gospel arena..I would have loved for him to use Tarralyn Ramsey...( have you heard her...OMG..i was up under the pew)....Kierra Sheard...or just other gospel recorders...we all know the secular soloist can blow...but there are mixed messages...or a message of straddling the fence on this cd....I think Gospel artists try too much to market their CDs....i need ministering to...and everybody can't minister to you....some people can sing...can blow...can straight have you crunk....but i look to gospel artist to minister to me....Even though most artist started in church...but still I need to be ministered to...therefore..tracks 6 to 10 I've heard yet..and I've had the CD 2 years....It's an okay CD though....I think he does better with Tri-City. behind him..oh yea....where did D.L find Blanche McAllister....OMG she is retared....whew....that girl blew that track
Outstanding & Uplifting! Apr 19, 2006
I Speak Life is one of the best cds that I own. Every track on the cd speaks to your spirit on some level. Say a Prayer For Me, Wailin' To Dancin', and Coming Strong On Your Behalf are amongst my favorites. I have another cd by Donald Lawrence that I never listen to because it just doesn't move me. This one is truly inspirational. To those who think he talks too much- try listening to Carlton Pearson or even Shirley Caesar. I can't stand a lot of talking on a cd- but I hadn't even considered how much talking occurred on this cd until I read the review.
GREAT ONE Apr 7, 2006
DONALD LAWERENCE DID ANOTHER GREAT CD. THIS CD IS THE BOMB. YOU HAVE TO GET IT IF YOU DONT HAVE IT. THIS CD IS AMAZING