CD Review: “Walk Worthy by Master’s Voice

Master’s Voice is one of the most dynamic quartets in Southern Gospel today. A couple years ago, we reviewed one of the finest recordings they’ve released, Undivided. Since then, the group underwent a personel change at the lead singer position, losing Justin Morphis but gaining a great talent in TJ Evans. Although TJ previously sang tenor with Allegiance Trio, he previously sang lead in Promise Trio. Walk Worthy is the first release with Evans joining the nucleus of tenor Ricky Capps, baritone Stan Watson, and bass vocalist Jerry Pilgrim.

The project kicks off with “He Saw Me“, a great mid-tempo number with a laid back feel that features TJ. Co-written by Phil Cross & Tony Jarman, Evans delivers a great vocal and the quartet sets the stage for what listeners can expect on this recording. Jerry is featured on the next cut, “Another One Like Him“. I remember this song when it was recorded by Mercy’s Mark Quartet, and I believe MV’s cut exceeds the original. Jerry does a fantastic job and the horns and swinging, big band feel really put this song over the top. Evans is also featured on a groovy tune, “Love Goes A Mighty Long Way“. Ricky is featured on “One Day Longer“, a tender song dealing with a familiar subject to many, Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Ricky delivers a tender performance and theres a great blend on this song.

Next up is an uptempo song, “Yes He Did, Yes He Does, Yes He Will“. Each member of the group is featured on step out lines, great quartet song. Stan is featured on “Without You, I Haven’t Got A Prayer“, a cover of a song originally recorded by MidSouth in the 90’s. Ricky is featured on the next song, “More Than Enough.” TJ is featured on another Phil Cross co-write, “Sowing The Good Seed“, one of my favorites. Evans also takes the feature on the next song, “Do What Jesus Did“.

The guys go back and pick up a great old hymn of the church, “Burdens Are Lifted At Calvary“, Jerry, TJ, and Ricky are featured respectively on the verses. Although the arrangement is very simple, with just piano instrumentation, the vocals are excellent. One of the highlights of the album for sure. Next up is the projects first single, “Where My Savior Is“, which features Stan. The project comes to a close with “Lift Up Your Hands When You Can’t“, which features TJ.

When the group released their last project, Undivided, I was quite amazed at how exceptional it was. Walk Worthy did not disappoint me as a listener, the group did an exceptional job in both the song selection and vocals. Bottom line, This project is definitely worthy of a listen. Master’s Voice have one of the finest, if not the best, blend of any quartet on the road today. Walk Worthy showcases this perfectly; its got something for everyone musically and its sure to be a hit with Gospel Music fans across the country. I have no problem rating this a 5 star recording, make sure to add Walk Worthy to your library.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Favorite Cuts: He Saw Me, Another One Like Him, Love Goes A Mighty Long Way, Sowing The Good Seed, Burdens Are Lifted At Calvary. 

Least Favorite Cut: More Than Enough

Review copy provided by Crossroads Music.

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