New Jersey-based singer, songwriter, choir director and multi-instrumentalist Tye Tribbett formed the ensemble Tye Tribbet & G.A. in the late 90s. The group was asked to back country superstar Faith Hill on her tour in 2000, resulting in a flurry of appearances and recording work with everyone from Will Smith, Usher and Mary Mary to Don Henley, Justin Timberlake and Sting.
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TRIBBETT & G.A.| Posted September 29, 2008
Tye Tribbett & Greater Anointing’s (G.A.) latest effort, Stand Out, lives up to its moniker with driving rhythms that differentiate this gospel album from most. Stand Out sounds more like a rock album than a typical gospel-flavored record. The title track opens the CD and firmly reiterates the themes of Tye’s last project—authority and victory in Christ.
Though the album was recorded live, the choir and band sound flawless. As various singers offer up their respective pieces of praise, their voices are also captured well, which is impressive for a live recording.
For those unfamiliar with gospel music, Tye Tribbett & G.A. are a good starter group to introduce new listeners to this genre. “I Need You” and “Let Us Worship” make great corporate worship songs. The instrumentation and haunting vocal arrangements of “Prodigal” depict the urgency of coming back to Christ after a time away from Him. The music of “I Made It Through” is comparable to a sonic circus, but it works considering the subject matter of the song; life is often chaotic and feels like a three-ring circus, but God is faithful to bring us through.
The final track, “Good In The Hood,” is a restorative reminder that not every person who grew up dealing with hard things in life is on drugs or in jail somewhere. As Tye himself says in the song, “I know there’s a lot of bad out there, but there’s a lot of good, too.” “Good in the Hood” could fare well at mainstream rap and hip-hop radio, and it would do listeners a lot of good to hear it. –Lindsay Scranton
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SEISMIC SHIFT| Posted September 24, 2008
Stand Out proves that Tye Tribbett is a talented ringmaster with a bit of ADD—a calculated songwriter with completely spontaneous live chops. Tribbett can wail like James Brown or bark like an evangelical drill sergeant marching his vocal group G.A. (Greater Anointing) tightly through tracks like the disc’s punchy, horn-accented title cut.
Just as quickly, the group can downshift into an updated neo-soul grove with young urban gospel star KiKi Sheard on “Look Up.” Other cameos include the shining jazzy vocals of Kim Burrell (“He Has Made Me Glad”). More than a few tracks, like “Hold On,” sound like they were built on the corner of “Kirk Franklin Boulevard” and “Israel & New Breed Avenue.”
Tribbett, unlike other artists who flirt with gospel music boundaries, never looks over his shoulder to placate traditionalists with the obligatory conventional gospel or worship filler track. Musically, Tribbett’s unit is ready for anything, effortlessly shifting from muscular urban radio funk (“Good in the Hood”) to avant jazz gospel vamps (“I Made It Through”) to guitar pop melodies with approachable contemporary worship vocals (“Let Us Worship”). Stand Out may mark a seismic shift in worship and gospel music, one that hasn’t been seen since the mid-’90s halcyon days of urban gospel. –Anthony Barr-Jeffrey
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Be Prepared!| Posted May 30, 2008
Once again Tye Tribbett and G.A. coming out full throttle with another power-packed album. "Stand Out!" insists that we stand against the powers of darkness and the ways of the world. Once again the group infuses a gospel with funk and R&B, and even throws in some uptempo church numbers. This CD is packed with some strong messages. I give this CD a rating of SM for Spiritually Mature audiences only! It will challenge you and take you to new heights!