Music Review-Fred Hammond “Free to Worship”

Fred is back! That is what I keep hearing whenever someone talks to me about this album. My response to them is “I didn’t know he ever left.”

Fred’s last album Somethin’ Bout Love left many gospel enthusiasts disappointed. Most people would agree that the aforementioned album just was not classic Fred Hammond. It was lacking that classic Fred Hammond style of praise and worship. It lacked those powerful songs. Songs that make you stop what you are doing an break out into a praise. Songs that bring tears to your eyes when you go before the Lord in worship.

Free to Worship is the type of album that will reunite Fred Hammond with all of those fans who may have written him off after Somethin’ Bout Love. The truth is, Fred was outwardly the same man. He has always been the great musician, singer and producer that we came to love. Inwardly is where the changes came. Fred was experiencing a great deal of pain while recording Somethin Bout Love. Going through a divorce will do that to almost any of us.

Once you start listening to Free to Worship it will sound new, but very familiar at the same time. The majority of the tracks feature background singers. We once new them as Radical for Christ. I am not sure what it is, but background singers just add a special element to a Fred Hammond song. Believe me, that special element is all over this project.

This Is the Day and Keep on Praisin’ will you have you dancing all over your house or church. The next time you go to spend quite time with the Lord, just play And We Worship You. That song will help place your heart and spirit in the lap of the Lord.

Urban praise and worship is what Fred Hammond does best. Just listen to this album and you will be convinced. No matter what you are going through in your life, this album can speak to your situation and provide some encouragement. Just like Fred, you will be free to worship.

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