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Word Records – Triple Play “Best Of” (Mullen, Lampa and Velasquez)

The review below was a compilation, but as I was reviewing Jaci’s new CD, “Trust,” I was recalling my earlier days listing to Jaci, Rachael and Stacie Orrico. I was fortunate to have seen them all on stage and some in person over the past 17 years. Hoping to hear more from the others some day soon.

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Word Records – Triple Play “Best Of”

Recently Word Records released three “best of” CD’s from the top of their artist roster. Nicole C. Mullen’s “Redeemer,” Jaci Velasquez and “On My Knees,” and Rachael Lampa’s “Blessed.” Individually, each of these leading ladies has had a unique impact on the pop, Latin, and R&B markets. All have been individually successful and through all of the transitions both at Word Records and within the Christian industry itself, the three have held their own.

There is not doubt that each is deserving of a “best of” collection although one often wonders about the motivation behind such a project. In recent history, it either meant another label shakeup or an artist sabbatical. However, in this case, and point in time, new rock acts are dominating the industries attention. If we’re lucky, as fans, the three leading ladies and Word are planning the next big take over of the airwaves.

Either way, for fans of Rachael, Jaci, and Nicole, the 17 song compilations are worthy of evaluation. And in the instance of Nicole’s collection the listening audience is gifted with the addition of two live recordings of favorites “Redeemer” and “Call On Jesus” which have not been released before.

I have collected a sampling of links to past reviews and interviews from Nicole and Rachael. As I began to search our archive I was shocked by the absence of Jaci’s music on our site. However, in our defense we can only cover what is passed our way, and each artist has at times had different publicist with exclusive and inclusive media lists.

Of the three, I have had the pleasure of meeting only Rachael in person. However, I did get the opportunity to interview Nicole over the phone which was a real pleasing and friendly experience. Hopefully the future of Alpha Omega News will be full of new reviews, interviews, and concert photos from Nicole, Rachael, and Jaci.

– Ken W.

Wayne Caparas – Gospel Project

One of my favorite things about writing reviews for AlphaOmegaNews are the independent artist that offer to send in their CD’s.  This review was originally posted in September of 2008.

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Wayne Caparas

Gospel Project

Independent

Grade – B+

Wayne Caparas is a multifaceted artist with experience in singing, songwriting, and acting.  He is also in the professional field of multi-media production and business management at Caparas Media. The Gospel Project is an outreach of Wayne’s desire to teach the Gospel.  He himself has received extensive Biblical training that he is applying as a teacher and speaker as well as a musician.

The album, Gospel Project, is an accumulation of these skills and passions expressed in the form of music.  The CD starts out with a rather cool reggae rhythm on “I Know I Am.”  The base line on this song is kind of groovy and it really helps to make the lyrics flow.  The first song then is followed by a more inspirational sounding track called “Who Do You Say I Am,” telling a story about Jesus’ disciples.  I also liked the traditional spiritual “Life Changer.”  The spiritual chant is a lost art and not often heard on a mainstream CCM project.

The CD also features a handful of guest artist including Quiana Parler on “I Belong,” an amazing feat of vocal virtuosity, and Robert Williams (Saxophones) and Michael Brown (vocals) on “Maybe Maybe, Maybe,” which has more of a blues influence.  Additionally, Wayne’s daughter Amber is also featured on the CD on vocals, specifically on “Caterpillar Dreams,” which kind of has a light jazz wistful sound.

While there is a variety of sounds and styles on the Gospel Project,I believe that the overall appeal would be for the Gospel/Inspirational genre.  I think that the quality of writing, lyrically and musically, demonstrates that Wayne Caparas is a uniquely gifted artist on many levels.

  • Ken W.

Official Website: http://waynecaparas.com