Best known for his numerous and varied collaborations over the last 10 years with Kirk Franklin, as well as the 2.5 million-selling "God's Property," Butler is a performer, writer and producer whose d

Best known for his numerous and varied collaborations over the last 10 years with Kirk Franklin, as well as the 2.5 million-selling "God's Property," Butler is a performer, writer and producer whose decisive presence has been felt in contemporary gospel much more than his name has been recognized.

Recording solo for the first time and backed by his solid vocal ensemble, Levi, Butler comes on strong, and well-armed to make the leap from behind the scenes to center stage. Clearly fluent in a wide range of genres, Butler & Levi deliver a distinctive brand of R&B/pop that interweaves strong threads of traditional gospel, rock and hip-hop. And Butler makes it work like a master.

The title cut is melodic, hooky hip-hop, while "Everything" is soulful pop balladry. "That Place" is funky, synth-driven choral gospel, and the hauntingly meditative ballad, "Heal the Land," could be the "What's Goin' On" of the hip-hop generation. Finally out of the shadow of his famous friends, Myron Butler sounds like an artist ready to seriously stir the pot of modern gospel.

Gordon Ely

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