Longtime gospel luminary Dottie Peoples delivers one of the most satisfying, stirring efforts of her 11-album, decades-plus career.

Longtime gospel luminary Dottie Peoples delivers one of the most satisfying, stirring efforts of her 11-album, decades-plus career. Gifted as a writer, producer and artist, Peoples also has a feel for jazz and soulful pop that equals her untouchable way with straight-ahead, Sunday-go-to-church romps. Along the way, she creates her own musical hybrid. "He'll Give You Everything" is a rocking, funky foot-stomper. The album's title track deftly displays a jazzy/R&B sophistication, while "Grace and Mercy" is a gentle but deeply felt ballad, carried by piano, smooth choral backing and rich orchestration. Contemporary but still timeless and consistently inspired, Peoples has rightfully earned her place as one of gospel's leading ladies.—GE

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