With six previous minor-label albums to her credit during the past decade, blue-eyed gospel/soul songstress Vicki Yohe makes a long overdue jump to the big leagues.

With six previous minor-label albums to her credit during the past decade, blue-eyed gospel/soul songstress Vicki Yohe makes a long overdue jump to the big leagues. Smooth, perfectly conceived AC arrangement and production give Yohe just the multi-ethnic, genre-spanning tableau on which to lay her jaw-dropping vocals, which run effortlessly from a whisper to a wail. Yohe is a balladeer nonpareil, and she and producer Christopher Harris wisely play to her strong suit on uniformly solid, dramatic material. The title song, as well as "Because of Who You Are," "Anoint Me Lord" and her signature "Mercy Seat," are all equally compelling standouts from an artist whose time is unquestionably at hand.—GE