Hartley and his seven-voice ensemble debut with an eclectic mixture of sounds, including dance ("Everyday Is a New Day"), reggae ("Love Is All We Need"), funk ("Jesus I'll Never Forget"), and smooth j

Hartley and his seven-voice ensemble debut with an eclectic mixture of sounds, including dance ("Everyday Is a New Day"), reggae ("Love Is All We Need"), funk ("Jesus I'll Never Forget"), and smooth jazz ("Save Me"). Hartley, a pastor in his native Queens, N.Y., whose pre-ministerial résumé includes back-up vocal stints with Mariah Carey and Aretha Franklin, pulls it all together with impressive aplomb. Eschewing traditional gospel altogether, Hartley offers the message for people who prefer it served from an entirely different and diverse musical menu.—GE

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