From a grassroots level, the independently produced and released Total Praise choir of Brooklyn, N.Y.'s thriving Emmanuel Baptist Church has started a well-deserved brush fire.

From a grassroots level, the independently produced and released Total Praise choir of Brooklyn, N.Y.'s thriving Emmanuel Baptist Church has started a well-deserved brush fire. "Lift Him Up" is pumping gospel/R&B. "The Man" is a reverential praise ballad, showcasing the choir's surprisingly tight, professional vocal chops. "Don't You Dare Give Up" is a percussion-driven song of encouragement, while "Your Praise Shall Continually Be in My Mouth" is convincing, hand-clapping Sunday-morning gospel. Total Praise Live is more than ample proof of the creative and commercial viability of indie projects. More importantly, it shows that great things still can seemingly come from out of the blue. Contact 818-344-8880.—GE

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