Founding Dru Hill member Woody Rock makes a noteworthy gospel debut with Soul Music.

Founding Dru Hill member Woody Rock makes a noteworthy gospel debut with Soul Music. And even with a long list of producers and guest artists, Rock's formidable presence—as both singer and songwriter—remain front and center. Rock's Dru Hill mates join him on "My Homey," a punchy R&B ballad with all the earmarks of a major radio hit. "Everybody" is dare-you-not-to-dance hip-hop, with a hard-hitting rap by the guesting Gospel Gangstaz. Gospel's Men of Standard join Rock for the silky smooth "The Question Is," while R&B chart-toppers Mary Mary lend a hand on the lilting, Latin-flavored, and crossover-ready "Good to Be Alive." With feet firmly planted in both gospel and R&B, Rock stands to join Kirk Franklin as another of gospel's Renaissance men.—GE