Former child star DeLeon Richards, affectionately known as "Little DeLeon," more than delivers on her eighth album—so much so that it's way past time to retire that moniker.

Former child star DeLeon Richards, affectionately known as "Little DeLeon," more than delivers on her eighth album—so much so that it's way past time to retire that moniker. DeLeon's Tommy Boy Gospel label debut is a no-doubt-about-it declaration of maturity and independence. Co-writing a number of the album's 12 strong songs and working with a strictly A-team roster of hit-making gospel and R&B producers, DeLeon delivers the work of her young lifetime. Gospel standard "I Shall Wear a Crown" gets a smooth, soulful reworking. The punchy, urban "Faith Is" is a solid candidate for taking the Gospel to the dancefloor. "Move on up the Mountain," is Sunday-morning hip-hop, while "Don't Let It Get You Down" is modern R&B balladry at its sweetest. With a career's worth of work already behind her, DeLeon sounds as cool as the seasoned veteran she has become.—GE