Although Peter Gabriel has shied from the limelight during the past decade, Universal's state-of-the-art reissue of his catalog should help remind record buyers of his status as an uncommonly creative, humanistic talent.
The groundbreaking theater work By the Hand of the Father had its premiere two years ago in Los Angeles. Created by Theresa Chavez, Rose Portillo, Alejandro Escovedo, and Eric Gutierrez—with songs written primarily by Escovedo—By the Hand of the Father recounts the experiences of Escovedo's father's generation; that is, Mexicans who made their way north to the U.S. to build new lives.
With a formidable list of accompaniment vocal credits on her rÉsumÉ, including such gospel royalty as Yolanda Adams and the Canton Spirituals, Williams (not to be confused with the pop/R&B singer of the same name) is hardly a newcomer to gospel music.
With their fresh-faced good looks, sunny demeanor, and earnest optimism, this coed quartet establishes itself as a big target out of the box for those leery of yet another sticky dose of vaporous pop country.
Creed is set to resume its North American tour Thursday July 11 with a show in Virginia Beach, Va. The group had canceled 20 of the tour's dates after frontman Scott Stapp reportedly sustained injuries in an automobile accident in April.