RiZen

Renowned producer Sanchez Harley premieres his new imprint, ChezMusique, with the debut album of RiZen.

Renowned producer Sanchez Harley premieres his new imprint, ChezMusique, with the debut album of RiZen. This female quartet proudly puts a 21st-century stamp on the straight-ahead, traditional gospel sound of pioneers like the Caravans, the Clara Ward Singers and the many solo legends those acts spawned. "I Long to See You" and "You've Done So Much" are shimmering gospel/pop ballads, while "Lift Up Jesus" is smoking modern R&B. The heart of the group's sound lies in the deliciously bluesy "Trust Him" and the old-school, foot-stomping "View the City." Perfectly balancing the church-meeting fervor of its forebears with contemporary sensibilities, RiZen delivers something truly fresh and exciting.—GE