V. George Smith, “My Whole Life” Wtitten by: Dwayne Lacy of GospelFlava.com
V. George Smith is one of those producers/artists that could lead various workshops on networking and using social media. He has built great friendships and worked with several in his home state of Connecticut. However, in the last few years, he has used Twitter and Facebook to connect with many others around the country. He releases his debut project, My Whole Life featuring Claude Deuce, Doobie Powell, C. Williams, Denise Powell, Nicqueva and more to interpret the songs that he has written.
Linny Smith masterfully sings the chilled out, “The Only One” accompanied musically by the keys and subtle percussion. L. Smith has a hint of Marcus Cole in his voice, but he is an artist to watch out for. The influence of jazz is pretty strong on this record and it is nice to hear. This album is not an album where V. George Smith steals riffs and licks, but it is the summation of the music that has inspired him to be the best musician that he could be. His love for the musicianship of Mint Condition shows up on “The Best” lead by Melissa McHugh. This one is about God being second to none and not settling for less.
Young and upcoming singers, Nicqueva and C. Williams sing a prayer of surrender on the urban banger, “All of Me” while soon-to-be lawyer, Karrah Miller sings of eternal life with the obviously titled, “Heaven”. Kudos goes to Smith for writing and arranging songs where the artists could bring their distinct while staying true to his vision for the album.
“UR” has a slight groove, but it is still a song of adoration and worship for God. Denise Powell nails this one with a mixture of tone, a slight rasp in her voice and nice phrasing. SING GUL!! Lead single, “I Love You” borrows from the Edwin Hawkins classic of the same name when it comes to the verses. The multi-talented Doobie Powell duets with Karen Porter on lead vocals.
Underrated singer/songwriter, Claude Deuce croons throughout the title track which is a pop acoustic ballad. He expresses his gratitude for God sticking with him for all of his life. Great song, but the background vocals could have been brought up more.
For a debut project, V. George Smith releases a solid project. This young man has a promising career as a songwriter and musician. Please do not despise the day of his small beginnings because he is going to make even more waves. He is putting his trust in God every step of the way.