New Music Critique: Gene Hoskins

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Contact: warrenhoskinsii@gmail.com
Web: genehoskins.com
Seeking: Booking, Label, Film, Distribution
Style: Inspirational

Gospel artist Gene Hoskins presents praise music that’s as commercial as it is inspirational. A jaunty piano sets the mood for the funky, soul-packed number “Make It With Jesus,” which brings the whole house (guitars, drums, keys, horns, choir, etc.), building and building in energy. Then he shifts to a cool, downtempo, modern R&B vibe with “Unconditional Love,” where Hoskins’ ultra-smooth voice (“You got it, you got it”) is supported by electro effects and a crack female choir, which really shows its stuff on “Deal,” which offers the sinner “freedom from your past,” a promise of a new future. Hoskins’ voice shines best on this recording, joining with his female backups for a rousing finale.

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