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The WOW Gospel brand is back, this time in a condensed format, highlighting the biggest Gospel hits of the past decade. WOW Gospel Essentials – All-Time Favorite Songs offers twelve such mega-hits, the songs running the gamut from traditional to contemporary, from choir smash to solo triumph.

CDTaking a look at the artists represented, this set comes from a veritable Who’s Who of Gospel royalty. Kirk Franklin’s “Stomp” leads the way, with resonant cuts from Fred Hammond, Yolanda Adams and Mary Mary following.

On the choir front, Shekinah Glory Ministries’ smash “Praise Is What I Do”, lead by William Murphy III, is included, as well as Hezekiah Walker’s “I Need You To Survive”. The Tri-City Singers bring “Encourage Yourself”.

It’s hard to distil ten years of hits into a single disk, but WOW Gospel Essentials is up to the task. Check out the complete track listing:

1. “Stomp” – Kirk Franklin

2. “Heaven” – Mary Mary

3. “Open My Heart” – Yolanda Adams

4. “No Weapon” – Fred Hammond

5. “I Need You Now(Live)” – Smokie Norful

6. “Praise Is What I Do” – Shekinah Glory

7. “In The Sanctuary” – Kurt Carr Singers

8. “I Need You To Survive” – Hezekiah Walker

9. “Alabaster Box” – CeCe Winans

10. “Stand” – Donnie McClurkin

11. “You Brought The Sunshine” – The Clark Sisters

12. “Encourage Yourself” – Tri City Singers

Production: Various

album release date: September 22, 2008

EMI Gospel

– reviewed by Stan North –

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