First Listen: Clyde J wants to become “Better”

First Listen: Clyde J seeks to become “Better”

The numerous independent, underground voices in the gospel industry continue pressing on to inspire and prick hearts with the good news from the scriptures. In particular, music ministers from outside the major urban markets such as Lisa McClendon, Sean C. Johnson and Tyshan Knight, provide another twist to gospel's already flourishing sounds in the millennium.  Add Clyde J to this growing mix as this multi-dimensional Louisiana-based singer/songwriter lifts up Jesus in a variety of musical settings from electronica and hip-hop to pop and jazz. His upbringing that was anchored by contemporary gospel legends The Clark Sisters and Commissioned further fueled his love for serving God as a minister and musician.  

First Listen: Clyde J seeks to become “Better”

The numerous independent, underground voices in the gospel industry continue pressing on to inspire and prick hearts with the good news from the scriptures. In particular, music ministers from outside the major urban markets such as Lisa McClendon, Sean C. Johnson and Tyshan Knight, provide another twist to gospel's already flourishing sounds in the millennium.  Add Clyde J to this growing mix as this multi-dimensional Louisiana-based singer/songwriter lifts up Jesus in a variety of musical settings from electronica and hip-hop to pop and jazz. His upbringing that was anchored by contemporary gospel legends The Clark Sisters and Commissioned further fueled his love for serving God as a minister and musician.  

The devastating storm Hurricane Katrina displaced Clyde J’s family, thus putting his musical mission on hold for a season.  Eventually, he moved forward towards a solo ministry.  His introductory CD, 50/50, and a follow-up single in a streetwise, convicting message of salvation, “What I Need,” were glimpses of a unique praise and worship platform in progress.  Now on the latest single and First Listen focus, “Better,” from his upcoming sophomore CD, Clyde J switches to a more conventional arrangement but touched up with a neo-soul attitude, The lyrics behind “Better” may be simple in asking for daily spiritual strength, but it is Clyde J’s pure connection to God and diverse musicality that accentuates his whole music ministry.

By Peggy Oliver

Clyde J - "Better"

 

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