First Listen: Isaac Carree sings an ode to "Her"

(August 17, 2019) Taking risks in the name of artistry can elevate an artist’s performance and expand his or her marketability in the process. And usually it does not matter what the genre. But when push comes to shove with risk taking, Isaac Carree stretches those musical boundaries, even for the sake of the gospel message because - after all - as the familiar pop anthem declares, “I’ve got to be me.” Undoubtedly, Carree has been doing himself for over twenty years, always charting respectively on Billboard’s Gospel and Indie charts - delivering unapologetic testimonies in keeping that eternal hope alive without forsaking scripture to make his points.  After his tenure with John P. Kee and the New Life Community Choir, he joined the quartet Men of Standard for an impressively long season. However, Carree's silky, soulful tenor outside M.O.S.

(August 17, 2019) Taking risks in the name of artistry can elevate an artist’s performance and expand his or her marketability in the process. And usually it does not matter what the genre. But when push comes to shove with risk taking, Isaac Carree stretches those musical boundaries, even for the sake of the gospel message because - after all - as the familiar pop anthem declares, “I’ve got to be me.” Undoubtedly, Carree has been doing himself for over twenty years, always charting respectively on Billboard’s Gospel and Indie charts - delivering unapologetic testimonies in keeping that eternal hope alive without forsaking scripture to make his points.  After his tenure with John P. Kee and the New Life Community Choir, he joined the quartet Men of Standard for an impressively long season. However, Carree's silky, soulful tenor outside M.O.S. has led him to be called upon many times as a soloist and featured performer alongside such artists as Marvin Sapp and Mary Mary.

Returning from a six-year hiatus where he refueled his creative spirit, Carree brings his true to R&B edged self on his first single from the upcoming project aptly called, No RiskNo Reward.  Our First Listen focus, "HER," dedicates a pure humbleness for the love of his life, his wife Dietra Carree.  Yet it's not just an ordinary thank you, as Carree firmly remembers to give God the utmost glory in how He designed love for marriages:  "I'm thanking You/ And when I give my love to her/ I'm thanking You/ Loving her like Christ love the Church/ 'cause ya told me to."

This crossover track decorated with dazzling keys and minimal percussion should register on several urban radio platforms.  And “HER” marks a memorable debut for Carree on Shanachie Entertainment, dropping a fine-tuned balancing act between quiet storm and praise - a risk for Carree that continues to reap many artistic rewards.  

By Peggy Oliver

Isaac Carree - "HER"

 

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