Twenty-four year old Dallas native Surel was the youngest daughter of a Christian family and spent her whole life involved in the church. She began singing at age three and was leading the church band by her teenage years.
As a high schooler at DeSoto High School she began writing songs, and continued while attending the University of Houston as a communications and psychology major. She then performed a stint with the Rance Allen Group before going out on her own as a solo performer.
Her strong Gospel voice and her physical beauty made her a noticeable newcomer, and her 2003 debut EP Window to My Soul turned quite a few heads. She continued to develop her craft and in May 2006 released her debut full album, For My Good.
For My Good is a solid combination of Gospel messages and a modern grooves on a surprisingly strong batch of compositions. So quality dance tracks like "You Can't Have It" are offset by the beautiful ballads "My Vow To You" and "Saying Goodbye" and modern Gospel cuts like "What Is Man?" Just as enjoyable are a number of Neo-Soul cuts, the best of which are the title cut and "Beyond My Faults." And for those who stick around to the end there is a special surprise, as Tonex joins Surel for "Daddy's Little Girl," a danceable updating of the Temptations' "Papa Was A Rolling Stone."
With For My Good, Surel has jumped onto the Gospel and R&B scene as a singer/songwriter who appears to have the whole package. She's an artist to watch and, at age 24, has the potential to be a major artist in the years to come. Recommended.
By Chris Rizik