I looooooove Israel’s latest project, The Power Of One, and I know I’ve made that crystal clear since before its release. I love practically every track and it, as a whole, has blessed me tremendously.
Since its release, I’ve heard A LOT of people reference ”Moving Forward,” which he co-wrote with Ricardo Sanchez. They’ve talked about how much they love it, how much of a blessing it is, how it’s encouraging them, etc. And I concur.
But what’s interesting to me is that less than 5 months before Israel’s album came out, Hezekiah Walker released Souled Out, which not only features the SAME song, but also features Ricardo Sanchez on lead vocals. Few people are going ga-ga over Hezekiah’s version, if they even know about it at all.
So, my mental wheels started churning and I have a coupla questions for ya…
1. Did you know that Hezekiah Walker had just done the same song?
2. If so, which version do you enjoy more and why? Is it about the style of the song– more acoustic/solo (Israel) vs. band/choir (Hezekiah)?
And the big one…
3. Honestly, don’t you feel that some folks will automatically consider Israel’s version “legitimate” over Hezekiah Walker’s version? If so, why is that?!
In my opinion, I think that we, as gospel consumers, don’t always “buy it” when more traditional gospel artists experiment with songs that have a hint of CCM in them. If they’re known for foot-stompin’ and shoutin’, we don’t believe artists when they try to broaden their musical horizons…
But is that fair?
Lemme know what you think.