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Coko

The Winner In Me
Light Records
EJ Gaines
July 9, 2009

There’s been a lot of buzz about Coko’s sophomore gospel effort, The Winner In Me, for several months now.  And lemme tell ya– the wait was worth it.

This project, in stores this coming Tuesday, is a great follow-up to her debut from a few years back– it demonstrates artistic growth while providing fans with the classic sound that we fell in love with on the first gospel album… actually, no… we fell in love with it back in the SWV days, didn’t we?! ;-)

Diverse tracks with memorable hooks and great production are hallmarks of this 12-track project, which features guest spots from Canton Jones, Israel Houghton, Kelly Price and Coko’s mother, Lady Tibba.  Among the producers are Coko’s husband (and industry drummer extraordinaire) Mike “Big Mike” Clemons and relative newcomer Jamiene “J Skills” Thompson (who produced half of George Huff’s latest project).  And I think I peeped some songwriting credits for David Caton and his wife Timiney. [Editor’s Note: Timiney Caton’s maiden name is Timiney Figueroa, as in… the lead soloist on the classic Hezekiah Walker cut “Calling My Name”… as in… current member of the Kurt Carr Singers… as in… the older sister of Anaysha Figueroa… need I go on?]

I digress.  Coko’s soaring soprano transitions well across a wide range of musical styles on this project– she moves from tracks with hip-hop beats, to modern churchy joints, to CCM-styled ballads.  But she remains at all times AUTHENTIC.  If I’m being honest (and I always try to be), I have to admit that I was looking forward to the Coko & Kelly Price duet because I wanted to hear them demolish a really churchy track.  Instead, they demolished a more urban track.  But “demolished” is the operative word, so how mad could I be? ;-)

Favorite cuts: “May Be The Last Time,” a single-worthy anthem that is sure to be added to repertoires of MANY praise teams; “Make A Way,” a rock-infused track laced with verses by Canton Jones (it’s hot); “The Joy Of The Lord,” an urban duet with Israel; “I Surrender,” an all-out song of… well, surrender; and “Renew My Mind,” a classic song of supplication for renewal, featuring Coko’s mother (who, if you recall, appeared on Coko’s debut project, on the “Mighty God” track).  That song, too, could be a fave on Sunday morning.  And, of course, I’m still enjoying the project’s first single, “Wait.”

The short and sweet of it: fans of Coko will absolutely not be disappointed, people on the fence will appreciate the great music on this project, and skeptics of the whole “R&B-turned-gospel-artist” phenomenon will have one more reason to pipe down.  Coko appears to have poured all of her energy into her passion– making music that glorifies God and edifies the Body of Christ.  With The Winner In Me, I think she succeeds at both.

  • Tyrone

    I think this is going to be a nice project. Her last album was put together very well. EJ, you’re trying have a brotha at the door when the store open on Tueday. I want to hear the songs with Canton and Kelly.

  • Kenya Cross

    Yah! I’m getting it. Thanks, EJ for the review. Now, I’m confident when I download. You know you bettah go head SANG, Coko!!!!

  • Odi

    you have me droolin’ for it bruh… thx for the heads up bruh…

  • Wil

    Will be released on July 14, 2009. I anticipate that this CD will be one of the best rhythm and praise CD this year. Coko has demonstrated her distinctive vocal skills in the past and I’m sure this CD will not disappoint.

    Collaborations with artist Kelly Price, Canton Jones will not disappoint. I encourage you all to visit preachpastor.com and buy this new CD.

  • Byron

    Just bought it tonight on iTunes. It starts off with such a great energy and doesnt stop. Job well-done.

    Another thing, I love the fact that it’s released with a digital booklet. So far that’s not been seen in gospel. Or do I not buy enough gospel music on iTunes? :|

  • tai

    I have bought Coko album and to tell you the truth i am alittle displease with it i’m a big fan i just think her last album was better . I dont think that the producers pull enough out of coko she just sings the songs the and they let her they did not pull out of that deep church singing .coko has a powerful voice thats has such a range on it and listen to some of the tracks they fell a little weak for me .I was hoping for so much more and for her to take me somewhere like never before .but i still listen to it and it s growing on me and overal its not a bad album to have i give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5 i just know cok has more to offer ten what i got o the album

  • tai

    I have bought Coko album and to tell you the truth i am alittle displease with it i’m a big fan i just think her last album was better . I dont think that the producers pull enough out of coko she just sings the songs the and they let her they did not pull out of that deep church singing .coko has a powerful voice thats has such a range on it and listen to some of the tracks they fell a little weak for me .I was hoping for so much more and for her to take me somewhere like never before .but i still listen to it and it s growing on me and overal its not a bad album to have i give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5 i just know coko has more to offer then what i got on the album