The best Gospel CD of 2011: Deitrick Haddon’s “Church On The Moon”

Despite releases from Gospel’s biggest stars– Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary–Christian Music Makers is going to go out on a limb here, and declare Deitrick Haddon’s “Church On The Moon” the best Gospel CD of 2011. If Marvin Sapp captured are attention last year, it’s “D-Haddy” this year, because he’s taking Gospel to a whole ‘notha level with “Church On The Moon.”

It’s rare that there’s a “concept” album in black Gospel music. Usually it’s pretty typical to have the same-old, same-old sounding music when it comes to Gospel. Every few decades though, someone comes along and takes Gospel to another place, musically, and Deitrick does this with “Church On The Moon,” which imagines what it would be like to know about The Gospel in the year 3000! This “space age” sound, along with his digital crooning style a la Akon meets Michael Jackson, with a very R. Kelly sound overall, is the kind of style that will appeal to a lot of young people today, especially outside of the church walls.

Since Michael Jackson died, people have wondered who could “replace him?” Well, there’s really no replacing him, though Usher and Akon do a decent job bringing “MJ-style” sounds and beats to the world. However, who’d expect a guy doing Gospel music could manage to win over this Michael Jackson fan with music that sounds as if Michael was still alive and singing about Jesus???

“Church On The Moon” features intricately layered harmonies, creative instrumentation, and groovy basslines that’ll get your body moving to the slinky, thick beats.

You need to experience the whole album for yourself. In an era when people buy “singles,” and hardly go to stores anymore to buy full CDs, this “Church On The Moon” release is one of those discs you should go to a store and buy– a physical disc! It’s one of those CDs that makes listening to music, and “Gospel,” interesting again– it’s like watching a great basketball player and you’re wondering what he’s capable of– that’s what Deitrick’s music is like. –Mark Weber

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Mark Weber publishes the MarkWeberMusicBlog.

7 thoughts on “The best Gospel CD of 2011: Deitrick Haddon’s “Church On The Moon””

  1. I agree with you that Deitrick’s new album is innovative. I really didn’t know he head a new album until I heard a new song on the Internet. I wasn’t sure if it was just from an old album that I just hadn’t heard yet or not. So, I looked him up on the Internet, and sure enough, I found that he had a new album. I was able to listen to it in its entirety on Rhapsody. I truly enjoyed listening to it!

    Thanks for giving credit to this artist for the awesome job he did on his latest album!

  2. I posted the above comment as well

    Some Christians copy straight from the world. From the sound of their music to using the robotic voices thats been popular in the world. Apparently what they don’t see is that it makes them and Christians look bad. It sends the message, “I want to be cool too, so I’ll sound like worldly artist and taint my image at the same time.” I hate when Christian artist do this. Stop secretly (or openly) listening to the worlds music. Listening to it influences your music. It’s obvious to others that is where you get your inspiration… the world.

  3. J you have a good point but i also think its a good way to reach teens they are attracted to this kind of stuff and the lyrics gives praise to the almighty father in heaven plus we all compromise to worldly stuff believe it or not its by God’s grace that we remain holy, for example do you not wear clothes of the world, shoes of the world us technology of the world, the internet has pornography so i am not going to use it see what i mean but by GOD’s grace and love he watches over us guides us cleans us 🙂

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