Personnel includes: Vickie Winans (vocals); Mario "Skeeter" Winans (various instruments); Johnathan DuBose (guitar); Steven Ford (strings, horns, piano, organ, synthesizer); Aaron Lindsey (synthesizer); Mark Walter (bass); Jeffrey Davis (drums); The Straight Gate Mass Choir.
Recorded live at The Straight Gate Church, Detroit, Michigan.
LIVE IN DETROIT II was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album.
Personnel: Carolyn Brown, Larue Ford, Crystal Bolden, Shanelle Ford, Syreeta Ford, Marc Britt, Delores Coleman, Donna Williams, Cathy Williams, Ron Kelly, Tina Brooks, Renee Williams, Jean Ford, Michelle Johnson, Orlando Wright , Rodney Harris (vocals); Jonathan DuBose, Jr. (guitar); Steven Ford (strings, horns, piano, organ, synthesizer, bass synthesizer, percussion); Anthony Walker (piano); Aaron Lindsey (synthesizer, bass synthesizer); Jeffrey Davis (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixers: Glenn Barratt; Steven Ford; Vickie Winans.
Audio Remixer: Mario Winans.
Recording information: Metro Mobile Recording; MorningStar Recording, Spring House, PA; Straight Gate Recording Studio, Detroit, MI; Studio A, Detroit, MI; SyRue Recording Studios, Philadelphia, PA; The Straight Gate Church, Detro.
Unknown Contributor Role: Straight Gate Mass Choir.
Arrangers: Steven Ford; Vickie Winans.
Questions surrounding the authenticity of its attendant crowd noise aside, LIVE IN DETROIT II is a positively electric follow-up to the gospel matriarch's popular--and equally butt-shaking--1997 set LIVE IN DETROIT. Winans is a gospel singer of the highest order, capable of gentle storytelling (as on the softly wrought "Oh What Love") or booming exultations of praise to the creator (the crowd-moving set opener, "I Hear the Music in the Air"). Adding to the energy is a booming backing choir, and a tight band that offers tasteful, unobtrusive accompaniment. The set's standout track is an acrobatic but appropriately reverential take on "Old Gospel Medley," in which the singer punctuates many of her lines with grunts of affirmation. While piano trickles in the background, organ shoots out cascades of melody, and an electric bass holds down a seismic undertow, Winans glides through the upper register with the grace of an eagle floating on high.