Christian R&B/pop artist Beckah Shae moves up to the next level with Destiny, a smartly-produced showcase for her husky-to-smooth vocals and God-centered songwriting. Shae’s troubled teenage years provide a backdrop for her lyric message of spiritual rebirth and salvation. Tracks like “Hope,” “Gold” and “Destiny” speak eloquently from the viewpoint of a survivor who has struggled on the path to healing. The anthemic “Are You Ready?” and “Show Me” call out to the unsaved in direct, street-wise terms. Shae is confident enough to tweak the Devil (“Supernova”) and openhearted enough to declare her boundless need for God (“Just to Know”). Jack Shocklee’s production, counterpoints insistent club beats with gliding old-school synthesizer tracks to create an ultra-accessible sound that cries out for crossover airplay. Sonic high points include “#putyourloveglasseson” (a steady-swaying jam with an electronic edge) and “Music” (a hypnotic dance number bristling with sly hooks and positive vibes).

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