Withholding Nothing

Withholding Nothing

On his third album, Orlando-based lead pastor William McDowell continues to enrich his modern gospel sound with touches of soul, rock, and electronica, all in the service of a God-centric message emphasizing salvation and healing. Withhold Nothing lives up to its title by documenting an uninhibited live performance before an energized church congregation. The album—released as a two-disc CD/DVD set—features 13 new songs that combine elements of classic hymnody with a contemporary feel for melody and rhythm. McDowell kicks things off with a statement of personal vision (“Releasing a Sound”), then establishes a joyful mood with the shimmering instrumental “Bring Me a Minstrel” and the swaying sanctified ballad “Expecting.” Musical diversity and spiritual unity go hand in hand as the set moves from the vigorous, R&B-inflected “We Will Prevail” to the traditional gospel-styled “When I Call Your Name” and the uplifting title track. Joining McDowell are such distinctive singers as Aaron Lindsey (“Are You Ready”), Danny Gokey (“Sovereign God”), and Nicole Binion (“Can’t Live Without You”).

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