Christian & Gospel artist, DONALD NIGHT, released his soulfully sermonic single, Broken, earlier this year; with old school blues nuances feeding into the melody behind the stridently passionate vocals as they instil hope and resilience in the listener, Broken succeeds in lifting spirits to the same level as NIGHT’s.
With so many people out there self-diagnosing themselves as broken, DONALD NIGHT’s single is a timely triumph as it reminds listeners that giving up is never the only option. Even those who don’t find themselves religiously inclined will find salvation in this single. For the pious, Broken has all the makings of a mood-boosting playlist staple.
With gospel feeding into their nuanced lyricism and old school blues weaving into their RnB grooves, each of Marcus Brookins’ tracks is a smorgasbord of soul, that goes much further than offering tonal comfort.
The perfect introduction to their connectable style is the lead track ‘Made Man?’ from their 2021 release, ‘Roof Top Sessions’. The imagery which Marcus Brookins can conjure with their enlightened and humbled lyricism is animated by their soft vocal timbre which is never imposing. Instead, Made Man? is a gravitas-filled release that keeps drawing you in and allowing you to pick out new wisdom with each hit.
Take one part old-school crooner, one part gospel choir, and ten parts blazing hip hop anthem, mix liberally, sprinkle with some poetic lyrical magic, and add a dash of summery pop, and you end up – after liberally baking, of course – with Jeremy Sullivan’s ‘Holiday’.
San Francisco based, and definitively adding a flash of Frisco cool, with ‘Holiday’ Sullivan mixes rap and hip hop with some gospel choir soul and a little bit of old fashioned R&B to produce a track which – like his hometown – effortlessly crosses over boundaries, mixing and merging and enticing everyone in in true San Francisco inclusive style.