Church Boy

Church Boy

by Jackiem Joyner



Urban jazz saxophonist Jackiem Joyner scored a multitude of instrumental radio hits from his first three solid recordings, but his album titles always implied a search for his true identity as an artist. First there was Babysoul, then his nickname Lil' Man Soul, and then his self-titled third set. With his fourth and most dynamic and muscular collection, Joyner "comes home" and admits to being what he always was at heart -- an unapologetic Church Boy, raised to love God and express that through praise and gospel music. While the scorching intensity of some tracks, the emotional maturity of others, and the overall flow of joy and spontaneity is all Joyner's (and always what he was capable of as an artist), he wisely seeks the blessings and musical contributions of his genre's two musical apostles, fellow saxman Kirk Whalum and guitarist Jonathan Butler. Joyner and Whalum create a playful duality and conversation on Kirk Franklin's spirited, funk-driven clapalong, while Butler adds his snappy acoustic charms to the high-octane, electric guitar-charged soaring rocker "Bless the Lord (Son of Man)," a Tye Tribbett classic. Joyner finds a unique way of mixing renowned spirituals (a dreamy closing take on "Jesus Loves Me") with contemporary Christian hits (a hypno-funky spin on Franklin's "Hosanna," a soaring and expectation-filled romp through TobyMac's "City on Our Knees"), and mainstream pop tunes with a spiritual lilt (Justin Bieber's "Pray"). While Joyner saves the best for first with the throbbing energy of Israel Houghton's "You Are Good," he's also got some original magic up his sleeve later, with tunes like the pocket groove ballad "Free Fallin'" and "Sunday Jam," which opens with a rich improvisation before settling into a reflective, happy-smooth midtempo flow. Like the prodigal son, Joyner wandered off his true musical path, and though he found some riches along the way, it's a blessing to all that he found his way back home

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2012
Label: Artistry Music
UPC: 0181475703327
catalogNumber: 7033
Rank: 213988

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jackiem Joyner   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Jonathan Butler   Acoustic Guitar
Raymond Johnson   Drums
Kirk Whalum   Tenor Saxophone
Butler   Piano,Keyboards
Kay Ta Matsuno   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Matt Hamel   Vocals
Brittani Cole   Vocals
Dee Cole   Vocals
Rachelle Malbrough Ellison   Vocals
Louis Hohl   Vocals
Lola Joyner   Vocals

Technical Credits

Percy Bady   Composer
Kirk Franklin   Composer
Terry Lewis   Composer
Omar Martinez   Composer
Toby McKeehan   Composer
James Moore   Composer
Fred Tackett   Composer
Kelly Owens   Composer
James Harris   Composer
Maria Ehrenreich   Producer
Denny Stilwell   Executive Producer
William B. Bradbury   Composer
Raj Naik   Art Direction
Israel Houghton   Composer
Cary Barlowe   Composer
Jackiem Joyner   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Instrumentation
Jon Owens   Composer
Adam Messinger   Composer
Nasri Atweh   Composer
Justin Bieber   Composer
Kevin Clayton   Engineer
Anna Warner   Composer
Tom Malkiewicz   Engineer
Matt Hamel   Composer
Gretchen Valade   Executive Producer
Louis Hohl   Composer

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Church Boy 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great help. Smooth listening.