Saturday, April 18, 2009
Last.fm Song Of The Day-Marvin Sapp
Song:Never Would Have Made It
I've talked before about how one never knows when a song will come from nowhere and strike a chord with listeners and transcend the limitations of the musical genre. And that's what happened with this surprise hit by gospel singer Marvin Sapp. The reaction from most folks who write about mainstream R & B was "Don't you mean Warren Sapp?" Uh, no. They're not related. Of course I've been a Marvin Sapp fan for over a decade. He's from Grand Rapids, MI and he's the senior pastor of the Lighthouse Full Life Center Church. He always says he's a preacher first. He was first noticed when he replaced Keith Staten in the very popular 90s gospel group Commissioned. But he's been very popular in the gospel market since he went solo in 1997. Never Would Have Made It took Sapp to a whole new level. The song reached #14 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles chart and Thirsty reached #4 on the R & B Album chart and #28 on the Billboard Hot 200. And the video was in heavy rotation on BET. It's uncharted territory for Sapp and very similar to what happened to Donnie McClurkin a few years ago with We Fall Down. Sapp usually doesn't write songs but he wrote Never Would Have Made It after his father died. He didn't want to record it but his wife Malinda liked the song and Sapp's organist Matthew Brownie helped him complete it. The album Thirsty was produced by Aaron Lindsey. He is best known for his work with Israel & New Breed. I don't think the song is any different from Sapp's other songs so I don't know why it became such a big hit. He's a great singer regardless but like I said, that's the nature of the entertainment business. Nobody knows anything. Here's the video for Never Would Have Made it by Marvin Sapp.