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Darwin Hobbs is an American gospel music singer noted for his vocal similarity to classic soul singer Luther Vandross. In addition to his career as a gospel artist, Hobbs and his ensemble The Darwin Hobbs Choir have also performed both studio and live background vocals for artists such as Jars Of Clay, BeBe Winans, Michael W.

Smith, T.D. Jakes, Shirley Murdock, and countless others. Hobbs also played a small acting role in the HBO movie Boycott.Darwin Hobbs is especially popular for his spirit moving song 'He's able' which has taken the breath of Nigerians away.

The song indeed has been an inspiration for many, many, many gospel singers. - SheffieldhottieHis debut solo project (Mercy) was characterized by an anointing pieced together in soulful song with the help of producers Fred Hammond and Victor and Cedric Caldwell (see review).

Darwin Hobbs turns around swiftly on Vertical, his sophomore project with EMI Gospel, by combining both some of the same, and some fresh twists too.Production mainstays Victor and Cedric Caldwell return to the fold, and join forces with Tommy Sims, whose Positive Movement production house has blown notorious in recent years.

A fascinating choice of guest artists also marks this effort. For more information go to: http://www.gospelflava.com/reviews/darwinhobbsvertical.htmlCrucial to the album is the groovified "Cast All Your Cares", which harnesses the writing hooks of Angie Winans and the brothers Caldwell, is powered by the guitar finesse of Paul Jackson Jr.

, and features a strong chorus supporting Hobb's soulful delivery on lead.The familiar voice of Donna Summer graces "When I Look Up". It's a softly soaring AC ballad about the liberty that Jesus brings, with Hobbs intertwining his pipes with Summer's exquisite phrasing over subtle bird twittering effects and a soft rhythm track.

Written by the Caldwells with up-and-comer Hallerin Hill, it's a quiet full force gale, complete with backing vocals from Angie Winans.Continuing on the guest artist theme, former Doobie Brother turned solo artist Michael McDonald joins his husky soul with Hobbs' rich tones on the head-bob track, Everyday.

Fueled by musical elements of the Gap Band's "Outstanding", the Tommy Sims composition is an urban delight. Check these lines: Surely the mercy of your love is in this placeI know that every day, come rain or shineThat it's mine all mine.

—from "Everyday"On "So Amazing", Hobbs turns the tables on those who can't refrain from constantly comparing his vocal vibe to that of Luther Vandross. With his Gospel cover of this Vandross hit, Hobbs boldly tackles this comparison issue head on.

No doubt he could easily be mistaken for the crooner, but with Hobbs' spirit of sensitivity infused throughout, there's no comparison on the deeper level. Virtue softly provides sweet backing vocals.Michael McDonaldMichael McDonald contributed vocals to a couple of The Winans' projects (Decision and Back 2 Back) back when.

He's primarily known for his work with The Dobbie Brothers and Steely Dan, plus his own solo work.Other hits have come in collaborations with James Ingram, Aretha Franklin, Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross and Donna Summer (who also appears with Darwin Hobbs on this Vertical project).

Hobbs has stated that on this project, "every song was written strategically to represent some aspect of our relationship to God and His relationship to us" —hence the title Vertical, indicating that relationship.

So it's no surprise then, that the jewel in this CD jewel case is the medley of praise and worship ("Praise Medley"). It's on this soft, 8-minute, vocals-focused cut that Hobbs truly astounds with his range and selection of expression.

The fact that he doesn't need vocal dramatics to do this speaks volumes to his gift. Holy praise tunes included are "El Shaddai", "You Are Holy", "You Are My Hiding Place" and "Great Is Your Mercy".Set your alarm clock now, because you certainly don't want to sleep on this project.

There's so much to love on this disk that you may not be able to handle it in one listen.I'm still reeling.http://www.gospelflava.com/reviews/darwinhobbsvertical.html

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Darwin Hobbs performs christian, gospel music and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, or other music performances. The estimated booking fee range to book Darwin Hobbs for your event, Please Contact. Darwin Hobbs has more than 35.1K listeners worldwide and really knows how to entertain your audience. Similar artists are  Kurt Carr, Byron Cage, Donald Lawrence, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Richard Smallwood, DeWayne Woods, Maurette Brown Clark, The Clark Sisters, Martha Munizzi . Contact AAE Music agency for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Darwin Hobbs for an upcoming event.

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