I was blessed to travel to the 2013 Stellar Music Awards for the first time this year. I had an opportunity to meet many of our well known Gospel artists, such as Tye-Trib, Alexis Spite, Marvin Sapp, and Donnie McKlurkin and soon on. It was at the Stellar media awards show that I had the distinct pleasure to meet these three brothers, Collage III out New Orleans, LA. We had the opportunity to get a quick interview with them and to find out that we know some of the same people, one being my wife who was born in Baton Rouge but lived in New Orleans most of her life. Their management hooked us up with a copy of their newly released project, “Under Construction”.
WHAT I LIKED
What I liked about the project was that it reminded me of the CD’s that when you glance at the cover you knew it would be good. From the outside of the CD case to the inside it was put together really well, so I knew I was in for a surprise. They had the components of what a group should be like on the music and in public.
I believe the style of this album was more so for the streets than the church. It has an R&B feel like Gerald Levert, Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill of LSG but with an anointing. This is one of those albums you can just listen to it over and over again.
The music was the icing on the cake for me. It was not all just one style of music but a mixture of flavors. You had music that you could party to, just ride to, rock out to and even give God the praise. A surprise on the Album was to see Mr. Magic formally of No Limit Soldiers on “Freedom”. Many times during the production of a project the music can get lost due to over mixing and mastering. I can say this project was done just right with professional mixing & mastering. My favorites on this project were, “Moving On” ft. Cash Epics, “Better Man”, “Blessed” ft. Y Luck, “Freedom” ft. Mr. Magic formally of No Limit Soldiers just to name a few.
WHAT WOULD LIKE TO SEE
The overall production of this album is grade A level but it would be a great disappointment if others never get to hear it. The only thing I would like to see in the future from Collage III is that the production of their project would lead us through each song transition. When you start to add skits and musical transition to your production it causes the listeners to feel like they are in an audio movie. I would also love to see these brothers traveling across the nation packing out arenas everywhere to minister the Gospel through their music.
WHERE TO GET THE MUSIC
Collage III’s new album is available at cdbaby & Amazon.
Visit Collage III’s website at: www.collage3.com