Ok, if you’ve ever listened to me on air (“The Tinman Brown Project” – airs Mon-Fri 4-6pm EST or 1-3pm PST, excuse me for the shameless plug, lol), then you have heard about this dude. His name is Sean C. Johnson, and he IS neo-soul gospel.By that I mean that he has the genre on lock, just as Lisa McClendon did back in the day. His latest project, Simply a Vessel, Vol 3: Surrender All, has been out for a few months now (it dropped in April) – so I apologize for taking so long to write this review.
For those of you who don’t know about Sean, the self described ”army brat” is a US Army Veteran who has been putting in work, for the last few years. I was put on to him by the mixtape he released back in early-2011, The Joy Mixtape (get it here, for FREE)
Simply a Vessel, Vol 3: Surrender All is a mix of the 70’s Soul music mixed with 90’s Hip Hop. The project chronicles the life of a person who is surrender, totally, to God – it’s not always rosey BUT IT’S DOABLE! From Track #1 – Gonna Be, which puts it plain as day, you have to choose what side of the fence you are going to be on to Track #3 – Still Breathing, which which says basically “I’m sorry for what I did yesterday, You (God) had every right to kill me, yet I’m still breathing. Thank you for you grace and mercy, for allowing me “another chance to get this right”.
The lead single off the LP, Track # 4 – Who, asks the rhetorical question, “who is like the Lord”? The track oozes with practical theology wrapped around an insane track ,that is laced with a trunk-thumping bassline. Johnson, with this album, wants folk to ENJOY the music, while also being encouraged and uplifted at the simultaneously. He also wants them to walk away from this album motivated to walk in the Grace that God gives us each day as we go about Surrendering our lives to Him.
All in all —> BUY THIS ALBUM TODAY!!!!! It’s available of iTunes, Amazon, and wherever else you buy your music.