Album review
Now Is The Time
Donna Marie
Jet Star / Gospel Times
17 - 05 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Bless His Holy Name
  2. God So Love The World
  3. Now Is The Time
  4. Looking For A Way Out
  5. Wine Of Violence
  6. Why Do I Worry
  7. Call On Him
  8. God's Love Never Changes
  9. The Lord Is My Shepherd
  10. Master Plan
  11. Welcome For Me
  12. Jesus Loves Me
  13. One Love
  14. Outro
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4

Sweet voiced Donna Marie first came to public attention in 1989 with her rendition of Lynne Hamilton's 'On The Inside'. This tune was produced by the legendary Sidney Crooks of the Pioneers and became so popular that it led to the making of her debut album 'Reggae Love Music Volume 1'. Some years ago she had a massive hit with 'Think Twice' and her latest release is 'Now Is The Time'. This album is released on Jet Star's subsidiary label 'Gospel Times' and sees Donna Marie exploring the gospel orientated side of reggae music.
Donna is blessed with an instantly recognisable voice and she's at her best covering successful tunes or riddims, and that's what you can expect right here. The album contains some 13 inspirational songs on a backdrop of some of the most infectious riddims created by the cream of the crop of the UK and Jamaican reggae scene (Mafia & Fluxy, Bubblers, Tony Philips, Jazwad, Dean Fraser) and is recorded at Jet Star's own Cave Studios. As expected the lyrical themes on the album are Christian, dealing with the joy of Christ, peace, mercy, grace, God's love and salvation. The producer of the album, the renowed Tony 'Ruff Cutt' Philips, has managed to give the album a smooth and easy reggae groove with a sophisticated vocal delivery, thus creating a set of gospel orientated reggae songs which will be enjoyed by all reggae fans.

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