- Album – Ordinary People
- Artist – Lesters
- Label – Custom
- Style – Progressive
- Release Date – 07/29/16
- Available For Digital Download? – No
Today we take a look at the latest album from the Lesters; Ordinary People. The album has been available since July 29th, 2016.
After several years as an all male trio, the Lesters return to a mixed trio vocal configuration. The group once again where all members are Lesters.
The 2016 edition of the group is composed of Brian Lester (lead/baritone), son Jonathan Lester (tenor/lead) and Jonathan’s wife, Bailee Lester (alto/harmony).
- The Lester name is working on 92 years in Southern Gospel music; a feat that will not be matched by any other artist in the history of the genre.
- Progressive Southern Gospel music has been at the forefront of the group’s sound for over 30 years. Jonathan Lester has the stand out tracks on Ordinary People. The biggest is a song that needs to be sent to Southern Gospel radio; “People Like Me”. A song any listener would be able to relate.
- Jonathan also takes the lead on the progressive ballad, “Because Of The Cross”. His tenor vocal work on this song is impeccable.
- The album opens with a song many will relate to Gold City, “Ain’t God Good”. The fact is, the Lesters were the first to record (1980) and chart the song. It was a top ten hit for the group. Good to hear the Lesters cover it on Ordinary People.
- Front man, Brian Lester has been a mainstay in the Lesters now for fifty years. He turns in a strong performance on the ballad, “I Plead The Blood”. This would also make a strong contender for Southern Gospel radio.
- Brian and Jonathan trade verses on the up-tempo, “God And God Alone”. This song epitomizes the Lester sound of the last 30 years.
- Strongest songs included in order: “People Like Me”, “Because Of The Cross”, “Ain’t God Good”, “I Plead The Blood”, “God And God Alone”, “Soldiers Of The Cross” and “Matter Of Fact, Matter Of Faith”.
- The biggest foul regarding Ordinary People, is not only is it unavailable for digital download, a listener wouldn’t even be able to purchase the CD from the group’s website.
- The Andrae Crouch tune, “I Don’t Know Why” has been making its rounds lately. I don’t know why?
- Weakest songs included in order: “I Don’t Know Why” and “His Name Is Wonderful”.
The Lesters have been part of my musical playlists since the 1980’s; a kid making mix tapes with songs like “Gloryland Gold” and “The Return Of El Shaddai”. In 2016, the Lesters are still providing Southern Gospel listeners with progressive Southern Gospel music; music that should warrant a listen.
SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter: 1. “Ain’t God Good”/Ensemble; Jonathan – Jeffrey Robinson 2. “I Don’t Know Why“/Brian – Andrae Crouch, Edmund Mbatha 3. “Because Of The Cross“/Jonathan – Marty Archer 4. “Wonder Working Power”/Bailee – Marty Funderburk, Rebecca Peck 5. “People Like Me”/Jonathan – Lee Black, Kenna West, Tony Wood 6. “God And God Alone”/Brian; Jonathan – Lee Black, Ricky Free, Kenna West 7. “I Plead The Blood”/Brian – Sandy Blythe 8. “Matter Of Fact, Matter Of Faith“/Bailee – Mak Kaylor, Don Wharton 9. “Soldiers Of The Cross”/Ensemble – Lee Black, Jason Cox, Kenna West 10. “His Name Is Wonderful”/Ensemble – Audrey Mieir