Belief on the Pacific

Peninsula Church of the Nazarene and Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church will be hosting E.D. Mondainé and Belief this coming Saturday at 6pm in the Peninsula Church Center; 5000 N Place; Seaview, WA.

E.D. Mondainé & Belief have a satin sound that is a smooth blend of Black Gospel, Soulful R&B, and Contemporary Jazz. They are fronted by the dynamic vocals of Pastor Elbert Mondainé, who was referred to as “the Luther Vandross of Gospel” by the Lancaster, PA Sunday News. The group’s sound is inspired by such all-time greats as Stevie Wonder, The Spinners, The Temptations, Lionel Richie, Nat King Cole, Marvin Gaye, Mahalia Jackson, Fred Hammond, Israel & New Breed, and countless others.

Their current release, “A PLACE FOR ME,” represents their third studio album and shows a clear maturation in their writing and stylistic depth. One reviewer referred to their sound as, “Barry White meets Nina Simone at a Barry Manilow concert.” This album takes inventory of what they have been through, where they are in their lives, and is a positive affirmation of where they’re headed.

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E.D. Mondainé & Belief’s sophomore album, Everything Must Change, was reviewed by GospelFLAVA.com.  Below is the review by Dwayne Lacy:

E.D. Mondainé & Belief take you to a musical destination perhaps a little beyond your familiar territory. As a jazz ensemble who sing the praises of God, they show their prowess on Everything Must Change.

E.D. Mondainé’s baritone weaves through the piano and trumpet driven, “Oh Lord Stop By Here” with the group’s subtle backing vocals serving as an add on. “Trust in the Lord” is a smooth number drawing inspiration from Proverbs 3:5-6, with the only wayward note being the looseness of the vocal mix.

The tempo picks up as Mondainé speaks against the lies of the enemy on both “Who’s Been Talking to You” and “Devil’s Out to Get Ya”. Don’t miss Andy Bell‘s guitar solo and Eddie Parenté‘s rapid-fire violin playing on these two numbers.

Belief venture into some different styles of music on this project, with a stripped-down revist of the Negro Spiritual, “Have You Got Good Religion”, and they do a good job with this a cappella number. The group then goes on to school us with Gospel Choir 101 on “Why Cant I Say So”.

Jazz enthusiasts, and those looking for something beyond the ordinary will find something of interest in this project. Check it out.

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