Peninsula Church of the Nazarene and Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church will be hosting E.D. MondainÃ© and Belief this coming Saturday at 6pm in the Peninsula Church Center; 5000 N Place; Seaview, WA.
E.D. MondainÃ© & 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 MondainÃ©, who was referred to as â€œthe Luther Vandross of Gospelâ€ by the Lancaster, PA Sunday News. The groupâ€™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, â€œA PLACE FOR ME,â€ represents their third studio album and shows a clear maturation in their writing and stylistic depth. One reviewer referred to their sound as, â€œBarry White meets Nina Simone at a Barry Manilow concert.â€ This album takes inventory of what they have been through, where they are in their lives, and is a positive affirmation of where theyâ€™re headed.
E.D. MondainÃ© & Beliefâ€™s sophomore album, Everything Must Change, was reviewed by GospelFLAVA.com.Â Below is the review by Dwayne Lacy:
E.D. MondainÃ© & 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. MondainÃ©â€™s baritone weaves through the piano and trumpet driven, â€œOh Lord Stop By Hereâ€ with the groupâ€™s subtle backing vocals serving as an add on. â€œTrust in the Lordâ€ 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 MondainÃ© speaks against the lies of the enemy on both â€œWhoâ€™s Been Talking to Youâ€ and â€œDevilâ€™s Out to Get Yaâ€. Donâ€™t miss Andy Bellâ€˜s guitar solo and Eddie ParentÃ©â€˜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, â€œHave You Got Good Religionâ€, and they do a good job with this a cappella number. The group then goes on to school us with Gospel Choir 101 on â€œWhy Cant I Say Soâ€.
Jazz enthusiasts, and those looking for something beyond the ordinary will find something of interest in this project. Check it out.