This project has a perfect blend of traditional gospel flavors. Expressed and performed by an incredible, talented, gospel vocalist. She creates a thunderous atmosphere for serious praise, worship and meditation from the beginning to the end. The CD “God Can Do Anything” is very solid. Shirley delivers a strong and clear message “it makes you think you are back in the country, clapping and stomping your foot on a wooden church floor.” This project also features the Rev. Clay Evans on “Save the Children.” Shirley Bell and the “God Can Do Anything” CD will surely bring back many many memories. You will love it and buy this CD now on CDBaby, Itunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Amazon MP3, overboardrecords.com. If you would love more information contact Darrell Jay Jones, (936) 546-2612, P. O. Box 1253, Crockett, TX 75835 or call the dynamic singer herself, Shirley Bell to meet and greet or for any bookings (708) 862-7480.
Online PR News – 11-July-2009 – – You know the saying, “It takes years to become an overnight success?” Shirley Bell can testify.
Her debut CD, God Can Do Anything, comes after many years of dedicated music ministry at Rev. Dr. Clay Evans’ renowned Fellowship M.B. Church in Chicago. Musicians and vocalists of all styles sat in the Fellowship sanctuary back in the day enjoying its singing choir, courtesy of the music direction of LouDella Evans Reid. That’s the environment in which Shirley honed her skills as a gospel singer, and she showcases them on God Can Do Anything.
Recorded at Samaritan Bible Baptist Church, where two Fellowship alumni, Rev. Billy Jones and his wife Jeanette Robinson-Jones (Helen Robinson Youth Chorus) are Pastor and First Lady, God Can Do Anything is quintessentially Chicago. Gospel with a capital G, the sound on the CD is largely high-intensity and churchy, with Shirley roaring through sing-a-long gospel songs like Dorothy Norwood’s understudy. Bryant Jones, the son of Samaritan Bible Baptist's proprietors, brings his inestimable talents to bear on keyboards and as music director. Bryant’s group Chosen provides the full-throated background vocals.
The highlight of the album is the current single, “Power of the Holy Ghost,” a supercharged hand-clapper in the style of Dr. Charles Hayes and the Cosmopolitan Warriors. When Shirley performed this song at the CD release party at Fellowship recently, the spirit in the room was so high the audience was transported momentarily from a Missionary Baptist church basement to the sanctuary of a COGIC church.
Other strong tracks on the CD are the title song and the largely a cappella “Old Church Medley,” a string of congregational songs punctuated by lively audience participation and shouts of encouragement.
Rev. Dr. Clay Evans makes a cameo appearance on “Save the Children,” offering a fervent prayer as a lonely saxophone plays jazz riffs in the background and Shirley sings head-shakingly about troubles facing youth today. It’s one of the CD’s rare quiescent moments.
“Jesus Loves Me” finds Shirley improvising on the familiar hymn, interplaying with the audience, and then moving into a more contemporary interpretation, with Chosen giving the finale a Hawkins Family vibe.
God Can Do Anything, a marvelous example that old-school gospel singing is alive and well in Chicago, is on Darrell Jay Jones’ OverBoard Records label out of Crockett, Texas.