If the name Jessica Reedy
sounds familiar, you may recall her stellar performances as a contestant on BET’s gospel singing competition Sunday Best. Reedy
’s golden voice enabled her to finish as a runner up on Sunday Best and garnered a recording contract with Light Records. From the Heart
is her debut album.
Blending jazz, 70’s soul, and old-fashioned gospel, Jessica Reedy
can best be described as a combination of Kim Burrell
and Mary Mary
. Her single “Put it on the Altar” features bluesy guitars, jazzy horns, and a catchy rhythm that is impossible to resist clapping along to.
As a nod to traditional gospel, Reedy
covers the Williams Brothers hit “I’m Still Here”, and puts her personal touch on the gospel classic “God Has Smiled on Me”.
Possessing a soulful, groovy beat and featuring guest vocals by R&B star Faith Evans, “Doctor Love” is the album’s standout track. Inspired by her own life experiences, many of Reedy
’s songs feature messages of encouragement and hope, such as the ballad, “Always”, the testimonial “Something out of Nothing”, and the Israel Houghton
penned “Moving Forward”.
’s beautiful vocals shine from the first song to the last, and her anointed voice places her among today’s top female gospel vocalists.
From the Heart
is a spectacular debut album, which fans of gospel music will find particularly enjoyable.