by: Deitrick Haddon

Gospel meets hip-hop in the shape of Detroit artist Deitrick Haddon's CROSSROADS, which, in addition to some fine worship music, boasts some slamming beats, from the bubbling rhythms of "7-Ds" to the Earth, Wind & Fire-like "U.N.I.T.Y." Haddon's smoothly assured vocals bring an Usher-like urgency to the redemptive "It's Over Now," while things take a more traditional turn on the majestic "God Didn't Give Up." Haddon is joined by Contemporary Christian music pioneer Reverend Rance Allen on "Had Not Been," which, in its old-school approach, recalls the Reverend Allen's roots as a Stax recording artist. Pastor and self-help guru Paula White assists with a few inspirational words on the Caribbean-inflected "Walls Are Tumbling." CROSSROADS is a soul-stirring mix of traditional gospel and urban R&B that adds to Grammy-winner Haddon's reputation as one of gospel's most talented performers.

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