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Carolyn Traylor

"Thinking on the goodness of the Lord is sure to lift your spirits, and Carolyn Traylor's "Good to Me" is sure to make a great soundtrack for the experience.







'He's so good to me / He constantly makes ways for me / He opens doors for me / Loves on me...' goes the contagious hook. After just one listen, I couldn't stop humming the melody.

Traylor, who hails from Texas, has musical experiences on her resumé ranging from performances with Albertina Walker to international tours with Dr. Bobby Jones. Her soulful flare, which delves into blues territory, is just what this groove needs to complement its punchy bass, simmering horn section and lively contemporary-styled background vocals."


Libra Boyd,Editor of Gospel Music Fever™

            Carolyn Traylor's Don't Wanna Be Left Behind definitely won't be left behind in the ratings races or the hearts of all hear her warm, nurturing, vocal admonitions. Don't Wanna Be Left Behind offers a rich serving of upbeat, fast- traditional flavored cuts that minister grace to the hearer. The first song, I Feel the Spirit, basically knocks the wind out of any doubts or reservations that may have existed as you listen to the powerhouse stylings of Carolyn and wonder how so much power can come from one woman's voice.


Reviewed by Gospel

"Carolyn Traylor got her start under the late Olivia Branch Walker, and then turned heads with her Don't Wanna Be Left Behind solo debut, under the guidance of Dorothy Norwood. Her sophomore project for Malaco Records, There's A Story Behind My Praise, leaves another wallop, as she again demonstrates her flair for finely honed traditional vocals.

The Texas native joins up with industry veterans such as Marquis Egerton and David Blakely to finesse 13 studio-recorded songs, accompanied by an assembled crew of vocalists.


Highlights of the project

include Traylor's redo of

Thomas Dorsey's classic

'Don't Know Why'

(perhaps most famously

sung by Bessie Griffin),

and V. Michael McKay's

encouraging 'Your Time',

with its softly rendered

ballad format and

Blakely's piano work.

Traylor herself writes on the album, offering up 'It's Already Yours', a cut that begins acappella and quickly turns into a meld of extemporaneous praise and sermonette. On the title cut, Traylor co-writes with Blakely to tell her testimony in keyboard-blessed balladry.

Other songs not to miss are Malcolm Williams' bumpin' 'No Credit', Derrick Starks' "Call Jesus" and Egerton's melodic "Redemption".

Call this a project for the ages —you can count on it to add quality to your traditional collection."


Reviewed by Stan North


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