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Journey to Freedom: Michelle Williams' Album Review

What a perfect birthday present to myself to have Grammy award winner Michelle Williams' latest album, Journey to Freedom. It’s been a few years since her last studio album called Unexpected and with this highly anticipated release Williams is far from her “Heard a Word” and “Do You Know” image.
The album, consisting of twelve tracks with featured artists, comes off of gospel label Light Records. BonnerFideRadio, a music site, featured a listening party on September 8th for the new release and I used this opportunity just like with recording artist Kierra Sheard to listen to the songs. Its actual release is today, September 9, 2014, and I know for certain her supporters and spectators will adore Journey to Freedom.
Williams has the ability to crossover many genres of music because not only is she a Gospel artist, but she was one of the members of the legendary R&B group Destiny’s Child. Because of this advantage to win/reach souls in a generation where people feel like they can do anything without accountability or faith, makes this album that much greater. As I listened continuously to Journey to Freedom, I pondered “what is it that’s keeping ME from being, acting, and doing better?” This album is definitely a self-help/testimonial/Holy-ghost filled therapy session.
My favorite songs off Journey to Freedom would be “Beautiful” and “Fall (feat. Lecrae and Tye Tribbett).” One of the reasons “Beautiful” is a beloved record is because it talks about the beauty of Jesus Christ in every facet of our lives. He sees our imperfections, insecurities, downfalls, and yet his grace covers it all. We serve a God that accepts us as we are. Furthermore, “Fall” featuring Christian hip hop artist Lecrae and gospel artist Tye Tribbett is a song that gives me the hype, ratchetness, and groove I need. Williams even has a mini Destiny’s Child reunion with the song “Say Yes” featuring bandmates Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland that's produced by Harmony Samuels. The trio take a spin on this funky international/African dance beat; even if I wasn’t biased about having my favorite girls together again, nonetheless “Say Yes” is awesome and the lyrics are repetitive for easy learning.
The songs I’ve highlighted are only a glimpse at what the whole album offers. I love the cohesiveness Williams creates and the thoroughness to have a great body of work. I think the best message to come from Journey to Freedom is allowing yourself to be free of whatever’s holding you hostage of your greater you, and going through that journey with assurance and conviction that God will never forsake you.
            Michelle Williams thanks for this awesome bday gift!