REVIEW: Deitrick Haddon–“Masterpiece”

Deitrick Haddon-Masterpiece-album_coverBelieve it or not, 2015 marks over 20 years in Gospel music industry for Deitrick Haddon. The Detroit-bred artist first broke into the industry with the male group Perfect Peace and made waves with his church choir Voices of Unity in 1995. Since then, he’s released a number of projects with various choirs and groups while presenting a distinctly more urban sound on his solo efforts. Following the Stellar success of his 2014 project with the LA based choir League of Xtraordinary Worshippers (LXW), Haddon returns with his seventh solo release titled Masterpiece.

Seventeen tracks strong, this project reflects Haddon’s public journey over the last few years. Led by the introspective single “Restore Me Again”, this release really does capture some of Haddon’s best solo work dating back to successful efforts such as Lost & Found and 7 Days.

IMG_0754_rt_rev1The decidedly urban feeling of this project hits you in the face with the album’s title track which launches the release. This single aptly describes the central message of the project which ultimately says that all things do work together to form God’s masterpiece. A constant theme throughout the effort is Haddon’s transparency. On several tracks, he takes ownership of the challenges of his past and focuses on the power of God’s transformation. Songs like “Perfect Storm” share powerful lyrics such as “It was a perfect storm that blew me in the right direction. You kept me from harm when I didn’t know I was in danger.”

Masterpiece is written with the design of genuinely reaching people where they are. The project isn’t laced with heavy theological concepts or deep philosophical thought. Instead, it presents concepts of love, forgiveness, and restoration in creative language that would both draw the unbeliever and encourage the struggling believer. Be sure to check out songs such “Running” and “Sinners” which reflect these concepts.

Let us NOT forget that amid all of the artistry lies a flat-footed singer. “Lay It Down” really showcases Haddon’s vocal power and versatility.

The project has a bit of an international flair as Haddon teams with UK standout Guvna B for the rock-infused track “Jesus Anthem”. Unapologetic in its delivery, this track is as Jesus-focused as it comes.  “Walls Are Coming Down” continues the international influence as the single begins and ends with Psalm 23 being recited in Spanish. Backed by a Spanish guitar, the transitions and musical arrangements on this track are not to be missed.

Don’t miss the infectious “Be Like Jesus” where Haddon teams with his wife Dominique. You’ll hear references in this track to his hit reality series Preachers of LA and reminds all that the ultimate goal is to indeed “Be Like Jesus”. The project ends with the funky, mid-tempo groove “Got A Feeling”. This one has “summer hit” written all over it.

Masterpiece ranks pretty high in the deep catalog of this Grammy award nominee and Stellar award winner. This project is a shining example of how to best utilize your personal challenges to make an encouraging body of work that glorifies the transformation and not the pain of the past. Be sure to add Masterpiece to your collection. You’ll be happy that you did!

Deitrick Haddon: Masterpiece
Released: Nov. 6, 2015
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