BALTIMORE, Md. – Habakkuk Music recording artist Lisa Page Brooks was in the studio for more than a year working on her newly released CD, Ready. It’s the dynamic singer’s first project since her 2009 Strong that featured her Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart No.1 I Want To Say Thank You.
The Detroit-based singer is getting around. She’s featured in the June issue of Ebony magazine and is a spotlight guest for June on the nationally-syndicated radio show, Serving Up Soul with Dorinda Clark Cole.
Brooks was a founding member of the Grammy Award nominated 1980s quartet Witness that delivered contemporary gospel hits such as Clap Your Hands and Standard. She launched a solo career in the late ’90s and has enjoyed radio hits such as God is Good, Waiting and I Want To Say Thank You.
Her new 13-song set is produced by Brooks’ longtime producer/husband, Michael Brooks, a founding member of the legendary ’80s contemporary gospel band Commissioned, and takes its title after Brooks’ jazzy remake of one of the group’s 1989 fan favorites. The question, “Will you be ready when Jesus comes is so befitting, and thought provoking,” she says.
The album features several thought-provoking moments, as Brooks sings about destiny on the finger-snapping radio single God Thing, and seeks a spiritual revolution on the acoustic Heal the Land. There’s a Caribbean vibe on Empower Me and a funky soulfulness on The Wonder. She also offers her trademark theatrics on Love Somebody Else and Great Is Thy Faithfulness.
The velvety alto also creates a neo-soul aura on Going Home and brings passion to mid-tempo favorites More, I Love You and Triumph (which features a vocal assist from Brook’s daughter, Tasha, who also did some of the backing vocal arrangements for the set).
Brooks’ son Justin also contributed to the CD by co-producing the ballad Better Than Life – Brooks’ first ever composition. “My son has his own style but he knows my style and made sure I was comfortable,” Brooks said.
*Picture Lisa Page Brooks.