“Sound of Victory” is a powerful exclamation of unity across cultures and generations! Definitely a song every worship leader should add to their praise and worship set.
The Porter Brothers are the multi-talented sibling team of Dr. Tecoy Porter Sr. and Dr. Ellington Porter. They have served as Senior Pastors of the Genesis Church since August 1999 and leaders of the Genesis Youth Explosion Conference and Choir since its inception in 1992.
The Genesis Youth Explosion Choir is the citywide youth choir of the Genesis Youth Explosion Conference (GYEC) founded by Dr. Robert Porter, founder of the Genesis Missionary Baptist Church in Sacramento CA. The choir is made up of an average of 100 youth and young adults between the ages of 5 to 25 years old from the Sacramento, CA region. The GYEC is a summer weeklong conference that provides instruction in the development and practice of Gospel Music, Church Media, and Fine Arts. In August of 2017, GYEC celebrated 25 years with a Live Recording featuring songs written and developed by The Porter Brothers, instructors and past participants from the conference. This is the second live recording from the GYEC with their first released in 2001.
The MLK Celebration Choir is a citywide multicultural choir made up of over 100 voices representing churches of various denominations, cultures, and color throughout the Sacramento region. The choir is under the direction of gospel recording artists and Pastors, Dr. Tecoy Porter Sr. and Dr. Ellington Porter Sr. aka The Porter Brothers. Regularly featured at the annual MLK Worship Celebration, the MLK Celebration Choir has become a very popular group in the city performing at such events as the MLK March for the Dream Sacramento, NBA Sacramento Kings’ Faith & Family Nights, Sacramento River Cats' Faith & Family Nights, former Mayor Kevin Johnson’s State of the City Address, Sacramento's Hometown Heroes Parade, and at the inaugurations of Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Police Chief Daniel Hahn.
Lead: Sydney Stewart & Tecoy Porter Sr. Drums: Elder Stefon "Spider" Dubose Drum Loop: Demarea Dunwood Piano: Ellington Porter Sr. Keyboard Aux: Jayvyn "Charlie Brown" Williams Organ: Demarea Dunwood Bass: Jerry Jordan Rhythm Guitar: Ashwut Rodriguez Lead Guitar: Bishop D.L. Edwards Live Recording, Studio Overdubs, Mix & Master: Alex Anisov, Crest Recording Studio Producer: Ellington Porter Sr. Co-producer: Tecoy Porter Sr. Music & Lyrics: Tecoy Porter Sr. Markee ~Wes Productions copyright 2018
“God Is With Us,” a rousing, inspirational tune that is full of energy and life that reminds us daily that "God is With Us". It is a song that uplifts and encourages the soul. Perfect for the Christmas holidays and everyday!
The Porter Brothers are the multi-talented sibling team of Dr. Tecoy Porter Sr. and Dr. Ellington Porter. They have served as Senior Pastors of the Genesis Church since August 1999.
Known for their dynamic music ministry, The Porter Brothers have amassed many accolades and awards with the Genesis Church Choir. The most recent being selected as Regional Finalist of Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound Choir Competition (2011, 2012). The Porters and Genesis have also performed with many national gospel artists including Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Donald Lawrence, CeCe Winans, Edwin Hawkins, Bishop Walter Hawkins, Beverly Crawford, Steve Lawrence, DJ Rogers Sr, and even country music’s Grammy award winning group - The Judds.
To date, The Porter Brothers have released three recordings (1995, 1998, 2010) and an EP (2015) with the Genesis Choir and one recording with the Genesis Youth Explosion Choir (2001). Their current EP features their latest single, ”All The Way The Tribute” a remake of a traditional favorite from the choir’s first album featuring their father, Dr. Robert Porter.
All The Way: The Tribute is a stirring gospel selection that will have you patting your feet and swaying in your seat! Great music with a great message!
The Porter Brothers & Genesis Live All The Way: The Tribute features Dr. Robert Porter, founder of the Genesis Church and Choir along with his sons Pastors Dr. Tecoy Porter and Dr. Ellington Porter aka The Porter Brothers. For the first time ever the Brothers are able to sing with their father in this timeless classic that they penned for him on their 1995 debut CD "Dr. Robert Porter presents Genesis - Be Ready, He's Coming Back." Enjoy the recreation of a Genesis Gospel Classic in this single All The Way Live:The Tribute.
The Porter Brothers and Genesis have created a gospel album that gives new meaning to “making a joyful noise unto the lord.” The energy that The Genesis Choir brings to this album is enough to bring the most staid listener to their feet.
The Porter Brothers and Genesis have created a gospel album that gives new meaning to “making a joyful noise unto the lord.” The energy that The Genesis Choir brings to this album is enough to bring the most staid listener to their feet. Together is an album that’s more than just a gospel album, as The Porter Brothers and Genesis combine traditional gospel sounds with more modern R & B sounds to create an album that will have universal appeal. The R&B flavor permeates the best tracks on the album as it showcases the strength of the choir and the soloists that step up to sing with Tecoy and Ellington Porter. This is a choir that deserves all the accolades that they receive, and over the years they have received many.
The album opens with “God Is With Us,” a rousing tune that is full of energy and life. It is a perfect start to an album that seeks to get everyone praising the Lord. “Still Here To Praise Him” reminds everyone that when times are tough there is still reason to praise God. The Genesis Choir is front and center on this song, demonstrating how perfect a choir can sound, when filled with passion for the music. “Oh Give Thanks” has a very modern arrangement, keeping it smooth and mellow. The choir handles the backing track admirably, highlighting the vocals of a soloist that just may put Toni Braxton to shame.
“Emmanuel” is a more traditional gospel song. The Porter Brothers shine on this track against the choral background, giving the song a stand up and give praise element. The song seems to compel anyone listening to get to their feet and let the music move them. Another gem is “Jesus Is The Answer,” a vibrant piece that touches the soul with its simple message.
The title track has a great R&B arrangement that, at its best moments, evokes Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone.” “Worship” can best be described as a love song to Jesus while “New Born Soul” recounts how someone has found their way to Christianity. Each song on Together touches a different aspect of faith and the album as a whole presents a well-rounded expression of a life with Christ.
“He Is Your Friend” is a surprising closing number, not because of the message, but rather because of the vocals of the Porter Brothers. As they sing their praise, it is hard not to think of the deep rich vocal stylings of Barry White. The song offers hope that even in times of trouble and distress, God will be there.
If this album accomplishes anything besides giving its listeners the enjoyment of hearing some fantastic music, it really helps to remind everyone that music is prayer, and The Porter Brothers and Genesis offer up thirteen energetic prayers. Together is also a reminder that spiritual music doesn’t have to be conservative and restrained. When The Porter Brothers and Genesis offer up their songs, it is hard not to feel closer to God. They give hope and inspiration through their spiritual message, and thus this is an album that can’t be easily forgotten. There is too much energy exploding from the songs for that to happen. Once you listen, it will stay with you, sharing a message far deeper than just music.
Review by Andrea Guy Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)