I like hearing a performer who sings and narrates the way that Johnny Bodley does, with a rich baritone voice. This CD is Urban Gospel with rock solid music to match. The styles range from classic soul (“I Owe You”) to hip hop (“Praise Him”), so there’s something for everyone.
The first cut is “Mr. Guitar Man”. Over a mid tempo ballad, Johnny conveys the story of a man who is out there on the street playing his guitar, and the troubled people who approach him in need of help. In need of prayer. Johnny talks, and then sings as the man witnessing the need for prayer. He’s joined by a full complement of female background singers and musicians who perform their duties well.
I was very impressed with “End Times”. It’s filled with huge harmonized vocals, and the lyrics acknowledge the difficulties of where the world is headed today. Johnny sounds like a one man version of the Temptations. This song has a definite dance vibe, thanks to superb musical production. I know this song would get a great response on the radio.
“The Guitar Man’ features 12 selections. This was my first time hearing Johnny Bodley’s music, but I can proudly admit that I’m a new fan. His music is a blessing and true to the purpose of spreading the good news of the Gospel. Great CD!