Born into a strict Pentecostal family, Rev Tina Redden’s singing debut was made when she was only 10 years old and by 15 she had been ordained as a Reverend and an Elder. Since then she has continued to praise the Lord using her powerful singing voice as her tool and has earned comparisons with many illustrious peers including Tina Turner and LaVerne Baker (after whom she was named), Mavis Staple and Gladys Knight. She is also an accomplished musician and plays 14 instruments, a skill she showcases by performing the music on 16 of her 19 releases, and is now recognized in the music industry as an established singer/songwriter/musician. In addition to numerous live performances including a period as a missionary and time spent performing for the US troops abroad, Rev Tina has hosted the long running Television Show "The Gospel Showcase" which aired at least twice weekly in 11 US states on 29 channels. She also hosts "The Rev Tina Redden Show", a Sunday morning/night international music variety show on the WDYN Radio Station (Rochester, New York). Redden's music sells in over 197 Countries and in over 2500 stores across the US. Redden was named the “Best Gospel Vocalist” in the UK in 2006 by Cross Rhythms Televisions and Radio. Rev Redden’s Song “The Day Christ Died” Was named the “Best Gospel Soul Ever” also in the UK. Pastor Redden was backed by China and Japan for an AMA in 2009 and in 2011 was blessed to have in audience attendance and share the stage with such names as the Chi-Lites, Evangelist Beverly Green, Mother of Snoop Dogg, Members of the Ricky Dillard’s New Generation Choral, and Simon Sahure LVH magazine. Manager of the Late Michael Jackson and founder of the Jackson magazine. All of whom stated they wanted to hear Rev Tina “Tear it up in person” after hearing and seeing her on Television, Radio and Cds.
Rev Tina Redden on the set of the Gospel Showcase Show, airing in 11 States on 29 Channels and in Kenya Africa. Singing No Matter What You Do God Loves You from the "Praise The Lord, Hosanna" Cd. **All Songs written and instrumentals by Rev Tina Redden on Cd'sDuration: 06:43
Rev Tina Redden Praise The Lord Hosanna Rev Tina Redden’s Praise The Lord Hosanna is no doubt a gospel album through and through. Her faith is as apparent as the power that comes out of her vocal chords. Every song a testament to the Man upstairs, Rev Tina Redden makes his presence in her life known. It would be an understatement to say her voice packed a punch, because that, we’ll call it “oomph” to her delivery could knock out the champion heavyweight. Songs like “The Tongue” and “Have You Heard (You Haven’t Heard)” are top contenders for the title. Music fans who like their music with a lot of spirit and soul whose shelves are filled with the likes of Bettye LaVette and Labelle will receive gratification is Rev Tina Redden’s Praise The Lord Hosanna. Track 1: “God Went to Joppa” is a throwback to the purest forms of R&B. this upbeat tune about the Lord will have people moving and praising the man upstairs. Track 4: “The Tongue” is like many of its fellow tracks in that it has that classic soul sound, and packs a little something extra in the delivery department. It’s one of those songs that one tries to sing along to and falls short because imitating a talent like this is a hard task. Track 7: “There’s Nothing My God Can’t Do” has a nostalgic 60’s feel with a beat that makes one swing their hips back and forth and lyrics that take you to a positive place of mind. Reviewed by Kendra Beltran of Bryan Farrish PromotionKendra Beltran of Bryan Farrish Promotion
Reviewed by Phil Thomson Anarchic dissonance seeps out of every groove of these seven long songs; in other words, gospel with attitude, delivered so quirkily you just have to stick with it to find out where it's going to take you next. The arrangements are paired down to a dangerous minimum, the production has an almost amateurish innocence and the total effect of the package is absolutely electric. This Rev from Michigan City mesmerises with every breath; such an amazing voice, such sensitivity to her material - and no wonder when we discover her track record as a 12 year old performer, teenage missionary and pastor (ordained at 15) - one who just has to make her presence felt wherever she goes. You see, when a key band member fell ill, Tina Redden went into the studio anyway and played everything (14 different instruments), hardly breaking stride. She wrote the songs, so she knows her stuff. The result is such a wonderful take on how to communicate on a highly individual basis, and it works a treat. The effect is reminiscent of 1930's old time gospel without the crackle and hiss. Tina L Redden (the 'L' stands for Laverne - so you know where she's coming from) has to be the finest gospel vocalist in many a long year. Am I sounding positive enough? One final comment: the last track '"The Day Christ Died", is probably the very best Christian soul track you will ever hear, and I really mean that. For collector, for connoisseur, for goodness sake, search this out.Cross Rhythms Television and Radio UK
Reviewed by Phil Thomson
If you are searching for a way back to God from any part of your day, just lie back, close your eyes and let the Rev Redden preach you into peace. This is music touched by God and truly sent out. There can hardly be a finer female gospel voice currently doing the rounds. Redolent with the rich history of the purest gospel tradition, Tina Redden pours her heart out in every note she sings. The lady yet again plays everything (described as a 14-piece one woman band) - remarkably consistent through every track. It is this uncompromising position which lends itself to the delightfully quirky compositions and arrangements. Hesitant keyboard, tinny horn and wandering bass lines form the backbone but never intrude, supported by beautifully understated male b/v's and constant changes of pace. Yet always, it is those smokey, open vowels which crunch their way through your senses, wrapped around the punchy imperatives of what she wants us to take on board. Undiluted word of God truth. There's no escape and you just don't want to. All I can say is, let the pastor perform! Mesmerising.
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
I have to confess I'm a sucker for old style gospel and soul from the '50s and '60s. There's something about the primitive recording techniques, the no frills instrumentation and the passionate vocals overriding everything that gets me every time. The work of Rev Tina brings back all of those feelings and her latest release does it again! And in the spirit of a true independent Redden writes all the songs and then plays all the instruments herself before adding that powerful voice over the top. She's a one woman gospel frenzy and as far away from the slick, manicured, watered down, over produced sanitised slosh that passes for a great deal of gospel music these days. Rev Tina Redden comes from the gospel moaning tradition where her soulfulness simply leaks out all over this CD! This is best illustrated on songs like the marvellous "God's Question" and the brilliant "Uh Oh" where she stretches from low moans to moments where she tips her head back and let's loose! Whilst the lo-fi qualities of the album are offset by her superb vocal performances, there are moments when I wonder what she would sound like with a bigger budget and a pile of anointed musicians as the drum machine on a song like "Ooh Wee" tires after a while. But these quibbles don't steal too much away from the overall enjoyment of the album.
Reviewed by Paul Poulton
This is Tina's first album after suffering a small stroke. If CDs were reviewed on feel alone this one would be top marks, but it's the reviewer's job to take a balanced all-round view, isn't it? I'm immediately entranced by the grooves Tina cooks up, her rasping voice exudes grit, determination and sincerity, it's a compelling cocktail that would intoxicate any discerning devotee of gospel, blues and any form of music that likes to loop riffs. Think a piano-based Kings Of Leon with Gladys Knight on vocals and you'll at least be in the right ball park. So far so good. Now I hope Tina's many fans don't say nasty things about me but what separates this recording from being a killer album and an also ran is the tech department. The mix is pitiful. The vocals sit too high, rather than being a pearl resting neatly in their shell they bludgeon out of their space in the aural spectrum sometimes swamping what are excellent instrumental parts in other parts of the register. There are some basic errors, the bottom end isn't balanced neither is the top. I know lo-fi can be fashionable but taken as a unit the fidelity is left wanting low or high, being weighted too heavily in the middle ground like a man with a beer-belly. There are two CDs in this release, 12 songs on one and a live recording on the other. The live recording sounds like a single mic in the room where the gig took place, a good concert but so much ambience swimming around that it takes some concentration to follow. The Church has been blessed by Tina's talent and it would behove the Christian music community to get Tina into the right studio with some good technicians around her including a quality mixing engineer because the result may be a recording that rocks the world.
Reviewed by Trevor Kirk
After a cursory glance at the sleeve of this one, and having read the covering letter (Tina's spell checker looked like it was on strike, but I quibble), I went to her Artist Profile on the CR website to check out the two previous reviews, by those two worthies Mike Rimmer and Phil Thomson. Now I have to admit that my outlook when it comes to album reviews is coloured by my usual workaday mindset as a radio station music manager, but this album forced me to set this attitude aside and listen with a new pair of ears. No doubt about it, this lady has soul in abundance; there's more than a hint of old time gospel in the mix as well, not surprising when she mentions Mahalia Jackson, Mavis Staples and Dorothy Love Coates as some of her fave singers. Add a kingsize dollop of sheer unadulterated passion, and this is some listening experience. Given all this, it's not difficult to ignore lo-fi production and one-dimensional instrumentation, and it's also not difficult to hear exactly what Mike and Phil raved about in their reviews. It'll never make the UCB playlist. But another collection of good, old time gospel.
Excerpt from Editor: Posted by Tony Cummings, Music Editor in United Kingdom @ 12:00 on Jun 11 2007
Our apologies for printing the original version of this review which contained a misleading statement and the wrong choice of word. As you can see, these errors have now been corrected. There was obviously no intention to cause any offence. Tony Cummings Cross Rhythms Music Editor