It took about two years for Brenda Nicole Moorer‘s new album Marrow to move from concept to reality. But upon first listen, you’ll discover that it’s a fantastic project, very much worth the wait, and it offers a type of musical catharsis that we can all benefit from. At a time when many of us are focused on self-exploration, mindfulness and finding inner peace (even if it means plunging into the unknown), the artist provides inspiration and affirmation through the lyrics and movements of the 10-track collection.
First, it must be said that Ms. Moorer’s voice is quite exquisite. She explores melodic heights and passionate depths on the gorgeous tune “Find Your Way,” as well as her lovely interpretation of the Minnie Riperton/Stevie Wonder classic “Take A Little Trip.” Meanwhile, ethereal harmonies are showcased on interludes “Lost & Found” and “The Core.” The contrast of mirthful whimsy on “Catch Me Falling” and contemplative blues on “Return To Sender” continue to captivate after multiple listens. Even when she drops nuggets of wisdom throughout “Marrow,” “Your Light” and “Flying Lessons,” her vocal work is breathtaking.
As talented as she is, the singer-songwriter isn’t a one-woman show. British producer/musician Troy Miller – known for his work with stellar talents like Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula and Jacob Collier – played a key role in the album’s completion. The intricate compositions come alive thanks to Moorer’s core group of musicians: Kenny Banks Jr. (piano/organ/Rhodes), Trevor Wolford (guitar), Che Marshall (drums) and Billy Thorton (bass). It’s worth noting that Banks and Wolford also co-wrote some of the songs, including “Little Prayer” where the guitarist shines. Additionally, Brenda was keen on highlighting the work of her fellow Atlanta musicians, employing 20 artists throughout the recording including Rhett Huffman who helped with background vocals and arrangements.
Preview Marrow below, then scroll down to view the stunning Amber Burnett-directed visuals for “Find Your Way.” Be sure to download a copy of the album for your permanent playlist, and keep up with Brenda Nicole Moorer via her website, Twitter and Instagram.