Zak Williams & 1/Akord is a 40-member, multi-denominational gospel choir whose members hail from several states on the east coast. The group has existed in its current iteration since 2005. Its sophomore CD, recorded in 2008, is scheduled for release sometime this year.
The first single from the album is “Things Are Gonna Get Better,” an uncomplicated song with a message common to many gospel songs these days. “Things are gonna get better if you hold on,” sings Williams and 1/Akord in full-throated passion, James Hall-style, repeating the title like a mantra by the conclusion.
To TBGB’s ears, however, “Presence,” another selection from the group’s forthcoming CD, is far more interesting, due largely to some powerfully dramatic gospel singing by a female lead.