From the CD In the Midst of a Storm
On his new single, “In the Midst of a Storm,” Joe Russell sings about how Jesus rescues souls from troubled times.
He’s supported by a delicious mid-tempo southern soul rhythm section, a Seventies Top 40 melody, and vocal assists from the groovy Instruments of Praise, who sound for all the world like the Hues Corporation.
Russell’s tunefully gruff, preacher-style vocal ladles a healthy helping of gospel credibility onto the message like thick gravy on potatoes.
The Seventies vibe of the single is no coincidence. The Miami-raised Russell used to sing with a soul/R&B vocal group in
South Florida called the Debonairs.