Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tasha Cobbs - Grace

Tasha Cobbs
EMI Gospel (2013)

By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog.

On the final track of Tasha Cobbs’ Grace, the young artist sings about her confidence in God. 

From the sound of her stage presence, she has confidence, period.  The performance nearly sent the live recording audience at Northview Christian Church in Montgomery, Alabama into a praise break.

Tasha Cobbs is worship leader for the Young Adult Division of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship and worship pastor at the dReam Center Church of Atlanta.  Grace, her recording debut, was produced by VaShawn Mitchell, another talented EMI Gospel artist, who also co-wrote two of the album’s selections with Cobbs.

In his 1992 dissertation, Brooksie Harrington likened Shirley Caesar’s approach to a gospel song to classical drama (and, I would argue, a preacher’s pulpit technique): the introduction, rising action, climax, and falling action.  Harrington could easily have been describing Cobbs, who applies this principle to nearly every one of Grace’s selections. It is particularly notable on the hit single, the empowering “Break Every Chain,” where Cobbs rises to a squall before cooling down.  

The title track is a simple but lovely ballad about the saving power of grace and has the potential to be covered by other artists.

Although Grace is identified as an EP, it clocks in at nearly fifty minutes—more than some full-length albums.  That's because Tasha Cobbs wrings every ounce of emotion from the eight selections, and I suspect that is also why, at the date of this writing, the album is number three on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart.

Four of Five Stars

Picks: “Grace,”  “Break Every Chain.”


Essay Writers said...

God bless you so much sister in Christ. Good work!

beela said...

great post man..!!

beela said...

Great Post Man..!!

Steve Finnell said...


Is everything you have been taught about Christianity fact or has there been a lot of fiction presented as Biblical truth?

Here are some doctrinal positions, are they fact or fiction?

1. The New Covenant was in force during the three year ministry of Jesus. Fact or Fiction? That would be fiction.

Hebrews 9:16-17 where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it. 17 For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives.

The New Covenant was not in force while Jesus was alive.

2. The apostle Peter used the keys to the kingdom heaven (the keys to enter the church of Christ) before the Day of Pentecost. Fact or Fiction? That would be fiction.

Matthew 16:19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven....

Luke 24:47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all nations beginning from Jerusalem.

The apostle Peter first used the keys to enter the Lord's church, at Jerusalem, on the Day of Pentecost. Three thousand entered the kingdom of God on earth. The kingdom of God on earth is the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The three thousand who were saved and added to the church of Christ on the Day of Pentecost believed that God raised Jesus from the dead and that Jesus was was both Lord and Christ. They repented and were immersed in water so they could have their sins forgiven and then they received the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:22-41) They were saved under the New Covenant terms of pardon.

3. The thief on the cross was saved from the punishment of his sins. Fact or Fiction? That would be a fact.

4. Men today can be saved just like the thief on the cross. Fact or Fiction? That would be fiction. The thief was not saved under the New Testament terms of pardon.

The thief did believe in his heart that Jesus had been resurrected from the grave. (Romans 10:9 that is you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.)

The thief was not immersed in water for the forgiveness of his sins. (Acts 2:38 baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins...)

5. Moses, Elijah, Job, Enoch, Abraham and Noah were all men of faith and saved . Fact or Fiction? That would be a fact.

6. Men living today can be saved just like Moses, Elijah, Job, Abraham, and Noah. Fact or Fiction? That would be fiction. These men lived and died before the New covenant was in effect.
Men, today, can only be saved by believing in Jesus. (Acts 4:10-12, John 14:6)

7. Jesus did not say baptism was essential in order to be saved. Fact or Fiction? That would fiction.

Jesus said "and has been baptized shall be saved" (Mark 16:16)

8. Peter and the apostles never taught water baptism was for the forgiveness of sins. Fact or Fiction. That would be fiction. (Acts 2:37-38)

9. Men are added to the body of Christ before they are baptized in water. Fact or Fiction? That would be fiction. (Acts 2:41)

10. Saul was saved on the road to Damascus before his sins were forgiven. Fact or Fiction? That would be fiction. Men cannot be saved without having their sins forgiven. Saul had had his sins forgiven three days later, when he was in Damascus, not on the road to Damascus. (Acts 22:16)(Acts 9:9)