Raising the standards for Christian and gospel music, Indianapolis’ Antwan Jenkins captivates his listening audience in the two new songs, “Victory” and “More Of You”. Be it his stunning voice or the fullness of the music, Jenkins’ leads powerful, important messages. No matter your station or your creed, Jenkins’ welcoming songs are the ingredients missing in 2020. Both songs are written by Jenkins.
“Victory” is the right song to get the heart pumping, to make the listener feel alive. The message is simple – the devil is trying to tempt you, trying to put doubt and negativity in your spirit. The underlying love conveyed by the generous funk, bass rhythm and interesting percussion mix, gives “Victory” that edge. If this were a secular song, there’s not a doubt in my mind that the groove and the tone would be right up there with what Earth, Wind & Fire fans would dig. I’m not certain if it’s an electric keyboard with a horn sampling, but there is definitely some brass action hitting on all cylinders. Jenkins’ upbeat voice and sanguine lead is just what the doctor ordered. It’s obvious his background in teaching and vocal coaching makes him an immediate force. He’s just not the guy you look away, or take your ears from listening. He’s magnetic. The chorus, whose got the victory, I do, whose got the victory, I do is even more powerful, with a bevy of lovely voices lifting Jenkins’ vocals higher and higher.
“More Of You” is more of the fantastic Jenkins. This track moves a lot slower, but the energy never loses its steam. The power of the song as the lyrics prove, is the need for more of God in peoples’ lives. Hovering a piano music bed, with shimmering, cascading keys, Jenkins’ flow is entirely exuberant. His faith, his talents are on full display and the listener feels that with every note. “More Of You” has many moving lyrics, but my favorite lines are whom the son sets free is free indeed, I will walk in victory, whom the son sets free is free indeed, I will declare my authority. Are these songs hand-in-hand? Are they tethered to each other? I don’t think so. But, I do think you can draw from both a very similar message – God is a beacon and He gives us freedom of thought. I appreciated the avenue Jenkins provides in theses songs. Jenkins gives the leeway for the listener to come up with their own interpretation. However these words and music inspire you, I urge you to look at the songs in different contexts. Sometimes as critics we’re too quick to put labels (especially the genre of music). In both of these songs, they are so much more than what meets the eye.
Jenkins is also leader of Unified Worship of Indianapolis. He has served as worship leader at New Life Community Church of Truth (also in Indianapolis). “Victor” and “More Of You” are his debut releases. He has partnered with IndieBlue Music, a division of Entertainment One Nashville.