Sanctified Sistah: Shadowlands (Indie Dream Recordings)

When listening to the funk-noize combo, you can tell the band’s heart is in its music and its message.

Sanctified Sistah is all about movement. The music makes you groove, and the words make you think. Many of their best songs speak of redemption and the peace of acceptance and love. When listening to the funk-noize combo, you can tell the band’s heart is in its music and its message.

On their third release, Shadowlands, the band sings of yearnings, infidelities, and being lost. With those themes, they offer a response of an open heart and true love (whether physical, spiritual, or both). One of the best tracks is “Pretty Things” with its driving guitar and drum urging on vocalist Caprice Cummings’ tale of wrong turns.

Sanctified Sistah’s truest talent is their ability to write music and lyrics that work on multiple levels. When they speak of craving, it is obvious to see it in human terms. But the craving they speak of is sometimes one of a deeper need and more intense. Their music reveals strong convictions—a love for their art, for each other, and for Jesus Christ.

Beside Caprice Cummings, the band features Jim Calvert on drums, Justin De Tie on guitars, and Chuck Cummings on bass. Shadowlands is a tight effort from a band that has been away for too long. Now on Indie Dream Recordings, the band seeks to expand their groove, and on Shadowlands, they succeed at being all over the sonic board, but creating a solid, infused, and passionate effort.

Chuck Cummings has explained that a good part of SS’s goals has to do with contributing their talents to a variety of causes to help society. Many of the artists on the label participate in similar ventures, making the output even more of a joyous noise.

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