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Commissioned during the album Number 7
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From Left to Right: EH, MF, MJ, FH, MS, KR, MW

Background Track: "King of Glory" by Commissioned; from their album Number 7; written by Fred Hammond; lead vocalists: Fred Hammond (heard on this sample) and Marvin Sapp
 
As Keith Staten and Michael Brooks left Commissioned to pursue solo careers, Commissioned also entered a new era. Commissioned also now needed a new lead singer and a person who could play on the keyboards. They found it in singer Marvin Sapp a newcomer, and Maxx Frank, an organist/piano player as well as Eddie Howard, Jr. a keyboardist who had previously done projects with the Clark Sisters, and Church of God in Christ, and later with Evelyn Turrentine-Agee, Mattie Moss-Clark, Anita Baker, and others.

Commissioned members shown in the picture below from Top-Left to Bottom-Right; Top-Row: Michael Williams, Maxx Frank, Mitchell Jones, Fred Hammond. Bottom-Row: Karl Reid, Marvin Sapp, Eddie Howard

Number 7 Video
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Number 7

This album marked a new Commissioned era. Marvin Sapp replaced Keith Staten, who had gone solo, while Maxx Frank and Eddie Howard, Jr. replaced Michael Brooks.

The album title, Number 7, can stand for two things. It was Commissioned's 7th album, and in this era of Commissioned there were 7 members.

This album was released in 1991 from Benson Music. It featured many guests, like the Transformation Crusade, which was did the rap lyrics in the album. It also featured brothers Anson and Eric Dawkins (Dawkins & Dawkins) playing in this album, and also helping with composing the songs. These guests helped to make this album the most urban of them all, as it can be seen in their first track on this album, "Second Chance", written by the Dawkins brothers and Eddie Howard Jr., is very urban in sound.

The debut of this new Commissioned was dynamite! Marvin Sapp's addition to the Commissioned sound made the Commissioned sound great, making up for the loss of Keith Staten. This can be seen in the hit song "King of Glory", in which Fred Hammond and Marvin Sapp sing together, (along with Transformation Crusade on rap). The second track on this album, "Love U With The Rest Of My Life" has a nice urban beat. I like how Commissioned sounds on this song (At the end it repeats some lyrics from their earlier hit song "Victory" from their album Go Tell Somebody). This song has a nice transition to their next track "We Are Overcomers". This song also has a nice beat, and is a more softer in sound than the more its more urban predecessor "Love U With The Rest of My Life" Another hit on this album is "I Can't Live Without You", I like Fred Hammond's ending of this song - the last part is pretty goofy (the laughter scene). 

"Secret Place" is a favorite of mine, written by Anson Dawkins, Fred Hammond, and Eddie Howard, Jr. They really hooked-up the music on this song! It is sung by Karl Reid and Fred Hammond, and let me tell you, it is uplifting! I like the way Eddie Howard played on this song and how the Michael Williams' drumming and Fred Hammond's bass guitar off-set and harmonize with each other - A job well done! "Please You More" is another hit, written by Maxx Frank and Fred Hammond. I like the voices of Fred Hammond and Karl Reid singing the vocal version of song, which is complimented by the background alto saxophone, but the instrumental version is also nice as you hear hear the playing of a bassier tenor saxophone - it's nice!!! "Hold Me" is a favorite, written by Mitchell Jones and Parkes Stewart. I like how it is uplifting, and emotional. Mitchell and Fred's performance is exceptional.

I like how Fred Hammond plays the bass guitar and Maxx Frank plays the organ on "I Really Love The Lord" - this track is nice! "I Love Thinking of You" is one song that you should hear also, I like how Marvin Sapp sings the first part, and I love the harmony - it's very nice!

Overall, all of the tracks on this CD sound great - you've gotta hear it to believe it!

This album hit #7 on Billboard's top Gospel charts, and #22 in top CCM albums.

Selected Sample Tracks from bmgmusic.com

(Real Player)

Second Chance, Love U With The Rest of My Life, We Are Overcomers, I Really Love The Lord (Interlude), Hold Me

(Windows Media Player)

Second Chance, We Are Overcomers, Hold Me, King of Glory, Please You More, I Can't Live Without You, Secret Place, I Really Love The Lord, I Love Thinking of You

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