Music Review By: Taylor Valery
A&R, Music Review Liaison
What You Should Know
It’s inevitable that the God impulse can move you into making big shifts when you reach certain valleys in life. Jairus Williams, a United States Marine Corps veteran and emerging artist from Austin, Texas, survived a near-death experience which helped to redirect his energy into that of divinity.
Today, Williams makes music with the admirable intention of having listeners reflect, and make the heart cry-out for a higher sense of peace and protection. And I’ll tell you, after listening to the six-pack extended play, he soars in grace and gratitude.
Sure, there are some areas of improvement in this EP, just as well as there are plenty of stunning parts; but with his faith, trust and humility, Jairus will most definitely achieve great measures.
Individual, genuine and heartfelt. Jairus sings about his daily journey of ascension into the lit realm of Christ consciousness, divine focus and purpose. The uniqueness of his artistry, effortlessly blending elements of hip-hop and R&B with contemporary gospel, certainly places him in the mainstream pot.
The music sounds like pop culture, infusing gospel with hip-hop and R&B, but the lyrics and the devotion – that’s more so Jesus culture. And, that’s beautiful. As it pertains to art and creating from the heart, Jairus Williams does a fine job in delivering his first project.
Most of the beats on this extended play are on the slower side, and that is okay. But I would have loved to hear more variety and depth in the songwriting, and possibly two more uptempo songs that reflect a colorful and relatable side.
A vessel with the self-sustaining power of God, Jairus now knows to focus on what is important in life. He makes that perfectly clear in the song ‘Love God,’ where he encourages others to put their faith in Christ.
Jairus is spiritually strong, using transmutative energy to create inspirational music instead of allowing himself to be controlled by Caesar’s world. The actions that he’s taking as positive behavioral changes are being smiled upon by the universe.
According to Jairus, God “redirected my focus and convicted my soul.” This statement makes me nod in concurrence because I felt the same way when I had my encounter with God. I still feel this each day that I wake, because each day is a chance to make a change.
All the tracks matter here, just like all lives matter here. However, particularly on this “Gospel Confessions – EP” my favorite songs are ‘Avenue,’ ‘Jesus,’ and ‘Need You.’ These three songs are the most catchy, memorable and powerful.
I like ‘Avenue’ because it describes the daily hunger of wanting to be right by Christ. When you have made the conscious decision to be faithful, then you’ll want to be in that good energy at all times.
Heaven is harmonious, and ‘Jesus’ is a gospel groove. Press play on this one, and you get to understand why there’s an urgency to accept, empower and love ourselves. This song is a real anthem of admiration and appreciation of Christ.
Crooning for Christ in the shoulder-jumping ‘Need You,’ Jairus shares the passion he has to be upright and enlightened in the name of Jesus.
Deitrick Haddon, Jonathan McReynolds, J. Moss
I’m ultimately inspired by Jairus Williams’ strength and courage to go after his higher calling, because many people do not have the willpower to follow God. Having faith and trust can be weird, different and challenging, but so long as we stick to the decision of moving and loving in the spirit of God, we will be forever blessed.