Ken Whiteley Gospel Music Makes Me Feel Alright (Borealis Records) Rating: NNNN
Deeply spiritual yet shorn of preachiness, Whiteley's latest triumphs with impeccable arrangements and spot-on delivery. Recorded live in Toronto at Hugh's Room, the album features George Koller on bass, Colin Linden on guitar and a host of others sharing the vocal spotlight. While songs like Let My Life Be Prayer and Moses' Last Miracle are enough to let you know where Whiteley stands, the music and the passion in his voice easily transcend any religious dogma, allowing you to approach enlightenment through the belief that the music is the message.
Ken Whiteley launches his disc Sunday afternoon (Feburary 8) at Hugh's Room.