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Wake the World by Beloved

Reviewed by Adrian B. Martinez

"...not only do they encourage and edify the body of Christ but through their singing, songwriting, and testimony their passionate message is clearly on display."

The word Beloved can mean many things. The dictionary lists it as an adjective meaning “dearly loved”. I could also reference the 1998 feature film starring Oprah Winfrey, or the book by Toni Morrison of which the feature film Beloved was based. In this case, I am referring to the all girl group featuring, The Blonde, The Brunette and The Red Head . . . or simply Beloved.

Featuring Kim Gravel (Lead Vocals), Denise Clark (Alto) and Amy Goins (Soprano), they burst onto the music scene in 2003 in Atlanta. In a short time they have made their presence known. Not only do these ladies sing, they run their own record label called TraTo Records; are the originators of a style of music called Women’s Ministry Music, are wives, mothers and will be releasing their third recording entitled Wake The World on August 19th.

Following in the same footsteps of other notable all female groups, such as Point of Grace, Sierra, and Out of Eden to name a mere few, this trio’s 11-track disc displays lush harmonies (God Knows Where You Are), powerhouse vocals (I Dare You) and testimonial lyrics (Jehoviah-Jireh). Beginning with its first single, “Love God, Serve Others, Share Your Story”, produced by Mac Powell of Third Day, the theme of “Wake the World” is simple. Follow those three simple steps, all else will fall in line.

With 9 of the 11-tracks written by the members of Beloved, they remarked that with this project they were stressing Change. “Some people resist it and some thrive on it but few things are more exhilarating, or necessary, than change.” As they set about to record what would become Wake the World in early 2007, Kim recalls, “We were growing and changing as people, as artists, so naturally that was reflected in the music and lyrics we were writing.”

Having developed a reputation of being “one of a kind”, Beloved’s mission is to sing real music for real women. With Wake the World, not only do they encourage and edify the body of Christ but through their singing, songwriting, and testimony their passionate message is clearly on display.

Adrian B. Martinez: "Music and Movies, Movies and Music, always the twain shall meet" is Adrian B. Martinez's motto; a displaced New Yorker living in Connecticut. A complete Movie nut, Adrian was responsible for writing movie synopsis' for Loews Movie Theater's for over 5 years. At any given time that would be a synopsis for over 25 movies in one week. Whew! Nowadays, she is a regular in the Press area for the Creation Festival and Purple Door Festival. To keep her in the lifestyle she has become accustomed, she does web-design for DelMonico Hatter in New Haven, Ct. and serves as a Supervisor for the Hartford Civic Center, also in Ct. An avid traveler, Adrian has been to Europe numerous times and can be seen criss-crossing the United States in her re-furbished 1974 Orange Volkswagen Vanagon which has allowed her to participate in her favorite past-time, meeting new people….When she does take the time to stop, she spends her time with a very handsome man that goes by the name of Zorro. He can be seen sleeping on the couch, bed, bathing in the sunlight on a window ledge or anywhere else that he deems comfortable. Zorro of course, is her cat.