Mainly backed by a soulful piano riff and Miss Freddye’s big, jazzy voice, “Wade In The Water” is an absolute delight of a track. Crossing over multiple genres including jazz, soul, blues, adult contemporary and even a little bit of Motown tastefully thrown in, “Wade” is no run-of-the-mill, standard gospel track. While the lyrics of “Wade In The Water” do allude to biblical characters and the big man upstairs, (“God’s gonna trouble the water”, “looks like the children that Moses led”, “the children of the Israelites”), Miss Freddye works these into the track in a creative, seamless way. Supported by skilled backing vocals, Freddye’s gospel diva voice throughout the track is highly enjoyable and exciting to listen to. Whether it’s her high falsetto notes during the song’s final climax, or the growls she inserts at key intervals, Freddye’s vocals suitably straddle the line between classic and modern – but most of all, you can tell that she’s clearly a talented vocalist, capable of taking on any song. If it just so happens that the finger-waving “Wade In The Water” is your first foray into Miss Freddye’s music, it’s likely that you’re going to be impressed by this bluesy track and want to stay right there, in that water.

-Fred E.