Deitrick Haddon, Church On the Moon
By Debra Akins, contributing writer, watchgmctv.com
For the past decade, Deitrick Haddon has been one of the most recognized creative forces in contemporary gospel music. Mixing inspirational messages with great melodies and beats, Haddon has infused each of his projects with an enthusiastic style that continues to evolve with each new release. And did I mention that he’s creative? Well, he is. And never more so than on his latest thematic offering, Church On the Moon, which will undoubtedly be hailed as one of Haddon’s most ambitious and imaginative undertakings to date.
His 11th album overall, Church On the Moon is described by his label (Verity) as “an epic 18-song revelation of one Christian man considering the future of not only believers, but the world at large.” Mixing interplanetary metaphors with supersonic soundscapes and gospel messages, Haddon invites listeners to climb aboard his hovercraft to see civilization circa the year 3000. The album comes complete with guest appearances from fellow contemporaries Tye Tribbett, J Moss, Canton Jones, rapper-singer T-Haddy (Deitrick’s cousin) and Damita Haddon (Deitrick’s wife). Musically, it covers every style from funk, Motown, techno reggae and auto-tuned hip-hop to soulful worship ballad.
Haddon himself says, “There’s so much sadness and craziness going on down here on Earth, I want to take you somewhere else for a while. Church On the Moon is gospel music from another perspective – a record that takes you on a journey. When the last song has played, you will feel far above any problems that were weighing you down.”