One of the most striking facets of GOTTA HAVE GOSPEL! is how it demonstrates what a big tent the world of gospel is in its ability to encompass a wide variety of music united by the subject matter of faith and love of God. Spiritual chanteuse Yolanda Adams eases into the ballad "I'm Gonna Be Ready," Kirk Franklin gives a contemporary spin to an old-fashioned revival on "Hosanna," and female duo Mary Mary pours So So Def-like beats and harmonies into "Dance Dance Dance" and a remix of "Wanna Praise You."
The Winans, the first family of gospel, are, of course, represented by way of CeCe's chugging workout "Anybody Wanna Pray" and sister Vickie's equally uplifting and classical music-flavored "Mighty God Medley." Other famous names making their mark on this two-disc set are the legendary Shirley Caesar, Donnie McClurkin, T.D. Jakes, and Dottie Peoples. A blessed added treat is a bonus DVD featuring performances by Byron Cage, the Colorado Mass Choir, Kirk Franklin, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and Mary Mary.