Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
KIRK SAID IT BEST!
Phoenix | MI, USA | 05/20/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"When asked how he would describe Tonex's concert on the DVD, Kirk Franklin pretty much described it as a concert by an artist who happens to be a Christian. He said he wouldn't call it a Gospel concert and he was right! This NOT a Christo-centric performance! It focuses 90% of the energy on Tonex'! From the intro to the news clippings, to images embedded in the visuals of him as a Christ figure! If you are honest about it, it doesn't cause you to focus on Jesus, but on Tonex'! This concert is all about Tonex'. Having said that if you want a high energy performance from an artist who just happens to be Christian. You will enjoy it, because he is a gifted young man. I just do not view it as a Gospel concert or the so-called next level in praise and worship! Many have tried as Tonex' proclaims to take us to the next level, to make history. Trust me it won't happen unless you focus on His- Story! At the end of the day it's still all about Jesus, and in this performance you will find yourself searching for Him, because His-Story is buried beneath Tonex's desire to be the next great entertainer, the next Prince, or Micheal Jackson!"
Another Level of Worship & Praise!
M. D. Jacobs | NC | 02/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"O.K. everyone knows Tonex is radical for Christ, as this DVD clearly shows. The graphics in places are a little "strange" but I attribute that to Tonex's personality. The WORSHIP experience is phenomenal. Words cannot express what a blessing this DVD is to the music community. I recently brought an extra copy, so that I could share the WORSHIP experience with others! That is how much I love the DVD. It would be a shame for anyone to not share this movie with family and friends. People need to see the "new breed" of praise and worship. It shows people that they do not have to restrict themselves or God in WORSHIP. You can dance for God in any style, sing music in any genre or any language. Everyone loves a buffet....and that is what you get with Tonex's "Out the Box" DVD, a buffet of different styles of praise and worship."
This gospel artist could break the music mainstream...
Thouroughly Entertained | Los Angeles, CA USA | 12/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tonex is an incredible vocalist, dancer, producer, conceptualist. I think that he has the vision and the potential to cross over into the mainstream market of music with his visions.
My 8 year old hasn't put this video down since we've received it. (the day after Thanksgiving). She's learning the dance routines and knows the names of all of the performers, as well as, many of the lyrics.
For all it's worth, I would rather see today's youth watching something like this, than many of the other audio/visual presentations I've seen on MTV & Bet, Vh1, etc.
The musical genre's are similar, (jazz, neo soul, rock, r&b, hip hop, latin, etc.) but I think the message in the presentation addresses the concerns of today with fundamentals of Christianity. Many of the complaints that many have had about today music videos, including extremely revealing dancers, nasty lyrics, confusing messages about sex, etc. are addressed in this DVD.
Anyone who has come to our home and has seen the video, goes out and buys a copy for themselves. While there were a couple of things that I did not understand, much of the editing is wonderfully creative.
For those who are traditionalist in terms of gopel music (...and this DVD will have a tendacy to point you out), this may be a little 'over the top'. For those who are more open and for young one's, the general message is that you can dance, party, sing, have fun, dress funky, wear your hair wild (...or not) be "cool" and still be a bona fide Christian. It would take just such a movement to bring the younger generation back to the church.
My favorite scene was the "shout". A must see...I've never seen anyone do that dance like Tonex! Sheila Escovito, was great and so was Kirk Franklin...a forefather of this evolution in non-secular music.
With all of this in mind, I would say this is a must see dvd experience."
Wasn't Blown Away...But Still The Best Gospel DVD I've Seen
Andrae Williams | Toronto, Canada | 01/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well, I finally saw the DVD, and I was impressed. I wasn't blown away as I expected, but I was impressed nonetheless. The best gospel DVD I've ever seen, in terms of innovation and energy. I thought that they could have showed the choir more though, because I only saw them in bits and pieces, and when they did show them it would be for a millisecond. But still, great DVD........
Alive 1 & 2
Todos Juntos (Sheila E. is a MONSTER)
Make Me Over (Seeing it live was a whole new experience, as if I heard for the first time again)
Get it now if you don't have it, and don't be like the naysayers, nit-picking on every little detail. Just enjoy the DVD for what it is."