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Unmerited Favor

by Rob Mercer With Friends

The soulful & spirited vocals of Rob Mercer & friends take you through an experience of urban edge, street-wise R&P (rhythm & praise); emotive & heart-rending worship; powerful anthems of praise; and the sweet affirmation of the Savior.
Genre: Spiritual: Contemporary Gospel
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1. Light
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2. Unmerited Favor
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5:13 album only
3. Hannah's Song
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6:16 album only
4. Hannah's Song (reprise)
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2:09 album only
5. 80s Medley (feat. Running Back 2 U/Everything U Touch/Endow Me)
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6. Where Has The Love Gone
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7. Praising You (Part 1)
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8. Praising You (Part 2)
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9. Lord We Praise You
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10. Mighty God
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11. How
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12. Lamb of God
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13. Morning Light
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Armed with a passion for the Lord, and blessed with a four-octave range, Rob Mercer is an accomplished vocalist in the field of Contemporary Christian and Gospel music. From the tender age of four, Rob was singing and performing at recitals and concerts in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. The son of an ordained minister, he became a regular opening act for many gospel greats including the late Rev. James Cleveland and Edwin Hawkins.

After entering Hampton University, Rob frequently performed at area talent showcases. His popularity grew and he was soon a requested favorite of the student body and the surrounding communities--at one point writing, arranging and performing the theme song for the 1992 Miss Hampton Coronation.

Rob has toured extensively, including Johannesburg, South Africa, to teach Gospel music to performing arts students. He has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has sung background vocals for Diana Ross. Most recently, Rob was a lead soloist with Carlton Burgess and Complete Praise.

Rob's creative pursuits has taken him into the realm of acting where he has performed in numerous stage plays, including TORN, LOCK IN and 12 Angry Men. He is slated to continue his development in the dramatic arts by starring as the lead character in Rosie Roger's Dangerous Lies and Subtle Deceit.

Summer 2002 heralded the release of Rob's debut album, Rob Mercer with Friends, Unmerited Favor, on his own K.A.M.G. (Kingdom Access Music Group) label. In describing his musical heritage, Rob explains, "My father would never play anything but Christian music so that's all I heard. I lived with music by the Winans family, Vanessa Bell-Armstrong, Richard Smallwood and the Clark Sisters every day. And then, in 1988, I was exposed to Crystal Lewis, igniting my love for Christian Contemporary music. I hope people will hear all of these influences on this project."

This recording showcases Rob's lyrical and musical writing abilities and demonstrates his love for others in the Christian community whom he features prominently in this collaborative effort. Of his signature emphasis on supporting and encouraging other artists, Rob says, "One of the gifts with which God has entrusted me, is music administration. I have always loved working with others in ministry. There is so much we can do when we truly operate as the body of Christ. The Bible teaches us in Matthew 18: 18-20 that there is power in agreement. And with everything going on in the world, there is room for each of us to do our part and bring about change."

The album's first track, "Light," is an energetic exhortation to believers to be examples of Christ in a world that is looking for answers. Recalling his inspiration for the song, Rob explains, "I wrote that one straight out of Matthew 5: 13-16. I guess I really love that book, but there was a time when I found myself being pulled at by both worlds. But mercifully, during that same time, I began to feel God saying to me, 'I have called you to be an example so that others see Me through you.'"

The project's title track "Unmerited Favor" is a re-telling of Rob's personal testimony. Anyone who has seen this brother minister knows there was a period in his life when he was ready to throw in the towel. Of these dark days, Rob remembers, "My sin was ever before me and it didn't look like God was hearing my cry. It was just in that moment when He spoke the words that inspired this song and said 'my Grace is still sufficient.'"

Another spiritual high point of this album is the emotive and heart-rending "Hannah's Song," featuring the arresting vocals of Margo Goggins. This exquisite recording recounts Hannah's desperate but determined story of hope and praise in the face of grievous personal circumstances, and will certainly become an enduring source of solace and encouragement to many who struggle with the pain of unfulfilled dreams.

"Lamb of God," the album's first single release, is a poignant poem celebrating God's redemptive love and Christ's ultimate triumph. Rob interprets Kenneth Reese's masterpiece with aching honesty and raw emotion. In contemplating the gravity of this song's subject, Rob says, "I am so grateful for Calvary. When I think about my life, I understand that if Christ had never taken my sins upon Himself, I would have been utterly without hope. When you really sit down and meditate on what He did, it blows your mind. God loved us so much that He was willing to let His Son be humiliated, beat down, spit on, whipped, and broken so that we would have a right to eternal life---Amazing."

Though aware that the road ahead may yet be long, Rob is grateful to the Father for the traveling mercies he has already received. "The Lord knew there would be a time when I could have easily been overcome by all kinds of sin. Now I have salvation because He took care of those faults and failures some 2000 years early. Thank You Jesus!"

Rob Mercer is a gifted and passionate soldier of Christ, eager to share his joy and testimony with all who will hear.


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Cecil

awsome experience
I was blessed to meet Rob down thru the years thru a mutaul friend which also was his marketing manager and good Friend (Dan Carpenter) I was honored when they asked me to set up a table and sell his CDs at a concert which they performed in Laurel Md My God is was awsome I cried, danced and gave God the glory. Ilike all of the songs on the cd but my favorite is the song Hannah"s Song the leader did a wonderful job it was truly an annoited song and she song it with everything she had it was no suprise when they drug her off of the stage as she was cring and talking in Tongues I have never been to a more Spirit Filled concert in my life WE had Church that night. I let someone listen to that song and here it is 2010 and choirs across the globe are still singing that song. I lost touch with Rob if anyone knows where he is please email me I would love to help him market his second CD. cwestbey@yahoo.com...

Money Sisters

LOVED IT . . .
We sat and listened together to the songs. They are just beautiful and inspired. Rob Mercer's voice is captivating and in "The Lamb" the anointing flows. The music is anointed.

Beverly Heath

This CD is excellent
Truly a ministry of music from start to finish! I absolutely love the medley!

J Sanders

A Project of EXCELLENCE!
My soul was truly blessed the first time I listened to this album. Rob Mercer with Friends is about MINISTRY!! There's a song on this album for every individual and every situation. A wonderful addition to anyone's CD collection.

Ann and Richard Dublin

Experience the Presence of God
I can truly say the entire project is anointed. Each song causes burdens to be removed and yokes to be destroyed. Hannah’s Song ushers you into the presence of the Lord; Lamb of God causes you to reflect on the love God, and each song impacts you in some way. We were all created to praise God - (Psalms 120:18). This CD should be apart of everyone’s musical collection. God Bless.

Gigi Hopkins w/ Jirehs Entertainment

WORSHIP AT IT'S HIGHEST
To experience the presence of God is an awesome privilege. This CD ushers you into HIS very presence.

When I first heard Lamb of God I was in total awe of how God used this great Psalmist to express what Jesus endured for us.
It's hard to talk about the CD and not the artist. I have had the pleasure of meeting Rob personally and witnessing his willingness to be used by God. It takes OBEDIENCE to birth a worship experience such as this CD, Unmerited Favor. Rob, thank you for your OBEDIENCE.

Reviewing this CD has been a true blessing for me, I am looking forward to the arrival of my full copy.
Gigi Hopkins(www.jirehsent.com)

Earl Bynum - Rejoice 100.9 FM (WFMI)

Get Ready to feel His Presence
This project is truly one that you should have in your collection. His presence is felt and worship is evident! Would love to feature on radio show - On Stage With Earl Bynum that showcases Independent Artist with Live Interview.
The New 100.9FM (WFMI) 50,000 Watt, 24 Hour Gospel. www.rejoice100point9.com - www.earlbynum.com and email - earlbynum2001@aol.com

Sonya Pass

Awesome
This is an awesome project with a very clean, up-to-date sound. There's lots of variation in rhythms and styles. Most of all, the singers and minstrel gifts are anointed and it comes through.

Cross Light Music Services

Don't sleep on this one.....
This is truly one of the best independent artist I've heard in along time. This project has a wonderful ensemble of powerful ministers of song. If there is one word that describes this project it is AWESOME...

Rob Mercer is truly a rising star in the Kingdom of God.

You won't go wrong in purchasing this project from Rob Mercer and Friends.

Light - featuring Tishema Miller allows one to come to God just As We Are to worship.

God Bless,

T E Mendheim

GoldstreetMusic Productions

Totally spirit fullfilling
This CD TOTALLY BLESSED MY SOUL. The arrangements are very
carefully orchestrated to capture even the soul of the unbeliever,may God bless this project,and propell you to higher&higher deminsions.
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