Nice rendition of the Commodores classic, by one of the most gifted singers/entertainers to come out in a long time. This single featuring Smokie Norful, is featured on Heather’s recently released gospel album, Audience of One. Here’s a quote from her discussing the title of the album:

“Explaining the album title, AUDIENCE OF ONE, the Trinidad-born, Indiana-raised, and Northwestern University educated star gives credit to her husband Brian Musso. He reminded her one day about the little church back home, “the joy that I found singing in that empty church to my `audience of one.’ And so that is what this album is… a girl singing to the only audience that really matters… the One Audience who is truly worthy.” “I grew up in the church, actually above the church, and this album not only grants me a way to sing music I’ve always wanted to, but it also gives me a chance to give God some overdue praise for everything He has done, and continues to do for me. I really don’t deserve all that He has given me. I can’t help but be grateful; so, we’ll take the voice He gave and thank Him with it… This is My gift to God. My relationship with Him is paramount.”

Check out the Commodores, live, after the jump. Listen to Lionel ‘preaching‘ at the end of the song, it’s 1980, but his words are just as relevant today.

Commodores, “Jesus Is Love” (Lionel Richie), Heroes, (Motown/1980)