Garvin Dean Project

Garvin Dean Project

BandR&BGospel

In case nobody told you, it's true- you can praise the Lord with gospel that tastes like jazz. Our music is a formulated blend of gospel sounds with soulful heartfelt melodies, tight harmonies, all firmly grounded in a bedrock of smooth gospel jazz.

Biography

The Garvin Dean Project (GDP) formed by Garvin Dean in 1999 came together again in 2005 to do a gospel project. Garvin Dean is a native of Huntsville, AL, and it was there, growing up on the campus of Oakwood College that he developed his love of music. As a child, he spent many hours listening to his father, Arnold Dean, who is a phenomenal classically trained pianist and organist. Everyone in the family is into music and is talented, so to him writing and performing music only seemed natural.

The GDP's core members, Kimberly Carter, Enjoli Howard, Jennifer Bellamy, Teneka Davis, Vinette Dye, Tonnette Sabbater-Reid, and Garvin met over dinner one Sabbath afternoon and just started singing around the piano. "We realized right away there was a special vibe in the room, and decided to do something with it", said leader Garvin Dean. The rest of the story can be heard on this second album of The Garvin Dean Project.

Lyrics

Things are Looking Up!

Written By: Garvin Dean

Verse 1:
It’s hard to see the horizon,
When your eyes are looking down,
It’s hard to hold on to heaven,
When your feet are on the ground,
Well, I’ve traded in my vision,
For this light I see in You,
When I see the world through Your eyes,
Every thing seems all right.

Chorus:
Things are looking up,
Since I’ve been looking up to You.
Things are looking up,
Cause I’ve seen what You’ve brought me through.
Things are looking up,
Cause You’ve made everything brand new,
All because You loved me,
Things are looking up.

Verse 2:
It’s been a long time in the making,
I never thought that it would come,
It’s been a moving and shaking!
What a mighty work You’ve done!
Well, I’ve traded in my weakness,
For this strength I find in You,
When I see the world through Your eyes,
Every thing seems all right!

Chorus:
Things are looking up,
Since I’ve been looking up to You.
Things are looking up,
Cause I’ve seen what You’ve brought me through.
Things are looking up,
Cause You’ve made everything brand new,
All because You loved me,
Things are looking up.

Bridge A:
I lift my eyes to the sky,
Your love is the reason why,
It’s power I cannot deny,
I look up!

Chorus:
Things are looking up,
Since I’ve been looking up to You.
Things are looking up,
Cause I’ve seen what You’ve brought me through.
Things are looking up,
Cause You’ve made everything brand new,
All because You loved me,
Things are looking up.

Bridge B:
It’s all cause you love me
Now, it’s light
I see a brighter day.
Now, I found a better way!
All because you love me
Things are looking up!

Vamp:
Things are looking up for me.

The Wayfarer's Inn

Written By: Garvin Dean

Verse :
Started all over again,
Never intending to sin,
Somehow, some way,
You slipped away,
Not expecting to retain,
His love and mercy,
Thought you forfeited all your blessing,
You will find you will find yourself,
When you find your way to Him.

Chorus:
And it goes,
A story without an end,
Found the road now you’re lost again,
Found the road now you’re lost again.
And He knows,
How your story is going to end,
All roads lead back to Him,
Drifters find Him at the Wayfarer’s Inn.

You will find yourself,
When you find your way to Him.

Chorus:
And it goes,
A story without an end,
Found the road now you’re lost again,
Found the road now you’re lost again.
And He knows,
How your story is going to end,
All roads lead back to Him,
Drifters find Him at the Wayfarer’s Inn.

VAMP
All roads lead back to Him

I Need an Answer (to My Prayer)

Written By: Garvin Dean

Chorus 1:
I need an answer to my prayer,
Oh Lord today,
Give an answer to my prayer,
Oh Lord I pray,
Please give an answer to my prayer,
Oh Lord today,
Oh Lord, answer me I pray.

Bridge:
We come boldly,
To petition You,
Oh Lord, answer us today!

Chorus 2:
We need an answer to our prayer,
Oh Lord today,
Give an answer to our prayer,
Oh Lord we pray,
Please give an answer to our prayer,
Oh Lord today,
Oh Lord, answer us we pray.

Chorus 3:
Send the Spirit, Lord, to comfort us today,
Give the Spirit, Lord, to comfort us,
We pray,
Please send the Spirit, Lord, to comfort us today,
Oh Lord, answer us we pray.

Chorus 4:
Give a blessing, NOW, to us oh Lord today,
Please give a blessing, NOW, to us oh Lord we pray,
Give a blessing, NOW, to us oh Lord today,
Oh Lord, answer us we pray.

Vamp:
We need an answer to our prayer,
oh Lord
Send your Spirit Lord to comfort us,
Give a blessing, NOW, to us,
Oh Lord, today.
Oh Lord, answer us.

We come boldly,
To petition You,
Oh Lord, answer us today!

Discography

The Wayfarer's Inn - Release Date: 7/2006. Available on iTunes, amazon.com, cdbaby.com, napster.com, and more. Playing on the radio in Huntsville, AL; Orlando, FL; Nashville, TN; and Charlotte, NC. Streaming on garvindeanproject.com and rhapsody.com.

In Time - Release Date: 12/1999. Available on iTunes, amazon.com, cdbaby.com, napster.com, and more. Playing on the radio in Huntsville, AL; Orlando, FL; Nashville, TN; and Charlotte, NC. Streaming on garvindeanproject.com and rhapsody.com.

Set List

Set A:
1. We Have a Story (About a Man Named Jesus)
2. The Greatest Gift
3. The Greatest Gift - Reprise
4. Nothing Between Us

Set B:
1. Savior Like a Shepherd (Lead Us)
2. Impromptu Serenade
3. Wayfarer's Inn
4. I Need an Answer (to My Prayer)