By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog.
Hailing from Durham, North Carolina, Synophia "Syn" Tate is a singer-songwriter whose easygoing, laid back pop alto matches the smooth jazz that accompanies her on her debut project, All of Me.
Dedicating the CD to her father, the late Norman Lee Turrentine, Tate delivers a handful of songs that explore facets of praise, faith, and hope. She is most comfortable singing in mid-range and on numbers that do not require significant leaps above or below the stave.
The Brazilian feel that infuses the title track is the album's high point, and is superior to the mix version that concludes the CD. "Purified” would work better as a slow, emotional ballad instead of with the andante beat that does not give Tate much time or space to embellish and improvise vocally.
On the ‘80s electric soul-inspired “I’ll Be There,” Tate couldn’t help but interpolate a line from the Jackson 5 hit of the same name. “Bring Them to Me” also gets a dominant synth treatment by album producer and musician Julius A. Petway.
“The Friend Medley” is a collection of hymns accompanied by classical guitar that benefits from simplicity and minimalism. Adding a second harmonic voice would have enhanced this selection. Nevertheless, Tate seems most at ease delivering the “Friend” hymns and a variant on “Be Still and Know.”
Tate, who founded Better than Blessed Ministries, serves as a member of the Chosen Vessels Choir and as a praise and worship leader for Wake Chapel Church.