Since the 1960s, when they were known as The Upper Room singers, The Henley Family have been spreading the word through song. The group now includes Marlon Cox, who is producing his mother, aunt, brother and cousins on their first CD, “Done Deal.” The disc is a soulful gospel outing with a modern edge and spirit that agnostics might find troubling.
Cox was one half of Dirty Soulz, a rap group signed to a label ran by his other cousin, Micheal “D’angelo” Archer. After the group’s deal faded, he continued making music, teaming up with cousin Mike on the John Singleton film “Baby Boy,” with the smoldering “Talk Shit to Ya” He would go on to do production work for people like Raphael Saadiq and Angie Stone before releasing his first album “Ain’t That Da’ Truth,” in 2006.
His work on The Henley Family CD sounds like a culmination of his experience in the music industry, a cleansing of his “dirty soul” with a “done deal” that includes his return to the music scene. The group recently performed at Gospel Baptist Church and left a standing congregation wanting more. Unfortunately, that might be a problem.
UPDATE: The CD is now available at BK Music.