Tonex's Out The Box - The Movie (DVD) @ Amazon.com
Tonex (pronounced "Toe-Nay") gained a reputation as a maverick in the Christian music world with his unorthodox style and his willingness to take chances--his rebellious nature garnered the young singer comparisons to Prince. Tonex's uniqueness is evident on his latest release OUT THE BOX, particularly on his between-song exhortations to the crowd, expressed in of-the-moment, hip-hop-influenced language. It's a fitting connection, as both rap and gospel are based in passion, an emotion fully embraced by Tonex and his R&B-leaning band. As with much spiritual-based music, nowhere is the energy stronger than in a live setting, and this set of performances doesn't disappoint, with more than two hours of sweet praise-oriented songs such as "Make Me Over" and "Believer." OUT THE BOX shows that the most beautiful spirit can come out of breaking with binding traditions.