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Worthen shows blend of musical styles in latest album release

CROSBY — In 2007, Crosby’s J.J. Worthen released his first full-length album “Devotee” to rave reviews.

Worthen is back with a new release that hit stores last month, including Arlan’s Market in Crosby. The newest release is the self-titled album from the band Hello Love, a collaboration between Worth and Richard Whiting.

While he was trained in classical music, Worthen’s work shows a blend of pop, rock, jazz and funk. The blending of styles is demonstrated in the retro 1960’s mod look of the album cover. This is in stark contrast the dark gray color of Devotee. Like the first album, Worthen’s stronger spiritual background comes through in Hello Love.

A native of Crosby, Worthen was active in the high school choir. After winning Channel 2’s “Gimme the Mike Houston” talent competition Worthen went on to further his music studies at Houston Baptist University. At HBU he earned a degree in music theory and composition.

Worthen also serves as a worship specialist at Riverpointe Community Church in Richmond.