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Rev. Luther Barnes & The Restoration Worship Center ChoirFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – SRT ENTERTAINMENT


STELLAR AWARD WINNING GOSPEL HIT-MAKER REV. LUTHER BARNES TO RELEASE FIRST CHOIR PROJECT IN A DECADE NEW ALBUM FEATURES TOP 20 HIT SINGLE “GOD’S GRACE” AND RE-AFFIRMS THE CONTEMPORARY RELEVANCE OF TRADITIONAL GOSPEL THE FAVOR OF GOD PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW!


The Reverend Luther Barnes comes from a notable gospel background. His father, Bishop F.C. Barnes, wrote and scored a hit with the gospel standard “Rough Side Of The Mountain.” Raised in the church from a young age, Rev. Barnes felt called to music ministry and embarked on a hit-making career as lead singer, producer, songwriter and director of the “quartet” gospel group Luther Barnes & The Sunset Jubilaires. He also founded The Red Budd Gospel Choir which also scored a string of hits, including the Stellar Award-nominated “Somehow Some Way.” Now Rev. Barnes steps forward with a brand new choir, the Restoration Worship Center Choir, and a stunning set of new compositions. The Favor Of God, his first choir project in a decade, is to be released by Shanachie Entertainment/SRT Entertainment on Sept. 9, 2016. Produced by Rev. Barnes and Derrick Adams, the album is a beautifully arranged and performed work featuring live strings and horns on several tracks, a work of extraordinary quality that re-asserts the relevance of traditional gospel. The lead single, “God’s Grace,” hit the gospel radio Top 20 in record time and seems destined to be another major landmark in Rev. Barnes’ magnificent gospel career.

Given the quality of Rev. Barnes’ work and his commitment to his ministry, one wonders why it took so long for him to step forward with this new project.

“Although it has taken a minute for me to bring forth another musical project,” Luther says, “ I believe the delayed process was nothing less than God’s perfect will. The birthing of our church, Restoration Worship Center, has brought with it new life and purpose, which is extremely evident in these songs. The Restoration Worship Center Choir and musicians are awesome. We have truly been blessed by the Favor of God.”

Indeed the diversity and all-around quality of the music on “The Favor Of God,” makes it well worth the wait. Ranging from rousing hand-clapping, foot-stomping tracks such as “One More Time” to the heartfelt, lush, orchestrated “God’s Grace,” The Favor Of God is truly a tour-de-force.

“Luther Barnes is the ultimate musical trifecta,” says SRT Entertainment’s D.A. Johnson. “He is a phenomenal producer, prolific songwriter and consummate artist; his smooth velvet voice is one of the most distinctive, recognizable voices in the history of record music, ranking him amongst the greatest balladeers of all time.”

Luther Barnes was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina in 1954, the son of the late Bishop F. C. Barnes and the late Willie Mae Barnes, who instilled in him a desire to trust and obey God’s word. At the age of nine he felt the call of music ministry, feeling he had been given a special gift from the Lord. On graduating from high school he became the lead singer of the successful gospel quartet The Sunset Jubiliares, who went on to score a string of gospel hits. Luther’s style was notable for its refinement and dignity; he did not employ the flamboyant style of many other gospel vocalists. He pursued and attained a degree in Music Education from St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina and in 1985 formed the Red Budd Gospel Choir, who broke through with such hits as “I’m Still Holding On,” (which features a lead vocal from his wife Deborah Barnes), “So Satisfied, “ Spirit, Fall Fresh,” “That Other Shore,” “Somehow Someway” and “No Matter How High I Get” (written by Bobby Womack). In 2006 he accepted a call into the preaching ministry, following the leadership of his father. But he continued his music ministry, which took him all over the country, garnering a multitude of awards and honors including a Vision Award, Stellar Award, and a GWMA Excellence Award. He also received a Grammy nomination and a Gospel Heritage Award. Having produced over twenty-eight CDs, he found time to perform or record with such gospel greats as Shirley Caesar, Kirk Franklin, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, John P. Kee, and The Mighty Clouds Of Joy. He established the Restoration Worship Center in Rocky Mount, North Carolina in 2014 and serves as its Senior Pastor.

Even though Rev. Barnes is steeped in the gospel tradition and in many ways is continuing that tradition, he sees himself as an innovator. As he told journalist Bill Carpenter in Carpenter’s Uncloudy Days: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia: “At an early age, I would always listen to the difference between the sound of gospel music and the sound of popular music. The Temptations and all those artists sounded so much better. I said, ‘Goodness, why can’t gospel music come up and be just as right musically as the other forms of music? I thank God for people such as Kirk Franklin and James Cleveland who have helped us get our act together and upgrade our music.”

Always, modest, the Rev. Barnes did not mention himself as one of those who is elevating gospel music. But, as The Favor Of God shows, he definitely is!

Luther Barnes

LUTHER BARNES SIGNS EXCLUSIVE RECORDING AGREEMENT WITH SRT ENTERTAINMENT

Flowood, MS – SRT Entertainment is proud to announce the signing of Grammy award nominated, Stellar award winning producer, artist, songwriter Luther Barnes to an exclusive recording agreement.
Luther Barnes brings his very successful solo career as well as his Sunset Jubilaires, Red Budd Gospel Choir and Barnes Family Reunion brands to the label.

Luther Barnes, son of “Mr. Rough Side Of The Mountain” The Late Great Bishop F. C. Barnes, has forged his own place and has made his own mark in the history of Gospel music. Cherished as one of the greatest balladeers of all time in any genre (Urban, Gospel or Blues), Luther Barnes has enjoyed airplay and sales success with his many styles of Gospel recorded albums from the Quartet, Choir, Praise & Worship to Contemporary.

As a producer and songwriter, Luther Barnes has produced and penned timeless classics such as “I’m Still Holding On”, “So Satisfied” & the Grammy nominated, Stellar winning “It’s Your Time,” Stellar Nominated, new “Wedding Song” standard “Somehow Someway” and the “Exercise Song” “You Keep On Blessing Me” which was a Top 10 Billboard Gospel Song and experienced crossover success into the Urban mainstream receiving airplay on Urban AC stations around the country. Of his twenty-one releases in his vast catalog with more than half of them reaching Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums Charts, seven (7) in the top twenty.

And just when you think he couldn’t get any better, continuing his family lineage, Luther Barnes has accepted the pastoral call on his life and is the Senior Pastor & Founder of the Restoration Worship Center, Rocky Mount, NC.

Pastor Luther Barnes states, “I am extremely delighted to be on board with SRT Entertainment. I sincerely look forward to continuing my music ministry with God’s blessings and the expertise of Mr. D.A. Johnson and his team.”

SRT Entertainment is excited to partner with Pastor Luther Barnes in this new season of his ministry and recording career. Old and new fans of this multi-talented gentleman will definitely want to add the future classic songs of Pastor Luther Barnes to their music collection.

SRT Entertainment
PO Box 320385
Flowood, MS 39232

ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS RECORDING ARTIST REV. GERALD THOMPSON PASSES

Atlanta International Records recording artist Rev. Gerald Thompson passes

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS ANNOUNCED

The Malaco Music Group regrets to announce the passing of Atlanta International Records (AIR Gospel) recording artist Rev. Gerald Thompson.

Rev. Gerald Thompson has without a doubt, emerged as one of America’s most premier Gospel personalities. Indeed Rev. Gerald Thompson is not only a gifted singer/songwriter, musician, arranger and producer, he is also, and most importantly an anointed preacher and minister of the Gospel. Rev. Gerald Thompson is recognized and respected for his unique songwriting ability. His anointed songs have crossed the borders of all 50 states and abroad catapulting him to a place in Gospel music that spans decades. He has written, arranged and recorded such musical renditions as “Everybody Ought To Know Who Jesus Is,” “Your Deliverance Is In The Praise,” “Hallelujah I Found Him, ” and his Billboard charted hit “Jesus Is My Rock.” Respected for his unique style, talent and ability, Rev. Gerald Thompson has been summoned by some of Gospel music’s icons to lend his writing and producing skills on their individual projects.

A few of the artists he has had the distinct pleasure of working with include..,
The Legendary Swanee Quintet
The Lumzy Sisters
Tommy Ellison And The Singing Stars
Sister Lucille Pope And The Pearly Gates
Rev.Timothy Wright
Rev. James Moore
The Arkansas Fellowship Mass Choir
The Oklahoma Fellowship Mass Choir
The Tennessee Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship
Rev.Timothy Flemming And The Mt. Carmel Mass Choir
Velmer Watkins And The Angelic Community Choir
Rev. Jerry Black And The Greater Paradise Baptist Church
And many other national personalities too numerous to name.

Rev. Gerald Thompson has also co-produced four-time stellar award winner, Dottie Peoples on her “Live At Salem” and “On Time God” recorded project. He is also the writer and arranger of the popular hit song, “God Is A Good God” as recorded by Bishop Paul S. Morton and the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Mass Choir, which is continuously receiving phenomenal success. Rev. Gerald Thompson has also experienced some personal success recording 6 releases on the Atlanta International Record label entitled..,

Let the Church Say Amen
Let the Church Say Amen Again
Live in Chicago
Deliverance In The Praise
Everybody Ought To Know Who Jesus Is
I Can’t Stop Now

As exemplified through the power of his ministry, Rev. Gerald Thompson is truly a man on a mission dedicated to proclaiming and promoting the Kingdom of God. He has a unique passion for serving and encouraging God’s people. He continuously uses every one of his gifts and talents to build up and strengthen the body of Christ. Rev. Gerald Thompson is the founder and president of Gerald Thompson Ministries, Inc., and the Gee Tee Gospel music/record company. He also served as the Pastor of the Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church in Lamar, Mississippi where the motto is “You can always experience God’s Grace at Greenwood!” Rev. Gerald Thompson was blessed and happily married to his best friend, partner and wife Mrs. Vicki Renee Thompson.

He will be greatly missed!

The Arrangements are as follows:

Thursday, May 30th at 11.00 am at
Greater Second Baptist Church
516 Geyer Springs Road
Little Rock, AR

Flowers should be sent to:
Robinson Mortuary
1201 Dr. Martin L King Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

Phone 501-371-0111

Cards should be mailed to
Family of Pastor Gerald Thompson
P.O. Box 165818
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202



As repoted by MALACO MUSIC GROUP