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


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!



MEMPHIS, TN – New Vision Records, a North Carolina-based independent record label has signed Memphis gospel quartet, GEORGE DEAN & THE GOSPEL FOUR to a record deal that includes national distribution of their new recording to be released early next year.

George Dean & The Gospel Four, billed now as a national touring artist, has made several recordings while remaining in demand all over the USA headlining at gospel programs.

Gospel Four was organized by George Dean, Robert Dean and John Whitmore over 40 years ago with brother Littleton Dean joining a few years later. This quartet’s modern sound stays true to traditional rhythms, and attracts a new generation of music lovers who is now supportive of this genre.

New Vision Records has assembled a national retail and marketing team to focus on the promotion of the Gospel Four’s aspiring career. Kelvin Crump will be responsible for Artist Relations and company’s LaDoris Thomas will oversee retail and promotions, along with Zadella “Mama” Curtis handling national marketing. The radio and retail campaign will be in full swing next year and will include a national tour of concerts and appearances.

“We are pleased to be adding The Gospel Four to our existing artist roster,” says Cecil Wilson, CEO of New Vision Records. “The company is very excited about signing our first major recording artist and we consider it the will of God for the two to join forces”. “We both have a long history of keeping the quartet genre alive”.

George Dean is also a Songwriter and Producer and his credits appear on several recordings of other national touring artists. The Lead Singer, George Dean, says: “I’m excited because the company really believes in The Gospel Four”.

The Gospel Four consists of: George Dean, Littleton Dean, Carl Anthony, and Tony Mason. The G4 band is: Jorgen “Jay” Jackson, Jeremy Menzies, Kendrick Blair, and Devin Taylor. Tour Driver is Ray Scott.

For more information on the Gospel Four, please visit www.newvisionrecords.com where audio and press clips are available. Their recordings will be available at major music retailers across North America and also with digital stores online.

For interviews contact:
LaDoris Thomas, 919-655-4379
New Vision Records
P.O. Box 4738 Cary, NC 27519

John Whitmore – 901-331-1022

Tony and The Magnificent Voices - Durham, NCOn Saturday, May 21, 2011, there was a concert at Lively Stone Temple, Columbia, South Carolina (where Bishop James Mack is the Pastor).  The concert was a fundraiser for the church to replace their air condition unit that had been stolen.  Yes, someone stole the Church’s air condition unit.  So, this church, with a small congregation, put on a quartet gospel concert to raise money to replace the unit.

For all practical purposes, this concert was just like many others that occurred on Saturday across the country.  However, upon a closer look there were some things that made this a one-of-a-kind concert.

First, there were only four (4) groups scheduled to minister.  They were Elder Donald Danner, The National Juniors, Tony and The Magnificent Voices, and Lil’ Sonny and The Peacemakers. It does not take a lot of groups to make a program successful.

Secondly, the groups did not charge to be part of the program.  Even in these austere times, there are groups that will travel for miles for a good cause.  Elder Donald Danner is based in Walterboro, South Carolina.  For him and his background singers, it was a 100 miles one-way trip.  Tony and The Magnificent Voices came from Durham, North Carolina – a 250 miles one-way trip.

Thirdly, the groups really ministered.  It is not being suggested that groups on the road today minister to impress, but it is bonus for any program when the groups minister and impress.  And, that is just what the groups did.  Elder Danner has a new single titled “Baptized In The Name of Jesus.”  For many in attendances, it was the first time they heard the song.  The congregation enthusiastically embraced the song.

Tony and The Magnificent Voices is a family group consisting on the father, mother, their 6 daughters and grandchildren.  There is no finer group on the road today than Tony and The Magnificent Voices.  The audience embraced them and showed the group how appreciative they were for them having traveled from Durham to assist the church.

The National Juniors closed the program in classic form.  They know how to read a crowd.  And, whether a large or small crowd, they know how to get the congregation involved in the program.

It is programs like this fundraiser that help to keep gospel quartet music alive.  We commend the groups for stepping up and aiding this church.