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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!

Men Of EnduranceBesides being quartet singing groups, what does The Tabor Singers, The TrueTones, The Mason Brothers, The Fantastic Jones Brothers, The Echoes Of Glory, The Chosen Voices, The Silvertones, The Sons of The Soul Revivers, The Wilson Brothers, and The Leggett Brothers have in common? At some point in their signing careers the members of Men Of Endurance were influenced by these groups. And, in some instances members of Men Of Endurance sang with or were musicians for some of the groups.

Men Of Endurance describes themselves as A Premier Gospel Quartet group. They are one of the most exciting and enthusiastic quartet groups in the San Francisco/Peninsula Bay Area of California. The group was organized in the early 90’s. They are indeed a traditional gospel quartet group. They sing with much energy and the lead singers are inspirational and powerful songsters.

The group’s new CD, So Blessed, is their sophomore project. The CD contains 10 songs. There is the upbeat “Jesus Paid It All.” There is a “Medley” that is actually a ballad incorporating the songs “Why I Sing,” “Silver and Gold,” and “Wherever I Go.” The group is joined by a choir on the “Medley.” And, there is a very moving rendition of “One More Time” that is dedicated to the late Willie Neal Johnson of The Gospel Keynotes and the late Henry “Hank” Cooper of Men Of Endurance.

One of the group’s goals is to “keep traditional quartet music alive.” With the new release, the group is well on their way to accomplishing this goal.

Listen to songs from the CD during the Quartet Mix broadcast at Gloryland Gospel Quartet Radio beginning January 25, 2011.

The Mighty SpiritualairesFour Clouds Records is the home of The Mighty Spiritualaires. Their recent release is titled Where Ever I Go. The 6-track CD offers insight into the distinctive musical talents of the members.

The group was organized in 1994. At that time they were The Young Men For Christ. With a name change and now on 4 Clouds Records, the group is ready to spread their message about the Good News with the world.

The new CD, which is also the group’s first recording, consists of 6 songs. They are “Where Ever I Go,” “Won’t It Be Grand,” “One More Time,” “God Is Going To Separate,” “Have You Tried Jesus,” and “I Love The Lord.”

Don’t be persuaded, by the name of some of the songs, into thinking that you may have heard them before. For instance the title “God Is Going To Separate” may suggest this is the song “Some Day” by Slim & The Supreme Angels. Well, as you listen to the CD, you will quickly realize it is not. And, “I Love The Lord” is not at all the song popularize by groups like Bill Pinkney & The Gospel Drifters, The Cork Singers or The Mighty Clouds of Joy.

The Mighty Spiritualaires appear to be very comfortable singing ballads. And, they do it quite well.

Overall, this is a good offering by The Mighty Spiritualaires. Listen to songs from the CD during the Quartet Mix broadcast at Gloryland Gospel Quartet Radio.