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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!

The Legends of Quartet Gospel DayIt is good to see some of The Legends of Quartet Gospel having their special day. The following is a posting from Quartet Central Message Board (by Evangelist Loretta Coleman) that got our attention:

AT LAST, A PROGRAM THAT IS NOT JUST THE NORMAL!! AT LAST A PROGRAM CELEBRATION WITH A PURPOSE!!! THANKS WE CARE FOR REALIZING AND RECOGNIZING THE VALUE OF THE LIVING LEGENDS!

Living Legends of Quartet Day, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 is a celebration symbolic of our desire to promote superior inspirational music from various parts of this great country. We have our beloved Male Choruses represented as we all know it is the Male Choruses that keep quartet Gospel Music Alive in the churches today. We have these wonderfully anointed area male and female quartet groups that represent many parts of North Carolina with some of our premium singers. And of course we have the Living Legends of Quartet that have paved the way not just for quartet artist but for gospel artist everywhere.

We CARE works hard to sponsor and coordinate events that improve the quality of life in the community and surrounding areas where we work, live, and share our musical heritage. In keeping with our mission we promote concerts, fundraisers, listening parties and fund a weekly radio broadcast to ensure that Traditional Gospel Music remains on the air in the hearts of the Carolinas. The We CARE Saturday Morning Broadcast works to rebuild and promote Traditional Gospel Music in Wake County and the surrounding areas. This is out 4th year broadcasting on POWER 750 WAUG and our third radio Anniversary. We praise God as we have become one of Raleigh’s most celebrated Gospel Music broadcast

in such a short period of time.

Our Anniversary is committed to preserving Black Quartet Gospel Music and the vision of promoting the legendary artist that remain. This year’s concert features Gospel Greats Rev. Thomas J. Spain & The Brooklyn Allstars, The Swanee Quintet of Augusta GA, Willis Pittman & The Burden Lifters of Richmond, VA and The Return of Slim’s Original Angels, Together these legends have given the gospel music industry more than 181 years of the finest music ever. Thank you, Legends of Gospel. Also on program, Bishop R L Ponder & The Ponder Bros., The Walker Sisters, Grady Walston & Friends and The Lincolnville All Male Chorus.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT, WE ENCOURAGE YOUR SUPPORT FOR OUR LIVING LEGENDS.”