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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!

Darrell McFadden And The DisciplesOnce again, the All Gospel Quartet Christmas broadcast was well received by listeners all over the world. We look forward to airing the ALL Gospel Quartet Music Christmas broadcast again during the 2015 Christmas Season. So, if your group has a holiday song or plan to record one this year, send it to us for the next All Gospel Quartet Christmas Music Broadcast.

The Top 25 Gospel Quartet Christmas songs, as rated by the listeners from around the world, from the 2014 broadcast were:

1. Lord We Praise You – Minister Win Thompkins

2. This Christmas – Darrell McFadden & The Discciples

3. He Brought Joy (Christmas) – Lady Betricce Ward & Angelic Voices

4. Remember Its Christmas Time – Ronald Ferguson & Chosen

5. 12 Days Of Christmas – Keith Wonderboy Johnson & The Spiritual Voices

6. The Virgin Mary Had One Son – The Staple Singers

7. Love Is The Greatest Gift Of All – The Evereadys

8. Christmas Miracle – The Mighty Golden Bells

9. I’ll Never 4get Christmas – The William Singers

10. Christmas – Darrell McFadden & The Disciples

11. Celebrate Jesus – The New Joyful Sounds

12. How Sweet The Name – Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites

13. It’s Almost Christmas – Leon Henderson

14. I Rather Be With You – The New Joyful Sounds

15. The Christmas Song – The Temptations

16. The Last Of The Year – The Staple Singers

17. It’s That Time Of Year – Brothers & Sisters, Featuring Elder Troy Jackson

18. Jesus Is The Reason – Tammy Edwards And The Edwards Singers

19. Love Comes With Christmas – The Temptations

20. What A Night Featuring Rev. R. L. Bush – Darrell McFadden & The Disciples

21. Happy Holiday – Darrell McFadden & The Disciples

22. The Time Of The Year – Willie Rogers

23. Born On Christmas Day – The Alabama Gurlz

24. It’s Christmas Time Again – Darrell McFadden & The Discciples

25. Joy To The World – The Staple Singers

From December 1 to 31, 2013, Gloryland Gospel will air an all quartet gospel Christmas broadcast on Gloryland Gospel Quartet Radio. If you are a quartet singer or gospel quartet group that has recorded any Christmas songs, and if we do not have your songs, send the project to us. We will include your music in the broadcast.

This year we have new Christmas music from the Ronald Ferguson & Chosen, Brothers & Sisters featuring Rev. Troy Jackson, and many more. Send your CD to Gloryland Gospel Quartet Radio, Post Office Box 25567, Columbia, SC 29224, or email your copyrighted mp3 file to us at radio@glorylandgospel.com, and we will share your music with the world.

Then listen to Gloryland Gospel Quartet Radio and enjoy an entire month of the very best in quartet gospel Christmas music. And, if you desire to satisfy your Gospel Quartet urge for non-holiday music, tune into Gloryland Gospel Radio. We will be broadcasting the Gloryland Gospel Top 20 Chart projects on Gloryland Gospel Radio from December 1 through 10.