Entries tagged with “traditional”.

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

The Gospel Enforcers of New Jersey The Gospel Enforcers of New Jersey has a new CD titled Come To Jesus. The Enforcers have been around for quite sometime. Not only do they sing that ’traditional’ gospel song exceptionally well, they have masterfully blended R&B arrangements to some of their songs.

The project begins with the toe tapping “Come To Jesus.” Although it is a studio recording, you will think you’re sitting in an old-time revival. “Two Face” is the next track. The background harmony makes this one very easy on the ear. Next the guys tackle one of “grandma’s song” “Good To Be Alive.” You could envision this song being sang across the country in church serves every Sunday. The arrangement is one of the best traditional version of this song.

The hand clapping, washboard strumming “New Song” is next. Kept waiting for the lead singer to shout “Let’s Go To Work Fellows.“ The influence of the best from traditional groups of the South is all over this song. It might be a New Song, but it has all the trappings of good old gospel quartet music.

The influence of R&B is obvious on “Not My Imagination.” Several groups have ’toyed’ with trying to incorporate some of The Temptations’ Just My Imagination into a gospel song. The Enforcers version comes closest to incorporating the words and arrangement and yet delivers a gospel message.

On “Fly Away” the guys deliver an upbeat arrangement to an often recorded song. The arrangement may be a little to upbeat for most services in which this song is often heard, but it will certainly cause you to hit the repeat button. This is followed with Have “A Little Church.” Unfortunately it is the shortest song on the project. It will leave you wanting to hear the guys sing this one in concert. About one minute 48 seconds into the song, you’ll hear some familiar blues and R&B strumming. This one will probably be the favorite at concerts.

The guys go a little country on “In The Water.” They go back to the R&B influence with “We Need Him.” Seventies’ R&B fans will quickly pickup on the arrangement. They closed the project by retuning to the solid traditional gospel arrangement with “Stay There.”

Get on board quartet fans with The Enforcers. The guys deserve your attention. Listen to the entire CD during the new music broadcast at Gloryland Gospel Quartet Radio.