Month: January 2022

IMG Artists Presents Multi-Talented Bandleader Damien Sneed in A Tribute to Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul featuring Valerie Simpson and Karen Clark Sheard

IMG Artists Presents Multi-Talented Bandleader Damien Sneed in A Tribute to Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul featuring Valerie Simpson and Karen Clark Sheard
Damien Sneed, the multi-genre composer, bandleader, musician and vocalist, announces a brand-new multi-media touring show for 2022, titled A Tribute to Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul. This dynamic presentation celebrating the amazing musical legacy of the late Ms. Franklin, arranged and musically directed by Sneed, will feature an accomplished cast of jazz, gospel, and soul musicians and vocalists. The North American tour kicks off Thursday, February 3, 2022, at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and concludes on Sunday, March 20, 2022, at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College in Flushing, NY.
The production will feature Sneed on piano and vocals, along with two very special guests: Pop/R&B singer-songwriter Valerie Simpson, a Grammy Trustee Award and Songwriters Hall of Fame honoree; and Karen Clark Sheard, four-time Grammy and multiple Stellar and Dove Award-winning gospel vocalist and songwriter. Sneed has previously served as musical director for both legendary artists, who were thrilled to join him in this tribute.
With a career spanning several generations and a multitude of genres, Aretha Franklin earned her title, “The Queen of Soul.” Beloved by musicians and listeners alike, Aretha is recognized as one the most successful female recording artists in history. Aretha Franklin continued to perform well into the later years of her illustrious life. During this time, musician, vocalist, and composer Damien Sneed toured with Ms. Franklin, developing a strong mentee relationship with the soul legend. In Tribute to Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul, Sneed will pay homage to the monarch herself with fresh renditions of her most cherished hits, including “How I Got Over,” “Respect,” “Say A Little Prayer,” and others.
Aretha Franklin was a giant of popular music and a global cultural icon. One of the best-selling musical artists of all time, with more than 75 million records sold worldwide, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” created an amazing legacy of more than six decades. She had sung before heads of state and foreign royals and gained admiration from fans, colleagues, and fellow artists across all genres. She is known all over the world simply by her first name: Aretha.
Her vocal mastery and artistic excellence have been recognized numerous times throughout her distinguished career. Twice voted as the number one Greatest Singer of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine, and her signature hit “Respect” was also named by Rolling Stone as the number one Song of All Time. Franklin is the recipient of the U.S.A.’s highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal of Freedom; she is also an 18-time Grammy Award winner and a recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement and a Grammy Living Legend honor. Aretha was the youngest individual ever to receive the coveted Kennedy Center Honor; the first female inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; the second female inductee into the US Music Hall of Fame; and an inductee into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. In 2019, Franklin was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation Prize for her contribution to American music and culture. That same year, Franklin’s family was posthumously presented with The Aretha Franklin ICON Award by the Stellar Gospel Music Award, which is now awarded annually to a Gospel music legend.
Aretha has been proclaimed internationally as “the voice of the civil rights movement, the voice of Black America,” and a “symbol of Black equality.” In 1968, her spiritually uplifting voice was heard around the world singing at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and in 1972 at the funeral of the Queen of Gospel Mahalia Jackson. Aretha’s acclaimed voice was declared a “natural resource of the state” in 1985 by the Department of Natural Resources of the State of Michigan. Aretha would later reach a milestone in her historic career by singing at the first inauguration of President Barack Obama.
“The tour was inspired just by thinking of something that I could do to honor the Queen of Soul, who was a great musician, a great singer, and a true icon,” says Sneed, who played with Franklin during her final performance at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation fundraising gala on November 7, 2017, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Sneed recalls some of her best advice, including “not to be discouraged by the things that I may be going through because there’s always someone going through more.” Sneed adds that as a creative artist, Franklin was “one of a kind, a monogene.”
Also joining Sneed on tour will be featured vocalists Chenee Campbell, Markita Knight, Anitra Raquel McKinney, and Alicia Peters-Jordan, all of whom have performed with Sneed in numerous tours. The band will feature Alfred Rutherford on Hammond B3 organ and keys, Ronald “CJay” Alexander on bass guitar, Nathaniel “Nat” Townsley on drums, and Gabriel Michael Carter on aux keys.
In February, Simpson will kick off the tour with Sneed as a special guest at The Parker Playhouse in Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Thursday, February 3); and continues to South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay, FL (Saturday, February 5); the Opelika Center for the Performing Arts in Opelika, AL (Monday, February 7); and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, FL (Wednesday, February 9).
Clark Sheard will then join Sneed for two days: at The Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, FL (Friday, February 11); and Florida State University, Ruby Diamond Concert Hall in Tallahassee, FL (Saturday, February 12).
Simpson will rejoin the tour at Gettysburg College, Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, PA (Wednesday, February 16); followed by James Madison University, The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts in Harrisonburg, VA (Thursday, February 17); Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts in Storrs, CT (Saturday, February 19); Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY (Sunday, February 20); St. Johnsburg Academy, Fuller Hall in St. Johnsbury, VT (Monday, February 21); Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA (Friday, February 25); TELUS Centre, Koerner Hall in Toronto, ON Canada (Saturday, February 26); Christopher Cohan Center in San Luis Obispo, CA (Wednesday, March 2); Poway Center for the Performing Arts in Poway, CA (Friday, March 4); and Simpson will conclude her last performance at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, CA (Sunday, March 6).
On Tuesday, March 8, Clark Sheard will rejoin the tour at Eppley Auditorium in Culver, IN, and continue to Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA (Thursday, March 10); Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire, WI (Friday, March 11); Marcus Performing Arts Center, Uihlein Hall in Milwaukee, WI (Saturday, March 12); Governors State University, Center for Performing Arts in University Park, IL (Sunday, March 13); Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC (Tuesday, March 15); Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morriston, NJ (Thursday, March 17); Kimmel Cultural Campus, Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, PA (Friday, March 18); McCarter Theatre at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ (Sunday, March 19) and the tour concludes at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College in Flushing, NY (Sunday, March 20).
Sneed’s stage tribute to the Queen of Soul comes on the heels of his January 2022 tour, presenting Our Song, Our Story: The New Generation of Black Voices, highlighting some of the world’s most well-known operatic arias, art songs, and spirituals. The concert tour features Raehann Bryce-Davis and Brandie Inez Sutton, two of today’s most exciting operatic talents, accompanied by a string quartet and Damien Sneed on piano. Most recently, Sneed was commissioned by Alvin Ailey Dance Theater to create an original score for Testament, a contemporary response to the 60th Anniversary of Revelations, for the dance company’s first virtual season, which premiered December 17, 2020. He was also recently commissioned by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to compose a chamber opera, The Tongue & The Lash, with libretto by Karen Chilton, imagining a post-debate conversation between James Baldwin and William Buckley which premiered on June 10, 2021.

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Watch SAN FRANKLIN’S Performance Music Video Of “I Choose Free” Extended Version

Watch SAN FRANKLIN’S Performance Music Video Of “I Choose Free” Extended Version

Singer, songwriter, and pastor San Franklin has shared her extraordinary talent, trials and triumphs in life, and her anointed ministry through her debut album THE FREE PROJECT.  The album is transparent, compelling, and is a genius musical work.  

Released by Enon Music Group, THE FREE PROJECT is a deluxe version boasting 15 churchy, jazzy, and vocally soaring tracks.  Her single “I Choose Free” embodies the ambition of the album – to inspire and lead people to freedom and liberty.  

“I Choose Free” has garnered impressive Gospel radio airplay.  San released the visual lyric video for “I Choose Free” earlier this year and now has a dynamic performance music video to share with her fans and followers.  

San’s performance music video allows viewers to fully engaged in her powerful music ministry.  Beyond her incredible vocal performance that is consistently solid, San ministers the heart of the song in her own truth of choosing to be free. 

 ELHE Creative is the producer of the video, and the single is written by San, John Matthew Clark, and Forest Walker. The single and album are available on all digital outlets.  CD’s can be ordered at EnonMusic.com or purchased at Christian book stores across the country via New Day Distribution.

With every opportunity, San Franklin impacts people and culture by shifting atmospheres and helping people find freedom through Christ.  You can experience her impact and heart through THE FREE PROJECT.  

 

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KARIMA Dominates Gospel Radio Charts with REDEEMER

KARIMA Dominates Gospel Radio Charts with REDEEMER

Celebrated vocalist KARIMA soars high claiming the Number 1 spot on several Gospel radio charts. The beautiful worship ballad KARIMA’s first-ever Number 1 song, “Redeemer” is #1 on the Gospel Airplay Chart, is the greatest gainer on that chart, and is #1 on the Mediabase Gospel chart.

“Just when you think it’s over it’s literally just the beginning. After being in the music industry for 25 years, I hoped and may have even dreamed of being in this position,” said KARIMA. “While I was contemplating giving up on music, God was waiting on me to recognize His ultimate plan for this season of my life… the plan was just to believe in myself and KEEP GOING no matter what that looked like to others or felt like to myself.”

She went on to say “I’ve learned in this process that His ‘no’ is even good. His ‘no’ doesn’t always mean things are permanently not going to happen. His ‘no’ in my situation simply meant not right now. Patience and perseverance was key. He’s a promise keeper and a restorer of all things good. Wow God.”

This rare feat adds to DARE Records’ latest string of hits marking the label’s third consecutive Billboard Number 1 song. Juan and Lisa Winans; “It Belongs To Me,” and “Jesus Will Fix It (Trouble In My Way)” from Shontelle Norman-Beatty both peaked at Number 1 last year.

Michael-Anthony “Mooki” Taylor, DARE Records CEO & Chairman, said, “so many wonderful pieces to this exciting story!” “Tara Griggs-Magee (Dare Records label president) signed Karima and her sisters in Virtue to Verity Records over 20 years ago. While I did a remix on ‘He’s Been Good’ in 2002. I also was writing and recording with Nicole C. Mullen for Carman in 1994.”

Taylor went on to explain the full circle moment “I signed Karima to DARE Records in 2020 the same week Juan and Lisa Winans’ ‘It Belongs To Me’ (feat. Marvin L. Winans) went #1 and we released the ‘Redeemer’ remake in 2021. Shontelle Norman-Beatty went #1 in September 2021. And HERE-WE-ARE. THREEPEAT! Like the 90’s Bulls!”

Best known for her musical success as co-founder and member of the enormously successful Gospel/Christian trio Virtue, KARIMA signed with DARE Records in 2021. While achieving success on the music front, KARIMA elevates her brand and business enterprises. In addition to the launch of THE SOUP CHIC, an online delivery service of homemade soup, KARIMA plans to launch a women’s athleisure brand called The KARIMA Brand. The fashion line will feature pieces for the on-the-go woman to go from the Yoga studio to the recording studio.

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Shekinah Glory Ministry Hooks Up with Grammy Winning DJ For House Remix

Shekinah Glory Ministry Hooks Up with Grammy Winning DJ For House Remix

As they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their first album release, the platinum selling Chicago-based gospel music ensemble, Shekinah Glory Ministry (SGM), is dropping fresh content (new music, a possible stage production, and a documentary film) throughout 2022. The first offering teams them with  Grammy® Award winning House Music pioneer, DJ Maurice Joshua (Beyoncé, Pink, Mariah Carey), for a resounding new remix of “Reign Jesus” from the group’s debut album.

Joshua dusts off the calypso-styled singalong, “Reign Jesus,” from SGM’s 2001 debut album, Praise is What I Do. He transforms it into  a brisk, feel-good dance track emphasizing congas, keys, and bass. The robust choir of SGM voices provide a sturdy cushion on which lay the sweet opening leads of veteran SGM member, Sherree Lee. Then, guest soloist and the song’s composer Cedric Ford’s  raspy vocals take over, exalting the Most-High while also inciting the listener to, “clap your hands everybody, everybody just clap your hands, lift up the name of Jesus.”

Reign Jesus” is the first of other planned remixes of Shekinah Glory Ministry classics. Parent church Valley Kingdom’s new pastor, Ray Bady, a veteran session drummer for the likes of Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin, will supervise production on Shekinah Glory Ministry’s first new album since 2012’s Surrender.  They hope to release that musical project and a documentary film on Shekinah Glory Ministry’s journey and legacy in the fourth quarter of 2022.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu Passes Away at 90

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Passes Away at 90

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, a towering figure who helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa, has passed away in Cape Town. He was 90.

“The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement early Sunday.

“Desmond Tutu was a patriot without equal; a leader of principle and pragmatism who gave meaning to the biblical insight that faith without works is dead.”

The passionate advocate for freedom headed the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the 1990s, a grueling inquiry that investigated crimes during the apartheid era. It was widely seen as a crucial healing step during South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy. The TRC became a model for similar commissions in other parts of the continent.

Tutu was also the first Black bishop of Johannesburg and later became the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town. He was known for working tirelessly for racial justice and LBGTQ rights.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called Tutu “a towering global figure for peace & justice.”

Former President Obama described him as “a moral compass” and “universal spirit.”

Tutu, an Anglican clergyman, used the pulpit to preach and galvanize public opinion against the injustice faced by South Africa’s Black majority.

Tutu, the first Black bishop of Johannesburg and later the first Black archbishop of Cape Town, was a vocal activist for racial justice and LGBTQ rights not just in South Africa but around the world.

In 1990, after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela spent his first night of freedom at Tutu’s residence in Cape Town.

After the fall of the apartheid regime, with Mandela leading the country as its first Black president, Tutu headed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which laid bare the terrible truths of white rule.

“His contributions to struggles against injustice, locally and globally, are matched only by the depth of his thinking about the making of liberatory futures for human societies,” the Nelson Mandela Foundation said in a statement.

Tutu’s legacy surpasses borders and “will echo throughout the ages,” U.S. President Joe Biden said in a statement Sunday.

“We were blessed to spend time with him on several occasions over the past many years,” Biden said on behalf of himself and his wife, Jill. “His courage and moral clarity helped inspire our commitment to change American policy toward the repressive Apartheid regime in South Africa.”

Biden was outspoken about apartheid when he traveled to the country as a senator in 1976, when he said he refused to be separated from his Black colleagues.

Tutu also campaigned internationally for human rights, especially LGBTQ rights and same-sex marriage.

“I would not worship a God who is homophobic,” he said in 2013, launching a campaign for LGBTQ rights in Cape Town. “I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say, ‘Sorry, I would much rather go to the other place.’”

Tutu said he was “as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid. For me, it is at the same level.” He was one of the most prominent religious leaders to advocate LGBTQ rights — a stance that put him at odds with many in South Africa and across the continent as well as within the Anglican church.

A seven-day mourning period is planned in Cape Town before Tutu’s burial, including a two-day lying in state, an ecumenical service and an Anglican requiem mass at St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town. The southern city’s landmark Table Mountain will be lit up in purple, the color of the robes Tutu wore as archbishop.

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Allow Them To Reintroduce Themselves, Their Name Is Shelby 5 – New Single “Boom” Features Multiple Grammy® Winning Artist Lecrae

Allow Them To Reintroduce Themselves, Their Name Is Shelby 5 – New Single “Boom” Features Multiple Grammy®  Winning Artist Lecrae

Hailing from the one of the most musical cities on the planet, Detroit – Don, Courtney, Drea, Trent and Amber are professionally known as Shelby 5.

The family group first came to notoriety on the Oxygen network’s hit reality series, Preachers of Detroit, where their father Don Shelby, Jr., was one of the principal cast members.

At the top of 2021, Shelby 5 was apart of the Grammy® nominated song “Come Together,” written by multi-platinum songwriter and producer, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. Jerkins was so impressed with their vocal prowess, that he signed the group to his Lifestyle Music Group label.

Shelby 5 is a group of amazing young people who vow to deliver an inspirational, yet versatile sound to gospel music, which is evident on their upcoming single, BOOM, which features Hip Hop legend Lecrae. The song was written and produced solely by Shelby 5 and is most certainly a sound that is needed in today’s gospel music landscape.

“Boom was birthed in one of our lowest moments. Living life putting our career in the hands of people never worked. Now we understand that when GOD puts his hand on something it can’t be stopped. He made me a believer,” says Trent Shelby.

The track begins like a ballad with just an organ as the backdrop, and boasts the lyrics: Let me brag on Jesus, tell you just what he did. Came and died just so I could live. I heard you ask a question, the reason I sing he heard my cry and delivered me. He made a believer out of me. Nobody but Jesus, I’m a believer. And then BOOM, just like that the track heats up with the infusion of heavy beats and that 808!

BOOM will be available on all digital outlets on Friday, December 31, 2021.

ABOUT SHELBY 5

Hailing from the city of the “Motown” sound, Detroit, Michigan, Shelby 5 are a dynamic versatile group that provides a blend of pop and urban-infused worship through soul-stirring melodies. Signed & celebrated by GRAMMY award-winning producer, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins to his Lifestyle Music Group, the close-knit siblings promote unity by delivering inspirational messages that crosses age, race, cultural, and religious barriers. They have moved audiences across the U.S., participated in the hit television show, “Preachers of Detroit,” and provided a moving performance at the 2015 Annual Stellar Awards. Shelby 5 brings a new and fresh perspective to Gospel Music.

Don is a key musician who is at the heart of the group as a writer and producer. His passion for piano launched at the tender age of two.

Courtney is the group’s spokesperson and a talented violinist whose vocals provide a smooth and brassy tone.

Drea is a very versatile and anointed soprano whose angelic voice penetrates the heart of anyone who listens.

Trent has an electric personality that will light up the stage and brings a contagious energy to Shelby 5’s performances.

Amber is the youngest member of the group and tops off the group’s tight harmony with a perfect blend of youthful virtuosity.

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Pastor Mike Jr. Goes “Big” with ‘The McClure Family Christmas Special’ Airing Christmas Morning on Birmingham MY 68 and Online!

Pastor Mike Jr. Goes “Big” with ‘The McClure Family Christmas Special’ Airing Christmas Morning on Birmingham MY 68 and Online!

Stellar Awards 2021 “Artist of the Year”, Billboard chart topper, and the only gospel artist to score a slot on Billboards “Top 50 Adult R&B Year End Chart”, Pastor Mike Jr. Goes “Big” with ‘The McClure Family Christmas Special’ Airing Christmas Morning on Birmingham MY 68 and Online! first appeared on uGospel.com.

STAND UP” BY DAMON LITTLE IS #1 ON BILLBOARD GOSPEL AIRPLAY

STAND UP” BY DAMON LITTLE IS #1 ON BILLBOARD GOSPEL AIRPLAY

GRAMMY Award winner, songwriter, soul singer, and activist Damon Little current radio single “Stand Up” hits #1 on Billboard Gospel AirPlay chart this week. Powered by radio promotions firm By Any Means Necessary the emotionally charged song spends 44 weeks in the Top 30 making it the longest running radio single in 2021 on Billboards Gospel AirPlay chart. Additionally, “Stand Up” lands at #8 on the Year-End 2021 Gospel AirPlay chart and Little ranks #10 on the Year-End 2021 Gospel AirPlay Artists chart.

On October 19, 2021, the Baltimore native premiered his long-awaited seven-and-a-half-minute-long concept music video for “Stand Up.” The powerful imagery comprising the music video for “Stand Up” presses classical Civil Rights Movement concepts and themes including one of the most famous sites in Civil Rights history: the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where, in March 1965, peaceful protesters were attacked by police engaged in the enforcement of segregation. Half a century later, Little takes to the Bridge with a group of marchers and throws a celebration of his own — and reminds us all of how far we still have to go. He’s also provided us with plenty of footage of Selma, including nighttime shots of the disused Washington Street Supermarket, the imposing Dallas County Courthouse, and the moving plaques in the Civil Rights Memorial Park. When Little stands up before a judge and defends a client beaten by the cops, his call for justice echoes across the entire storied city.

“Stand Up” is a call for unity, equality, and compassion — a firm and friendly handshake offered to humanity on behalf of God. Little has always put advocacy at the heart of his project: he’s consistently spoken out on behalf of civil rights and universal brotherhood, and he’s raised consciousness and promoted education about ostomies, a medical condition that affects half a million Americans. The new song follows the artist’s extraordinary run of gospel hits, which include the defiant “I Won’t Be Defeated,” the prayerful “Because Of You,” the heartfelt “Be Alright,” and many others. Released on February 5 via Little World Music/Partners Music company, “Stand Up” is produced by Bubby Fann and Damon Little who’s also credited as the song’s sole songwriter.

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KIM PERSON’S ‘THE JOURNEY 2.0’ [EP] -TOP 50 ON 2021 YEAR-END TOP GOSPEL ALBUM CHART

KIM PERSON’S ‘THE JOURNEY 2.0’ [EP] -TOP 50 ON 2021 YEAR-END TOP GOSPEL ALBUM CHART

Two-time Stellar Award nominated powerhouse vocalist Kim Person current project The Journey 2.0 [EP] lands at the No. 49 position on Billboard 2021 Year-End Top Gospel Album chart. Released on October 21, 2021, the 5-song EP also celebrates 7 straight weeks on the Top 30 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Album chart and peaking at No. 7.

A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, The Journey 2.0 EP embraces the process of growth and acknowledges the voyage toward fully living a faith-led life. Featuring her latest single, “Wonderful,” which is produced by Phillip Bryant (Tasha Cobbs Leonard, JJ Hairston), Person invites listeners into a space, reminiscent of a warm hug at a family gathering. She credits the source of inspiration, her late grandmother, who used to sing a rendition of “Wonderful.” Infused with a new twist, Person provides her unmatched richness of tone to groovy-celebratory beat, blending the perfect arrangement to evangelize the gospel while connecting with the heart of the listeners, those who are truly seeking something wonderful.

Journey 2.0 EP is the follow-up to her May 2019 full-length album The Journey, which peaked at No. 2 on the Top Gospel Albums chart, No. 8 on the Top Gospel Consumption Album chart and spent over 25 weeks in the Top 20 on the same chart. In 2020, the project earned her two Stellar Gospel Music Award nominations for New Artist of the Year and Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year.

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Karima Enters Top 5 on the Billboard Gospel Airplay Chart with Hit Song “Redeemer”

Karima Enters Top 5 on the Billboard Gospel Airplay Chart with Hit Song “Redeemer”
KARIMA, celebrated vocalist and New Orleans native, marks her first solo Top 5 single this week with her DARE Records debut single “Redeemer.”
KARIMA bridges the gap between Gospel and CCM while sounding effortless on “Redeemer,” which has connected with audiences across the country and sits atop the Billboard Gospel Radio Airplay chart at Number 5.
Aaron Lindsey, a Grammy, Dove, and Stellar Award-winning artist, producer, composer, arranger, and musician, produced this beautiful rendition. KARIMA says choosing to record one of her favorites seemed a natural choice. “We needed something familiar and something that resonated with me.”
“I was in my car and felt the urge to listen to ‘Redeemer.’ I remember getting a phone call while in the car. It was my sister, Heather. I was humming ‘Redeemer,’ and she said, ‘now that’s a song you need to remake.’ It was confirmation because I was thinking the same thing. It’s always been a favorite of mine. “’Redeemer’ is such a comforting song that always gives me peace. I know God placed it on my heart because He had bigger plans.”
Best known for her musical success as co-founder and member of the enormously successful Gospel/Christian trio Virtue, KARIMA signed with Florida-based DARE Records earlier this year. She continues to elevate her artistry while displaying a distinctive signature all her own. Calling her style “a soulful surprise,” KARIMA added, “I love singing, and so I don’t feel like there’s anything that God gives me that I can’t use in any particular genre.”
KARIMA has new music slated for release in 2022 and is working on that while raising her 16-year-old daughter, Karly.

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