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Zacardi Cortez jams ‘1 On 1’ radio smash

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In 2012, Zacardi Cortez made a big splash with his best-selling debut CD "Zacardi Cortez: The Introduction" (Worldwide Music Inc.). The album peaked at #2 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart and earned him a Stellar Award nomination.

After a brief recording hiatus, Cortez is back in the studio and has recorded a soulful new song now playing on the gospel and urban AC radio airwaves. The piano ballad "1 on 1" was sent to radio programmers last week.

The song anchors the latest installment in the Gospel Mix CD series Worldwide Music, Inc. CEO Kerry Douglas. The new 30-track set, "Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix VI," releases August 20, 2013. It boasts tracks by Tamela Mann, Ruben Studdard, Ted Winn, James Fortune & FIYA, Bryan Wilson, Earnest Pugh, Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee and a host of up-and-coming artists.

"The song is about spending one on one time with God," says Cortez, a Houston native. "We all go through those times when we just have to put everything else aside – turn off the TV, put the video game down, stop taking phone calls – and just concentrate on our relationship.

"It can be your relationship with your girlfriend, your child or God," said Cortez. "We all need that one on one time with the ones we love to let them know that we do love them and that's the real message of the song."

The 27-year old Cortez began his career singing with his family, The Cortez Singers, and recording with his musical godfather, John P. Kee. He first gained notice as the lead on James Fortune & FIYA's 2008 breakthrough hit "The Blood" and their subsequent #1 smash, "I Believe."

Cortez is knnown for his intricate vocal gymnastics, fiery hoops and smooth tone. His rousing track "One More Time" (featuring John P. Kee) spent six months on the Billboard Top Ten Hot Gospel Songs chart.

(For more information, visit www.zacardicortez.com.)

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