- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
Recently, some of the leading ladies in gospel music came together for a power-packed live CD recording at the Temple of Deliverance COGIC, the historic Memphis church founded by the late Bishop G.E. Patterson as Bountiful Blessings Church in 1975.
Aside from being a superior preacher, Bishop Patterson was also known for his spirited traditional gospel recordings of standards such as "My Record Will Be There" and "Inside the Gate." His successor, Superintendent Milton R. Hawkins, is carrying on the musical legacy by partnering with Habakkuk Music to release a new CD entitled, "Pastor Milton R. Hawkins Presents Live In The Sanctuary." The CD features the church's 200-plus voice Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ Women's Choir.
The twelve song CD hits stores on Nov. 5th, with the album available at a discounted price of $7.99 on iTunes pre-order prior to the release date.
The set was produced by noted musician/ composer Derrick Starks and features the choir performing with soloists such as Grammy Award winner Karen Clark Sheard (performing "Breakthrough"), Tamela Mann (performing "Have Thine Own Way") and veteran vocalist Lisa Page Brooks (performing "Keep Me All the Way").
The first radio single "Everybody Praise" has been blazing gospel play lists all summer long. A Memphis church fixture, Carla Tolbert Taylor, leads the rousing hand clapper. Her father was a singer prior to becoming deaf and it's been Taylor's mission to vicariously carry out his singing aspirations through her career.
By supporting the CD project, fans are also supporting Temple of Deliverance's on-going charitable donations. Over the last few years, the organization has donated over $75,000 to cancer research and various global relief efforts.
(Visit www.habakkukmusic.com for more information.)