I recently attended the release party for a new project produced by Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) at Park Tavern here in Atlanta. BMI a global leader in music rights management, in partnership with Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), released the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013, which was recorded live on January 18 at the 14th annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon in Nashville.
The invitation-only album release party featured several wonderful live performances. Anaysha Figueroa, performed “Holy One” while Jason and Jonathan Nelson sung “I Need Your Spirit (Fall Fresh On Me) and got the entire crowd on their feet. Another highlight of the evening came from Lisa Knowles who sung beautifully “Oh My Soul Loves Jesus” which moved the audience.
Pictured at the event are recording artists Jonathan Nelson, Anaysha Figueroa, Lisa Knowles, Isaac Carree, and Pastor Jason Nelson.-Photo BMI photography.
The release of the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 CD marks the first-ever recording from the performing rights organization.
“Releasing a live recording of the performances from the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon allows a wider audience to experience our salute to the legends of gospel music,” said Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President and Executive Producer of the album. “This project pairs some of the brightest stars in gospel music with iconic songs written and performed by trailblazers of the genre.”
“eOne Music is proud to partner with BMI to release a monumental project that captures so many award-winning and beloved artists on one album,” said Phil Thornton, eOne Music Vice President of Marketing & New Business Development. “From the pairings of award-winning icons Pastor Shirley Caesar and Bishop Paul Morton, to the sounds of Donald Lawrence & Company, this one-of-a-kind album is filled with legendary performances and the distinctive voices that they are known for, which continue to inspire and command gospel today.”
The project also features several of today's top gospel artist including; Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans, Kierra Sheard, Le'Andria Johnson and others who paid tribute to some of gospel music's legends such as Edwin and Tramaine Hawkins and Kurt Carr.
Produced by music director Joe “Flip” Wilson and songwriter Donald Lawrence - with BMI’s Catherine Brewton and BMI Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations Wardell Malloy serving as executive producers - the album captures the essence of the Trailblazers Luncheon. The annual fete, which is part industry celebration and part awe-inspiring worship service, attracts gospel music’s premier songwriters, brightest stars and leading industry executives.