Written By: Sheilah Belle
Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- Gospel industry superstar and television icon Bobby Jones has paved the way for countless artists and contributed to the worldwide growth of the Gospel music genre. Known as the endearing host of BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel - the longest running program in cable television history, Bobby Jones is also widely lauded for his work in film, theatre, radio, books and music. But now stepping into the role of artist once again, Jones is preparing for the release of his first major label CD in a decade, slated to hit stores, today, November 20, 2007.
During a CD release party recently, before close to a thousand, Bobby Jones, brought a number of his songs from his new CD, THE AMBASSADOR, to life. While it is a masterful assortment of songs of praise and thanksgiving, this CD, also has great beats for the young to step to and the young at heart to tap their feet to.
During a moment on stage, Dr. Jones said, “Not once, have I ever asked anyone for money, but tonight I am asking that you support me and purchase my new CD.”
The 10-song studio collection is pure celebration and a landmark for the artist. The project contains a clever mix of traditional, contemporary and urban gospel music delivered by award-winning hit makers including Victor and Cedric Caldwell; PAJAM (Paul “PDA” Allen, J Moss and Walter Kearney); Donald Lawrence and Teddy Riley. An exclusive one-on-one interview with Sheilah Belle aka "The Belle" and Dr. Jones also on the CD, provides a closer look into the life of Dr. Jones.
THE AMBASSADOR spans the gamut of Gospel sounds while still being cohesive and flaunting the legendary Bobby Jones’ own unique style.
Joining Jones and his six back up singers and live band on stage last night were, J Moss, Kim Burrell, Kim McFarland, Tony Williams, Lemmie Battle, Cliff Jones and Walter Rutledge. The president of The Word Network, Lewis Gibbs and Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Zomba Gospel Group, Jazzy Jordan both congratulated Jones on his latest CD accomplished and both encouraged the crowd to support his CD, after he has supported so many over the years.
Other special guests stopping through for the evening included Tara Griggs Magee, Al “The Bishop” Hobbs, Jeff Grant, Bryant Scott, Caroline Bell, Melvin Williams, Doug Williams, Johnny Sanders, Albertina Walker, Telisa Stinson, Cliff Jones, Humilitee, Trina Jeffries, Tammy Taylor and many others, including a few family members.
Kim Burrell and Dr. Jones
Sonnetta Joy Jones and Mrs. Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones has carved his legacy into the history of Gospel music. BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel, on the air since 1980, is the first and only nationally syndicated black Gospel television show. He also has TV programs on BET Gospel, The Word Network and The Gospel Channel. The pioneer has received countless awards and commendations including a GRAMMY Award, a Dove Award and three Stellar Awards, as well as a presidential commendation from President George W. Bush. He’s heard weekly on the Sheridan Gospel Network’s “The Bobby Jones Gospel Countdown” and he’s published two books, Touched By God and Make A Joyful Noise, My Twenty Five Years In Gospel Music. He’s also written numerous plays and has starred in motion pictures including the December 2007 release of “Dirty Laundry” with co-star Loretta Devine and Jennifer Lewis.