I haven't written a music review in quite a while but there is a project that has just come out that I had to write about it as soon as I heard it. I recently attended the release party for a new project produced by Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) at Park Tavern here in Atlanta. BMI is a global leader in music rights management and they partnered with Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) to released the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 CD.
The project 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.
This is the first ever recording from BMI and hopefully it won't be their last. Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 CD is packed full of wonderful tracks and moving tributes to legends in the Gospel industry. Today's top gospel artist including; Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans, Kierra Sheard, Le'Andria Johnson and others paid tribute to Edwin and Tramaine Hawkins and Kurt Carr at the event.
Other notable tracks on the project include "In the Sanctuary" performed by Donald Lawrence & Company, "Changed", performed by LeAndria Johnson and "For Every Mountain", by Amber Bullock. This is a CD worth having indeed.
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.