Entertainment One (eOne) has entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with Quiet Water Entertainment to produce and release the long-awaited, and highly anticipated Donald Lawrence 20th year in music projects. The announcement was made today, March 6.
This two-CD event project with Lawrence’s Quiet Water Entertainment, and eOne Music will feature live recordings of beloved hits together with new music from the Grammy® Award-winning Gospel superstar, songwriter and producer, announced for eOne Music by James Robinson, President of Light Records. Blazing through musical boundaries across Gospel, R&B, and other genres since his early beginnings, Lawrence will set the stage for the anniversary album’s September release, with the release of the first single slated for May.
Says Lawrence, “2013 marks 20 unbelievable years in the music business since releasing my first album with the Tri-City Singers, and I could not be more excited to announce in celebrating this milestone, my production company, Quiet Water Entertainment, has signed a distribution deal with eOne Music for a project that I cannot wait to share with the world: "Donald Lawrence 20 Year Celebration Volumes I & II." I look forward to working with the eOne team as we bring to you music that tells the story of my last 20 years and showcases what is to come in the future.”
Adds James Robinson, President of Light Records: “Donald Lawrence continues to be one of those singular talents whose impact on music over the past 20 years has made him one of Gospel’s most exciting artists. Not only for his own artistry, but behind the scenes and across genres as a collaborator and in business as well, which is a vision we share here at eOne Music, with our roster of one-of-a-kind artists and working with him on past collaborations. It is a privilege to bring fans this special celebration and develop new music to come in our exclusive partnership with Quiet Water Entertainment.”
A hotly sought-after collaborator whose musical talents have brought a dynamic touch to songs with Mary J. Blige, Stephanie Mills, Ramsey Lewis, the legendary Clark Sisters and more – and fueled #1 hits such as “The Blessing of Abraham” and “Encourage Yourself,” leading the sensational Tri-City Singers – the 20-year milestone project reveals a remarkable journey for the prolific performer, composer and producer.
Over the course of his career, Lawrence has led the Tri-City Singers to become international sensations, recording numerous albums and smash tunes with them, releasing 3 hit solo albums, becoming an in-demand writer and producer for his deft ability crossing genres, and lending his sharp musical expertise to support rising artists, appearing on BET’s “Sunday Best” TV Gospel competition as a musical mentor for a year, and co-hosting Verizon’s How Sweet The Sound national gospel choir competition since its inception.
Building an unmatched catalog of work empowering the spirit, with faithful service and worship, Lawrence continues to influence and inspire fans worldwide and fellow artists in redefining the musical landscape and the power of music ministry for years to come. In creating the double-disc album, Lawrence will delight fans with a carefully-selected fresh set of songs, recording live some of his favorite songs he has written for many other artists over the years, and unveiling new songs inspired by the teachings of Dr. Bill Winston and Dr. Creflo Dollar, with special guests joining in "Donald Lawrence 20 Year Celebration Volumes I & II" to celebrate his 20 years in music.
As the #1 independent music brand in North America, eOne Music brings a specialty focus to nearly every music genre, that includes Gospel, R&B, contemporary Christian music, Americana and country, classical, rock/metal, and more, discovering new artists and producing top talent. Its award-winning diversity of artists includes the R&B label eOne Urban, which will release the Donald Lawrence 20 Year Celebration Volumes I & II album, and counts such hitmakers like Brian McKnight, Faith Evans, Ashanti, Keith Sweat, and Dwele among its roster.
Light Records, eOne’s Gospel label, includes consistent top-rated and #1 releases among its critically-acclaimed roster that carry a profound impact on Gospel, such as the Gospel icon Dorinda Clark-Cole, Bishop Paul S. Morton, James Fortune, Jessica Reedy, Michelle Williams (of Destiny’s Child), and the legendary Gospel Hall of Famer Shirley Caesar.