Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), in partnership with Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), is set to release BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 on October 22.
Recorded live on January 18 at the 14th annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon in Nashville, the album features performances from Pastor Shirley Caesar, Le’Andria Johnson, Donald Lawrence & Company, Yolanda Adams, Kierra Sheard and many more.
Each performer – including Anaysha Figueroa whose interpretation of “Holy One” leads the release of the album – delivered a rousing tribute to gospel leaders Edwin Hawkins, Lady Tramaine Hawkins and Kurt Carr, who were honored at the fete. The album can be pre-ordered now at iTunes and Amazon.
The release of the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 album marks the first-ever recording from the performing rights organization. This new initiative is a milestone among performing rights organizations and signals BMI’s continued dynamic growth.
In celebration of the accomplishment, BMI will host an invitation-only album release party with performances by Anaysha Figueroa, Jason Nelson, Jonathan Nelson and Lisa Knowles on October 22 in Atlanta.
“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, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, and Executive Producer of the album.
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.
BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 track listing:
- “In The Sanctuary” – Donald Lawrence & Company
- “I Need Your Spirit (Fall Fresh On Me)” – Jason Nelson and Jonathan Nelson
- “Holy One” – Anaysha Figueroa featuring CeCe Winans
- He Brought Me” – Yolanda Adams featuring CeCe Winans
- “I Almost Let Go” – Sheri Jones-Moffett
- “Oh Happy Day” – Pastor Shirley Caesar & Bishop Paul Morton
- “Changed” – Le’Andria Johnson
- “Oh My Soul Loves Jesus” – Lisa Knowles
- “For Every Mountain” – Amber Bullock
- “This Day” – Kierra Sheard
BMI’s impressive roster of gospel songwriters includes Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Jessica Reedy, Marvin Sapp, Twinkie Clark, BeBe Winans, Israel Houghton, Kim Burrell and many more.
To read more about the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 album and our gospel music leaders, visit http://www.bmi.com/genres/gospel