Social media influencer, dynamic singer and worship leader Cedric Ballard makes his Blacksmoke Music Worldwide debut with the release of the highly anticipated EP The Live Experience. No newcomer to the industry, Cedric has made powerful statements through his music, and has a full circle moment as he returns to the Blacksmoke label where he started his recording career with the group Damascus.
“What can you say about Cedric Ballard?”, says Blacksmoke Music Worldwide CEO Kerry Douglas. “Its amazing at how life is, I have watched Cedric grow and mature into a seasoned artist. Cedric is the true definition of a song stylist, he has a unique style and has a unique ability of blending the traditonal with the contemporary. This project is sure to touch people right where they are. We are happy to have him in the Blacksmoke family.”
The 6-song project captures the essence of Cedric Ballard in his most familiar setting. “I am privileged to stand before God’s people every week and help them to enter into the presence of God, it’s a real honor and I am grateful for the chance. What you get to hear on this album is pure and unbridled praise and worship that I hope touches the very heart of God and the hearts of all those who hear.”
Live opens with the infectious single Blessing Me. Ballard is quick to add that this song is validation that even during the difficulties that come in life, including a worldwide pandemic, God is still in the blessing business. Blessing Me is followed with the very poignant Hallelujah. “Hallelujah is the highest praise we can offer, and the song just ushers worshipers into the presence of the Lord. Oh Give Thanks is a song of celebration and I Belong To God gets people into their happy place. You are Healed is a poignant song that resonates with believers about the power of God to heal through the finished work of Jesus.
The Live Experience is the entryway into Cedric Ballard’s praise space and once you hear it, you too will never be the same again