Legendary vocalist Keith Staten has found a new music home. Luther “Mano” Hanes, president of Riverphlo Entertainment announced today that Staten has signed with Riverphlo. Staten will release a new project this fall, his first in 15 years.
“This is a great day for our Riverphlo team,” said Riverphlo President, Mano Hanes. “Keith Staten is not only one of gospel’s most distinguished voices but is a true worshiper. As one of my biggest influences, Keith helped shape the sound and legacy of the great gospel group Commissioned. I am truly humbled and honored to help shape his solo career.”
The Detroit-born singer is known to many as as the co-founder and lead singer of Commissioned. A church boy who grew up singing in his father’s church, Staten had the opportunity to reunite with Commissioned in 2002 during the Commissioned Reunion event and nationwide tour.
About his return Staten said, “This album has been in the making for over the course of 10 years and is a result of what God has been establishing in me through those years. I believe that this is not only great timing for the release of the album, but also God’s timing.”
With his soaring tenor vocals and an unerring ability to fuse contemporary gospel, traditional hymns and soulful urban R&B sensibilities, combined with ministering the word of God; Staten’s divine purpose is ‘to stir passion for the presence of God!’ Staten believes that his main calling is to encourage believers.
This album will be Staten’s first studio recording in over 15 years and will be released 2013 4th quarter. The yet untitled project will feature new music that will fuse his well-known vocal style with contemporary gospel and R&B sounds.
Although away from the music scene, Staten has remained in full time ministry singing and traveling the country. He has also lent his talents to various projects with Israel Houghton and Donald Lawrence.
Riverphlo Entertainment is an LA based full service entertainment company and record label that creates, produces and promotes music that spans all genres. Riverphlo Entertainment employs innovative strategies for an evolving music industry. The label has plans to announce additional important signings adding to the current Riverphlo Entertainment roster that includes Andrae Crouch, Vonnie Lopez, Leon Timbo, The Rock Worship and others.