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Robert E. Person and Gospel legend Richard Smallwood collaborate on classic song

Robert E. Person has just announced a new album, Classic Covers. The first single from the album, “I Give You Praise”, is an original composition by legendary pianist and songwriter Richard Smallwood (“Total Praise,” “Center of My Joy” and “I Love the Lord”) and the two have joined forces on the song. Richard Smallwood’s repertoire was a significant part of Person’s young life and now the Washingtonians unite on this classic gospel song first released on Smallwood’s Portrait album in 1989 (Word Entertainment).Robert E. Person collborates with Richard Smallwood on classic

“I released ‘I Give You Praise’ over 28 years ago and wrote it almost 40 years ago. It is one of my favorite songs and it feels great to teach, record and release it again,” Smallwood shares. “To mentor and collaborate with the younger generation of singers and musicians like Robert is important because our gifts are not our own, they are God given. We have a responsibility to reach back and sow into the next generation.”

With each performance or album Robert E. Person takes his artistic gift to a higher realm of creativity and excellence. Whether through weekly cantor duties at his church, special appearances at venues like Hard Rock Café, singing background for pop music star Josh Groban or ministering in song for The Pope during his U.S. Papal visit, Robert E. Person continues to brand and prove himself to be one of the nation’s premier Gospel, Jazz and Classically skilled vocalists.

Sarah Hearn
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Sarah Hearn is Editor-in-Chief of, founded in 2011. The site was recently named among Feedspot's Top Gospel and Christian Music Websites.  Sarah is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Gospel Music Association.
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