Grammy Award winning producer, composer and recording artist Donald Lawrence and his dynamic support ensemble, Co., return to retail shelves with a brilliant new CD entitled, YRM: Your Righteous Mind (Verity Gospel Music Group/ Quiet Water), on August 9, 2011. Over the last two decades, the innovative artist has dazzled audiences as the front man for the now retired Tri-City Singers while carrying on a solo career that has produced radio hits such as the #1 smash “Back II Eden” and “Healed.”

YRM’s first single, “Spiritual,” is currently #13 with a bullet on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart.  The bass heavy old school soul-styled groove is a fan favorite, which Lawrence performs to enthusiastic response on the upcoming season of BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel.

Among the collection’s other highlights are the upbeat mantra “YRM (Your Righteous Mind)” featuring Dorinda Clark Cole; the smooth “We Agree” with Israel Houghton; The “I Am” Factor sermonette by Zimbabwe’s charismatic Bishop Tudor Bismark; siblings Tobbi White Darks and Tommi White’s rousing makeover of Chaka Khan’s 1984 hit “Through The Fire,” and a spirited update of Lawrence’s mentor – the late Bishop Walter Hawkins’ – 1984 gem “When The Battle Is Over.” The set is a continuum of what Lawrence has been preaching for years.  “This project really doesn’t differ from my past ones,” he says. “I want to continue to teach, through song, spiritual principles and laws based on scriptures.”

Donald Lawrence began his career as a music director for R&B legend Stephanie Mills and vocal coach for En Vogue. Then, in the mid 1990s he made headlines as the leader of the Grammy-nominated Tri-City Singers choir that enjoyed a dozen radio hits such as “The Blessing of Abraham,” “The Best Is Yet To Come” and “Encourage Yourself.” In 2004, Lawrence launched a solo career that has included signature songs such as “Back II Eden” and “Healed.”

Since 2007, Lawrence has served as spokesman and host for Verizon Wireless’ How Sweet The Sound national gospel choir talent competition.

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