Richard Smallwood is set to release his 15th CD, Promises, on July 19th of this year. This is the first CD since the passing of his beloved mother in 2005, who was his biggest fan and motivator. “I had not written a song since my mom died,” he says, “I thought the gift had dried up. I would try to write and nothing would come.”

Promises may very well be Smallwood’s most personal and intimate album yet.“I was watching CNN and was overwhelmed by the negativity I saw,” Smallwood says. “I began to think that regardless of what the media says, we as God’s children are heirs to the Kingdom and He has made us certain promises…then all of these songs began to come to me as dreams, sometimes four or five at a time and I could barely keep up with them. I knew that God was saying something that we all needed to hear.”

The first single “Trust Me,” is currently available at iTunes and Amazon. Promises also features “Is There Any Way?”, a song originally recorded on the late Bishop Walter Hawkins’ Love Alive III, Donald Lawrence on “Facts Are, Truth Is” and Lalah Hathaway (daughter of his ‘60s Howard University classmate Donny Hathaway) on “Praying for Peace.”

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