Reality check. At times, the music business can be competitive, cutthroat and downright cruel. Unfortunately, even the gospel music industry is not exempt from that reality. That’s why it’s so refreshing to hear of a band of brothers coming together for a purpose bigger than their own pursuits, reputations and career goals.

Last year, Fred Hammond announced he would be joining forces with solo artists Dave HollisterEric Roberson, and Brian Courtney Wilson to form a super-group of sorts for the release of an album referred to as the United Tenors project.

Now, after months of social media snippets and samples to whet our musical appetites, the United Tenors album finally hits stores March 26. It’s a masterpiece of contemporary/urban gospel infused with strong and pervasive elements of funk, soul and jazz. But the album’s significance is in more than just the songs. In a powerful way, the project speaks to the strength of brotherhood and the importance of unity.

The Players

Without question, each of the artists that comprise the United Tenors is successful in his own right. Dave Hollister, a former member of the popular R&B guy group Blackstreet, has gone on to record several noteworthy solo albums both in mainstream and gospel music. Eric Roberson has amassed an incredible following in the underground soul music scene, proving the power of an independent to win simply with a great voice and great music. Brian Courtney Wilson, a member of the newer school of gospel artists, is an old-school-vibed gospel crooner whose hit singles “All I Need,” “Already Here,” and “So Proud” solidified his place in radio and sales. And, at the helm of it all, sits one of the most celebrated pillars of contemporary gospel music, Fred Hammond.

For decades, many in the gospel music community have modeled their sound and approach after what Hammond has offered. The singer, songwriter, musician and producer has mastered multiple forms of artistry – as a founder of the legendary gospel male group Commissioned, as the pioneer of contemporary praise & worship in the African-American church with his ensemble Radical For Christ, and as an in-demand solo artist for the past decade or so. Hammond seems divinely equipped for this new challenge.

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