This is not just a Gospel concert,’ said Grammy Award winning Fred Hammond about his “Festival of Praise” 2016 Concert Tour.
It coincides with the release of his new album “Worship Journal Live” (RCA Inspiration) with a lineup that includes Hezekiah Walker, Israel Houghton, Regina Belle, Karen Clark Sheard, Casey J and comedian Earthquake.
Hammond’s attempt to reach a wider audience by combining music of seasoned iconic Gospel artists with a living legend R&B/Gospel artist and a Contemporary Gospel artist with a seasoned comedian is going to be like a cherry on a delicious looking cake. I’ve suggested mixing audiences to artists all the time when they’re trying to get a following because the idea makes since to me and Hammond has done it masterfully. I saw R&B group Dru Hill mix audiences with a Rock slant to one of their songs.
Fred’s new project, “Worship Journal Live,” was recorded in Houston and his “Festival of Praise” tour launched in October in Seattle, WA. I know why he calls it a “Festival” because what an experience it must be to attend the joining of such diverse talent. The album’s first single “Father Jesus Spirit” title invokes visions of the Holy Trinity and it’s one of twelve selections on the live album. This is Fred Hammond’s first live project in almost 20 years
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