Legendary Gospel Hall of Fame inductee and multiple Grammy-nominated singer/composer/and arranger, Richard Smallwood tops the Gospel Albums chart this week with the debut of his 15th album ANTHOLOGY LIVE (RCA Inspiration) released on June 29.
“I’m elated that ANTHOLOGY has entered on the number one spot on the Billboard Top Gospel Chart,” said Richard Smallwood. “Personally, this project is the most important recording that I’ve done, so it adds more to the excitement that people are excited. I’m so appreciative of their support!”
Recorded in front of a full-capacity audience at Evangel Cathedral in Upper Marlboro, Maryland—the 2 disc CD features 21 powerful tracks backed by Smallwood’s 20-member ensemble Vision. Other guest appearances include renowned R&B singer, Angela Winbush and the esteemed Dottie Jones from The Smallwood Singers.
ANTHOLOGY LIVE is a brilliant collection of 11 new songs and 3 medleys, including the fan favorite “Same God,” with interludes that capture the inspiration and journey of Richard Smallwood’s 40 year career. Performed with his longtime choir Vision, the new project celebrates the legendary musician’s past and confirms his mainstay in gospel music.
“Along with my Vision family and guests who have been a major part of my history, it is our hope that people who listen will not only be encouraged and inspired to marvel and remember from where God has brought them, but to press victoriously through whatever obstacles they may encounter,” says Smallwood.
Richard Smallwood with Vision “Anthology Live” Retail Links
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http://smarturl.it/AnthologyLive-A (Amazon Digital)
http://smarturl.it/AnthologyLive-B (Best Buy)
About Richard Smallwood Richard Smallwood is a legend in his own time. After four decades as one of the most popular inspirational artists in the music business, with classic tunes such as “Total Praise;” “Center of My Joy;” and “I Love the Lord” to his credit, the Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and pianist continues to enjoy widespread popularity and influence. His songs have been recorded by Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child, Kelly Price, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, and a who’s who of the gospel world. Over his successful career, Smallwood has received an abundance of awards and citations including Stellar and Dove Awards and a Grammy Award for his production on the Quincy Jones Gospel project, Handel’s Soulful Messiah. Smallwood’s message and music has touched the lives of presidents and dignitaries all over the globe. He’s performed at the Smithsonian Institution, Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, and the White House, where he accompanied legendary opera singer Leontyne Price. Richard Smallwood earned his Masters of Divinity at Howard University’s prestigious School of Divinity in 2004, graduating with honors and serves as a minister and Artist-in-Residence at his home church, Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington.
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