*Music World Gospel/Son Flower Records will release Juanita Bynum’s new EP, “The Diary of Juanita Bynum: Soul Cry (Oh, Oh, Oh),” on June 22, the label announced.

The CD is the first of a trilogy that will culminate in the January 2001 release of CD/DVD, “The Diary of Juanita Bynum II.”

The title track, Bynum says, “was not a song that was written with pad and pen.”

“The night it came out of me, it poured from my soul during one of the worst seasons of my life,” she states. “Being overwhelmed beyond tears, I laid my face on the counter and began to sing. Every word, every line flowed uninterrupted as to assure me it was an expression from the souls of many around the world. This song voices the true sentiments of those who can relate to a soul’s cry-a pain that no human hands can heal and a cry that is rooted from a hurt unimaginable to the human life. The only sound I could get out of my mouth in that season was ‘Oh, Oh, Oh, hear my cry Oh Lord!'”

The EP is produced by Washington, a new producer signed to the label’s parent company, Music World Entertainment. The CD is executive produced by Mathew Knowles.

“The Diary of Juanita Bynum: Soul Cry (Oh, Oh, Oh),” will include the song’s main version, an instrumental, an instrumental with recitation and an extended version. Initially, the EP will be sold at Wal-Mart for one month, Christian retail outlets and J&R Music World in New York City, followed by a wide release at major retail stores across the country. The EP will also be available at all digital outlets.

Bynum is set to appear at the Essence Music Festival on Friday, July 2 and is scheduled to perform on Sunday, July 4 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

The artist will also appear at the Wal-Mart booth on Friday, July 2, to autograph copies of her new project. On Saturday, July 3, she will be at the Music World/House of Deréon booth for a CD signing and meet-and-greet.

For more information on Juanita Bynum, please visit www.juanitabynum.com