*The Brooklyn based men’s Gospel group, Manifest, released its debut album, “Highest Praise.”
The collection of Gospel hits blends several genres onto one project with all original work. From traditional Gospel to Hip Hop, the group is a well-versed, flexible group of men that appeals to just about everyone.
The lyrics are equally compelling, telling stories of revelation, resurrection and redemption; expressing praise and adoration; breathing new life into biblical verses, and bringing the good news of God’s power and love to contemporary audiences.
You know it’s a hit because internationally acclaimed keyboardist, producer and songwriter, Shedrick Mitchell (Whitney Houston and Maxwell) produced the project. Other musicians featured on the album include Grammy Award-winning harmonica player, Gregoire Maret, guitarist Sherrod Barnes, saxophonist Kenneth Whalum III and several others.
The men of Manifest are Le Roy Davis, Josh Devine, Jonathan Hicks, Ian Jones, Derrick Marable, Daryl Patterson, Paul Quick, Colin Rodney, Augustus Sanders, Desmond Smith, Dante Smith-Cain, Andre Waring, Damon White, and Robert Wright. They represent a range of ages, careers, backgrounds and interests. Some members were born and raised in Brooklyn, while others hail from Missouri, Pennsylvania, Maine, Kansas, Nevada and New Jersey. The group includes a journalist, banker, educator, television and film producer, photographer, nurse, foster care counselor, private investigator, substance abuse counselor and students, among others. Many members of the group have been singing in church choirs or other professional choral groups since they were young children. Many of the group’s members began singing together as part of Men Voicing Praise, the men’s choral ensemble at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY, which was also led by Hicks. Their interests range from basketball, to slot cars, to landscaping, to acting, to gourmet cooking. What they share is a deep devotion and great enthusiasm for sharing the love of God through song. The brothers of Manifest seek to take their ministry not just to churches, but also to hospitals, shelters, prisons, festivals and celebrations.