*Acclaimed artist Regina Belle is getting ready to release her ninth album and second gospel project, “Higher.”
Available in stores on June 5, the album is now accessible online at various Internet stores for only $9.99.
“Higher,” which has already reached the Top 20 on the gospel radio charts, is a project that pulls on the heartstrings of listeners, sending them into a place of praise, joy, and thankfulness.
In 2009, following the release of her last album, “Love Forever Shines,” Belle was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which not only threatened her career, but her life. However, she made a full recovery and attributes this to God’s love and mercy, as well as her faith, which she had to remember to hold steadfastly to.
Appearances on the album include Pastor Shirley Caesar, Kathy Taylor, and Lowell Pye.
Belle hopes to convey a simple but powerful message. “I pray that each listener has an experience. My whole objective in doing this record is to bring people into the presence of God,” she says.
*Gospel star and Grand Rapids, Michigan pastor Marvin Sapp shared his feelings behind “I Win,” his latest album and a tribute to his late wife, in a studio interview that aired on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” says MLive.com.
NPR called Sapp “the biggest name in gospel today” as they discussed the changes in his life since his wife, MaLinda, died of cancer in 2010.
The past two years have been “very challenging,” Sapp told NPR’s Guy Raz. “Trying to learn new normals and trying to figure out who I am as 45-year-old man versus when I married her at 23.”
Sapp attributed the popularity of his biggest hit, “Never Would Have Made It,” to its universal message. “All of us have gone through ‘never would have made it’ moments,” Sapp said.
Sapp described some the pivotal moments of his life in Grand Rapids. Sapp met MaLinda in third grade. They began dating at age 23 and married at 25.
“The best way to honor someone who has passed is to live,” Sapp said.
*Marvin Sapp is doing it again with his highly anticipated new album and DVD, which landed him at the top of the Billboard charts.
Released last Tuesday, “I Win” debuted at no. 1 on the Gospel sales chart, and no. 9 on the Billboard Top-200. Additionally, the live recording DVD debuted at no. 2 on the Christian Music Video chart.
The first single, “My Testimony,” is currently #2 at Gospel radio.
“It is a transparent, introspective look at what I came through and how, in the midst of it all, I still maintained and am maintaining my faith,” Sapp says of the single, which he co-wrote with Aaron Lindsey. “The song’ is about me sharing how I got through it, not just that I got through it.”
Click Here to see the live performance of “My Testimony” during the recording at Evangel Cathedral.
Recorded live at Evangel Cathedral just outside of Washington, D.C., “I Win” is Sapp’s first CD since the passing of his wife and manager MaLinda, and it is the first live CD recorded outside of Sapp’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, hometown. Still, “I Win” is indeed a musical triumph, with 10 brilliant tracks that reinforce Sapp’s sentiment that “because I endured, I won.”