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SIX-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNING
BROOKLYN TABERNACLE CHOIR
RELEASES ITS 29TH RECORDING
PROJECT IN FEBRUARY

For Immediate Release (Brooklyn, NY) – The Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir will release its 29th album via Provident Distribution on February 10, 2015. The CD entitled, Pray, features fourteen new songs, eleven of which were co-written by choir director, Carol Cymbala. Cymbala believes that choirs are still an integral part of congregational worship.

"The ultimate purpose of a choir is to lead the congregation into the presence of God," says Carol. "Prayer is vital. Preparing the choir spiritually is so important. I do feel strongly that the idea of many voices lifted up to the Lord, unified and in harmony, is a powerful thing. We also read of choirs in the Bible going forth and singing before the battles were waged.”

The Choir will premier the new recording during on Sunday, February 8 at the Brooklyn Tabernacle, 17 Smith Street, Brooklyn, New York at 3:00 p.m. Pray is produced by Carol Cymbala and Jason Michael Webb. Since its inception over 40 years ago when the Choir began with only nine members, Carol has never read music – though she has written numerous hit songs—and the choir has never used charts. The 300-voice choir is a blend of ethnic and economic backgrounds, with members ranging from lawyers and doctors to former drug addicts.

"While the new Pray CD has an eclectic mix of songs,” says Carol, "it is also reminiscent of the traditional Brooklyn Tabernacle sound. Beyond the songs, I really believe that it is very important that the members of our choir – or any choir-- should have a heart for God and a heart for ministry. Ultimately, we need to focus on seeing lives changed through the power of the gospel in song. I pray that there would be more choirs that would be raised up in the day that we are living in so that we can sing a song of victory to our God because He is worthy of all our praises.”

The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir has performed at major music venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden. Their accolades include six Grammy Awards, seven Dove Awards (Gospel Music’s Grammy equivalent), two #1 Billboard charting CDs and over four million albums sold. The choir sang "The Battle Hymn of The Republic” at President Obama’s second inauguration ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to a worldwide television audience of over a billion people. The Choir has performed on various national TV shows including Good Morning America and Fox and Friends, among others. Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir was featured on the cover of The New York Times and highlighted in Time Magazine. The choir’s previous CD, Love Lead the Way, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Christian/Gospel album chart last year. Visit the choir page for more information on the choir.

THE SIX-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNING
BROOKLYN TABERNACLE CHOIR
TO RELEASE NEW DIGITAL SINGLE "REDEEMED"
DURING UPCOMING MUSIC CONFERENCE
OCTOBER 4-6, 2013 IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

It's been a great year for the legendary Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. The Grammy Award winning ensemble kicked the year off by singing its dynamic rendition of "The Battle Hymn of The Republic" at President Obama's inauguration ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol with a worldwide television audience of a billion people. The group was featured on the cover of The New York Times, highlighted in Time Magazine and performed on The Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" program. Its 27th album "Love Lead The Way" debuted at #1 on iTunes Christian/Gospel albums chart in the spring.

The choir is now prepared to close the year with a bang as the aggregation releases its latest recording "Redeemed" during The Brooklyn Tabernacle Church's annual Music Conference that kicks off Friday, October 4th and runs through Sunday, October 6th. On October 1st the digital release will be available for purchase exclusively on iTunes and on www.brooklyntabernacle.org. As a bonus, the soul-stirring track will be bundled with a free-with-purchase download of "The Star Spangled Banner."

The poignant "Redeemed" anthem was first recorded by the Christian band Big Daddy Weave and became a #1 Christian radio hit in 2012. It's currently nominated for Dove Award as Song of the Year. "I was in Nashville mixing the 'Love Lead The Way' album and heard the song on the radio," choir founder Carol Cymbala recalls. "I wasn't familiar with it but it struck a chord with me. The song's message of redemption is relevant to us all and I felt it would be a wonderful song for the choir to record for our audience."

The choir's majestic wall of voices creates a heavenly listening backdrop as tenor Brandon Camphor steps center stage to passionately testify of God's forgiveness of sins, "I am redeemed, You set me free, So I'll shake off these heavy chains. Wipe away every stain, now I'm not who I used to be, I am redeemed." The singers are enveloped in a warm, full orchestrated cloud of aural movements that enhance the power of the song's message yet remain true to the choir's signature sound.

The 300-voice choir is a blend of ethnic and economic backgrounds, with members ranging from lawyers and doctors to former drug addicts. Since 1981, the choir has performed at major venues such as Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden. They've appeared on "Good Morning America" and other national television programs. Their amazing legacy includes six Grammy Awards, seven Dove Awards, two #1 Billboard charting CDs and over four million albums sold. Visit the choir page for more information on the choir.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Bill Carpenter at (202) 506-5051 or carpenterbill@me.com

THE SIX-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNING
BROOKLYN TABERNACLE CHOIR
SET TO PERFORM A NEW RENDITION OF
"THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC"
AT THE 57TH PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL SWEARING-IN CEREMONY
MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013 AT THE U.S. CAPITOL

Long before the recent presidential election was decided, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (Democrat-NY and Chairman of the 2013 Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies) selected The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir to perform its new rendition of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" at the official swearing-in ceremony of the 57th Presidential Inauguration scheduled to take place on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on January 21, 2013 before an expected crowd of a half million people on the National Mall. Attendees will include former Presidents, Senators, Representatives, and Cabinet Officials. The event will be broadcast live around the world.

"I'm pleased to invite The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir to perform at the 57th Inauguration in January," Schumer said this past June when he announced the choir's addition to the program. "As a frequent visitor to their wonderful congregation I know from first-ear experience how amazing this choir is, and I know they will wow the whole nation, too."

The novel rendition of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" was arranged by the choir's founder, Carol Cymbala, and its music director, Jason Michael Webb, with majestic orchestral accompaniment that's punctuated with innovative new harmonies while maintaining the classic feel of one of America's most beloved anthems. Alicia Olatuja, a mezzo-soprano who has performed at Carnegie Hall, leads the song. It will be bundled with the rousing new anthem, "Let Your Kingdom Come," as an iTunes (and other online music retailers) digital download and made available to the public on January 15th. Both tunes are featured on the choir's forthcoming spring CD release, "Love Lead The Way" – it's 28th recorded album. Click here to view on iTunes.

The 300-voice choir is a blend of ethnic and economic backgrounds, with members ranging from lawyers and doctors to former drug addicts. Over the years, the choir has performed at major venues such as Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden. Their amazing legacy includes six Grammy Awards, seven Dove Awards, two #1 Billboard charting CDs and over four million albums sold. Visit the choir page for more information on the choir.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Bill Carpenter at (202) 506-5051 or carpenterbill@me.com

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