going behind the scenes to get you ahead of the curve by andrew greer in the studio with… Smokie Norful ALBUM TITLE: Smokie Norful Presents: How I Got Over featuring the 12th District AME Choir and Bishop Sam Green LABEL: EMI Gospel RELEAsE DATE: March 2011 REcoRDIng sTUDIo: Recorded “live” at the 2010 12th District AME convocation, Tulsa, OK PRoDUcERs: Smokie Norful & Jason Tyson nUMBER of songs: 10 REcoRDIng REUnIon: I spent the first half of my life in Oklahoma. This was recorded at an AME (African Methodist Episcopal) church convocation with all the people that encouraged me during my earliest years of development. My father is an AME pastor, so it was sentimental and a ‘coming home’ celebration with my church family. —Smokie Norful oLD schooL: Many ‘new school’ Christians don’t know the songs that carried our grandparents, so I thought it would be valuable to begin introducing the younger generation to the traditional praise and worship songs I grew up on, and reminding everyone else of what brought us through. —S.N. gUEsT Who?: This CD has a power packed line-up of musical ministry! The guest features [include] Myron Butler, Sheri Jones-Moffett and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. They were all powerful and anointed. One of the most special moments was when my father and I did a duet. —S.N. PERsonAL PARALLEL: My CDs usually correlate to what I’m dealing with in life at the moment, or the season of life I’m in. —S.N. LIvE voLTAgE: There’s no energy like being in a room full of people who are in one accord with your passion for the music. When performing live, you get to instantly see the payoff of your prayer, hard work and creativity. —S.N. For more information on Smokie, visit smokienorful.com. more 16 CCM