Nashville, TN (April 15, 2019)
Grammy Award-winning superstar Gloria Gaynor expresses her roots in Gospel music with the impending release of her new album, Testimony, due June 7th. Recording for the first time in Nashville with Grammy-winning producers Chris Stevens (TobyMac, Mandisa, Blake Shelton) and Reid Shippen (Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney), Gaynor uplifts listeners with a carefully-chosen selection of classic hymns, self-penned songs, as well as a stirring cover of Bob Dylan‘s “Man of Peace.”
To work on the album, Gaynor brought together a powerhouse collaborative that includes special guests Yolanda Adams, Jason Crabb, Mike Farris, and Bart Millard (MercyMe), as well as powerful backup vocals from Latrese Bush, Melinda Doolittle, and Jason Eskridge. The project features a lineup of extraordinarily talented musicians: Daru Jones (drums), Drew Ramsey (guitar), Shannon Sanders (keyboards/B3), Jason Webb (piano/keyboards), and Willie Weeks (bass). The group recorded together in the former RCA Studio A in Nashville’s Music Row—the iconic setting where Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, and countless other country legends have laid hits down.
The first single from the album, Gaynor’s “Amazing Grace,” was released on April 12th. Gaynor makes this time-honored hymn her own, delivering it with her signature, blues-drenched style. With this and every track on the album, she deftly walks a tightrope between putting her artistic spin on the song and conveying an absolute reverence for their spiritual essence.
“We are thrilled to be working with Gloria and her team to release her new gospel album; it’s clear that Testimony is a recording that represents the heart of Gloria,” said Paul Sizelove, President of Gaither Music. “Beyond the benchmark production and talent, you hear her soulful vocals and heartfelt expressions and you know immediately that she has lived these lyrics. We are excited to share these songs of hope with the world.”
Check out her version of “Amazing Grace” here: