(January 26, 2024)
Chicago native, James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award-recipient, and legendary gospel phenom Ricky Dillard releases his newest album Choirmaster II, out today on Motown Gospel. The LP is a powerful testament to Dillard’s musical prowess and spiritual depth that has captivated audiences for over three-decades; showcasing his unwavering commitment to delivering soul-stirring music that transcends boundaries and connects with listeners on a profound level.
Dillard has been a pillar in the gospel music industry, earning widespread acclaim for his ability to blend traditional gospel sounds with contemporary elements. Choirmaster II promises to be a continuation of his legacy, offering a fresh perspective on the genre while staying true to the roots that have made him a household name.
“I believe Choirmaster II is not just an album; it’s a divine encounter,” says Dillard. “Each song is a testament to the faithfulness of God and the joy that comes from praising Him. I poured my heart and soul into this project and believe it will resonate with audiences and serve as a source of inspiration for years to come.”
Recently, Dillard served as the gospel music arranger for the new film/musical adaption of The Color Purple starring Fantasia, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, and more –– to which he brought a wealth of experience and musical expertise to. His unparalleled expertise in the genre, coupled with his profound understanding of the emotional and spiritual depth embedded in gospel music, made him the ideal collaborator for this iconic production. As a visionary in his own right, Dillard’s involvement elevated the musical experience of The Color Purple, marrying soul-stirring narrative with uplifting resonance –– creating an unforgettable cinematic and musical journey for audiences worldwide. Read more about his process in an interview with Okayplayer. Catch Dillard’s cameo in the film during the very first scene!