BMI Teams with eOne Music For First CD Release

099923931829One of the most anticipated events of Stellar Award weekend is the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Luncheon. Yearly, gospel music’s most celebrated writers and artists converge in Nashville to celebrate the contributions of the genre’s legends. This year’s event took place on January 18 at Rocketown in Nashville TN and honored the music of gospel luminaries Kurt Carr, Lady Tramaine Hawkins, and Edwin Hawkins. For the first time ever, this effort will be released to the public as a recorded music package as Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) teams with eOne Music to release BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013. This historic project will hit stores October 22.

Anaysha Figueroa performs the single "Holy One"

Anaysha Figueroa performs the single “Holy One”

The album features live performances from Pastor Shirley Caesar, Le’Andria Johnson, Donald Lawrence & Company, Yolanda Adams, Kierra Sheard, and many more. Each performer, including Anaysha Figueroa, whose interpretation of “Holy One” is the project’s lead single, delivered a rousing tribute to this year’s honorees.

The release of the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 album marks the first-ever recording from the performing rights organization. This new initiative is a milestone among performing rights organizations and signals BMI’s continued dynamic growth. In celebration of the accomplishment, BMI will host an invitation-only album release party with performances by Anaysha Figueroa, Jason Nelson, Jonathan Nelson and Lisa Knowles on October 22 in Atlanta.

Bishop Paul S. Morton & Pastor Shirley Caesar team up on "Oh Happy Day"

Bishop Paul S. Morton & Pastor Shirley Caesar team up on “Oh Happy Day”

“Releasing a live recording of the performances from the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon allows a wider audience to experience our salute to the legends of gospel music,” said Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, and Executive Producer of the album. “This project pairs some of the brightest stars in gospel music with iconic songs written and performed by trailblazers of the genre.”

eOne Music is proud to partner with BMI to release a monumental project that captures so many award-winning and beloved artists on one album,” said Phil Thornton, eOne Music Vice President of Marketing & New Business Development. “From the pairings of award-winning icons Pastor Shirley Caesar and Bishop Paul Morton, to the sounds of Donald Lawrence & Company, this one-of-a-kind album is filled with legendary performances and the distinctive voices that they are known for, which continue to inspire and command gospel today.”

BMI_Logo_Final_BLK - Copy - Copy“Having served as musical director for the BMI Trailblazers event for the past several years, with the help of my singers The Company, I cannot express how excited I am that this once-a-year experience will now be shared with the public,”  commented songwriter Donald Lawrence. “ This year’s event was a special one, where some of today’s best artists, such as Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans, Kierra Sheard, Le’Andria Johnson and others, paid tribute to some of gospel music’s legends, who happen to be personal favorites of mine, Edwin and Tramaine Hawkins and Kurt Carr. It was an incredible concert filled with many uplifting moments, and I cannot wait for the public to be able to listen in on this unique musical experience!”

Produced by music director Joe “Flip” Wilson and songwriter Donald Lawrence – with BMI’s Catherine Brewton and BMI Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations Wardell Malloy serving as executive producers – the album captures the essence of the Trailblazers Luncheon. The annual fete, which is part industry celebration and part awe-inspiring worship service, attracts gospel music’s premier songwriters, brightest stars, and leading industry executives.

You can pre-order the new release below and check out the track listing for BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013

Various Artists: BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013
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1. “In The Sanctuary” – Donald Lawrence & Company
2. “I Need Your Spirit (Fall Fresh On Me)” – Jason Nelson and Jonathan Nelson
3. “Holy One” – Anaysha Figueroa featuring CeCe Winans
4. “He Brought Me” – Yolanda Adams featuring CeCe Winans
5. “I Almost Let Go” – Sheri Jones-Moffett
6. “Oh Happy Day” – Pastor Shirley Caesar & Bishop Paul Morton
7. “Changed” – Le’Andria Johnson
8. “Oh My Soul Loves Jesus” – Lisa Knowles
9. “For Every Mountain” – Amber Bullock
10. “This Day” – Kierra Sheard

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