Robert E. Person Teams With Gospel Legend for New Single

Award winning independent jazz vocalist Robert E. Person continues to add to his impressive catalog with the release of his brand new single. The new track, titled “I Give You Praise”, is the lead single from Person’s upcoming release titled Classic Covers. First released in 1989 on Richard Smallwood’s Portrait album, the lead single features a collaboration with award winning Gospel music icon, songwriter, and pianist Richard Smallwood.

“Singers record and perform cover songs all the time and having the opportunity to re-make a song with the original artist is rare,” says Person. “Recording with Richard Smallwood was a dream come true, a blessing, and a huge responsibility because he is the consummate musician.”

“I released ‘I Give You Praise’ over 28 years ago and wrote it almost 40 years ago,” shares Smallwood. “It is one of my favorite songs and it feels great to teach, record and release it again. To mentor and collaborate with the younger generation of singers and musicians like Robert is important because our gifts are not our own, they are God given. We have a responsibility to reach back and sow into the next generation.”

This collaboration is one of a kind that doesn’t happen often enough in gospel and/or jazz music. It’s an impressive partnership blending Person’s gorgeous vocals with Smallwood’s signature style of beautifully arranged classical and sacred piano music. And, to continue bridging the generation gap in music, Person enlisted the young, dynamic vocals of Roderick Giles & Grace whose musicianship and commitment to excellence is reminiscent of The Richard Smallwood Singers.

“Robert’s execution is absolutely beautiful. His vocals are on point and Roderick’s vocal work is awesome,” continues Smallwood. “Thank you (Robert) for doing such an amazing musical interpretation of the song. You guys really did it justice!”

“I Give You Praise” is available at all digital music outlets. The Classic Covers live studio album and DVD will be available early Fall 2017.

Robert E. Person: I Give You Praise (feat. Richard Smallwood)
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