Gospel TV Legend Dr. Bobby Jones to Release First CD in Seven Years
After over three decades of introducing the best and brightest names in gospel music to the globe via his weekly BET “Bobby Jones Gospel” (the longest running show in cable TV history), Dr. Bobby Jones is reminding the world that he’s a Grammy Award winning recording artist too. The 75-year old TV emcee is releasing his first CD in seven years, “Rejoice with Me” (EchoPark JDI/Caroline Distribution), that hits retail and online stores on March 25, 2014.
This soul-stirring, twelve-track set is comprised of all original music and also features backing vocals and solos by members of the NSC (Nashville Super Choir) that regularly performs on Jones’ TV show. Michael Bereal and Professor James Roberson produced the brilliant project. It boasts cameos by some of R&B’s most incomparable voices such as Faith Evans (who leads the Top Ten title cut), Howard Hewitt and Ann Nesby. Former ’70s R&B artist, Tommye Young West, who’s been recording in the gospel field exclusively for the last three decades, delivers a Pentecostal rout on the feverish, “Right Now Praise.” Various members of NSC take leads on the beautiful anthem, “Faithful Is He.” NSC member Jamal Carter leads the mellow, “Created For Worship.” The thunderous voice of Shawn McLemore ignites the fiery hand-clapper, “Let’s Praise The Lord” and Renee Spearman offers the smooth urban AC track, “Nothing Without You.” The album closes with a rousing Chicago-styled remix of “Rejoice with Me.”
Since the late 1970s, Dr. Jones has spent his Sunday mornings rejoicing with millions of gospel lovers around the planet and has also released a dozen or so LPs and CDs. Jones, who has an earned Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, also hosts the syndicated weekly radio programs “Bobby Jones Countdown” that airs on over 100 radio stations. Jones formed the New Life Singers in 1975. He later expanded the group’s membership and changed its name to NSC (Nashville Super Choir). He and the choir circle the globe every year, spreading its unique style of gospel in concert halls and music festivals.