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Fred Hammond has been one of the most innovative figures in Gospel for the past two decades. True to form, he continues to push the envelope by reaching across the musical divide and bridging the gap with his new group, United Tenors featuring R&B singers Dave Hollister, Eric Roberson, and gospel singer Brian Courtney Wilson. All accomplished in their own right, the four singers have united to re-imbue the male ensemble sound and inspire men to worship God, says Hammond. We caught up with the Grammy winner to talk about forming United Tenors, blending R&B with Gospel and what listeners should expect to hear on United Tenors’ new album.
How United Tenors Came Together
“I felt like it was time to bring the sound of men worshipping back to the forefront in the music world. Groups like The Winans and Commissioned are absent from today’s pool of Gospel music artists. We all felt that this was a great time for us to come together and offer that missing link. We sing inspirational songs, songs of praise and worship, and about how good and how big God is. We are magnifying the Lord.”
On the message in the music:
“Our goal is to get men together to sings songs of worship. There’s a beautiful signature female sound that resounds in Gospel music, but I believe that it’s time for men to step up and have more of a presence. Women have carried the Gospel sound for many years and we want to support them and present a strong collective of male voices. Women are a key part of the sound of the groups that accompany male singers like Kirk Franklin, Israel Houghton, and myself. We want to offer a sound that will compliment this standard.”
Check out the rest of Fred Hammond’s interview over on Essence. This should actually be a good project; you don’t have to be a religious person or even a Gospel music fan to appreciate good singing and music!
After years of being confused about it, I’ve found that clearly, not everyone is supposed to be or going to be as big as an Usher, a Beyoncé, and most probably won’t get anywhere near MJ status on a global scale. But when highly talented individuals, especially good looking male singers with great pipes, don’t get or don’t get to sustain the popularity they once had, I always wonder why. Such is the case with the following 10 fellas, who throughout my pre-teens and adulthood, I’ve been a fan of. So what are they doing now and what went wrong on the road to stardom? Shall we find out?
And be ready to click (you’ve been warned, so save the complaints).
“And don’t you forget iiiiiit!” That was my jam! For those who don’t remember Glenn Lewis, the neo-soul singer with his funky curls and smooth voice garnered many a female fan after dropping songs like “Don’t You Forget It” off of his debut disk, World Outside My Window in 2002. The Canadian crooner was doing fairly well sales wise as his debut album peaked at number four on the Billboard 200, but as he prepared to release his second album with the single, “Back For More,” his release date got pushed back, and his album just wound up being shelved. Things haven’t been the same since…
After leaving and joining different labels, you’ll be happy to know that Lewis signed with EMI Music in 2011 and is said to be working on a new project. However, we’ll believe it when we see it. He still looks good though!