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“THE BLESSING OF ABRAHAM,” SPARKS
GROWING RADIO SUCCESS OF FIRST SINGLE,
EXCITEMENT FOR UPCOMING APRIL PROMOTIONAL TOUR
April 4 Final Release Signals the Turning of a New Page for Tri-City Singers
Nashville, TN (March 10, 2006)- During his incredibly prolific 15-year career, producer and arranger Donald Lawrence built a reputation as a powerful and charismatic director and keeper of the gospel choir flame with the critically acclaimed choir Tri-City Singers. The Spartanburg native forged a successful livelihood with five highly successful albums, including 1993’s “A Songwriter’s Point of View,” 1995’s “Bible Stories” and 2002’s “Go Get Your Life Back.” The five albums showcase the Tri-City Singers as a uniquely powerful entity, blessed with a breathtaking array of vocal prowess and all-embracing Christian sensitivity. It all comes to an exciting end on April 4 when EMI Gospel will release the much anticipated from Donald Lawrence Presents the Tri-City Singers “Finale: Act I & Act II,” a double-CD &DVD packed with over Ten brand new songs and all the classic hits recorded livefrom their deep and impressive catalogue.
Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers have enjoyed a fruitful relationship with gospel radio over the years, and “The Blessing of Abraham” continues the trend. The single has garnered consistent presence atop Radio & Records’ “Most Added” and “Most Increased Airplay” gospel charts. Since its late-January release, Billboard Airplay Monitor has charted “The Blessing of Abraham” on its “Power Adds for Gospel” and “Gospel Big Movers” categories. And the song has recently cracked the Top Ten on Radio & Records’ Gospel Chart and is about to enter the Top Ten on Airplay Monitor’s BDS Gospel chart. Eboni Funderburk Grimes, Manager, National Promotion EMI Gospel, says: “Since impacting in late January, the Tri-City Singers’ ‘The Blessing of Abraham’ has far exceeded our expectations at radio. We are gearing up not only for an outstanding April 4th ‘Finale’ debut, but as well a # 1 single in the coming weeks.”
Lawrence and the 34-member Tri-City Singers (so-called because they hail from the cities of Spartanburg, Gastonia and Charlotte, will bring the curtain down on this chapter in his gospel music career with an ambitious multi-city promotional tour in support of “Finale” and the first single, “The Blessing of Abraham.” Beginning April 1, Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers will undertake a “Go Get Your Inheritance” tour in Chicago, featuring a full concert performance at Pastor Bill Winston’s Living World Christian Center Church, a Sunday morning performance at Salem Baptist, as well as, a special Music Experience showcase at the famed Du Sable Museum. Other stops in this month-long tour include cities such as, Nashville, Washington DC, Baltimore, Greensboro, NC (a special appearance at the Gospel Announcer’s Guild) and Los Angeles. Returning to their roots, Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers will make a special Wal-Mart in-store appearance in Gastonia on Sunday, April 9.
Other events include appearances on BET “Lift Every Voice”, the Gospel Music Channel, and a performance airing April 9 on TBN to name a few.
Such uplifting songs as “Personal Friend,” “Giants,” “When Sunday Comes,” “Cast Your Cares,” “Stranger,” “You Are an Heir” and the current chart-topping single, “The Blessing of Abraham” closes a 15-year collaboration. And joining Lawrence and the Tri-City Choir are such superstars as Walter Hawkins, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Karen Clark Sheard. The Stellar Awards-winning choir’s “Finale” will also include a Limited Collectors Editionbox set that incorporates Two CD’s, Two DVD’s, a 12 page booklet of lyrics and liner notes written by Lawrence which highlights this historic occasion, as well as, two exclusive bonus audio tracks. Recorded in November, 2005, “Finale” captures one of the most important choirs in gospel music history, and brings to a resounding close a glowing chapter that ultimately opens the door to even more possibilities.
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