Recently, some of the leading ladies in gospel music came together for a power-packed live CD recording at the Temple of Deliverance COGIC, the historic Memphis church founded by the late Bishop G.E. Patterson as Bountiful Blessings Church in 1975.
Aside from being a superior preacher, Bishop Patterson was also known for his spirited traditional gospel recordings of standards such as “My Record Will Be There” and “Inside the Gate.” The current pastor, Superintendent Milton R. Hawkins, is carrying on this musical legacy by partnering with Habakkuk Music to release a new CD entitled, “Pastor Milton R. Hawkins Presents Live In The Sanctuary” by the church’s 200+voice Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ Women’s Choir.
The twelve song CD hits stores everywhere on November 5th but the album is also available at a discounted price of $7.99 on iTunes pre-order prior to the release date. The set was produced by noted musician/ composer Derrick Starks and features the choir performing with soloists such as Grammy Award winner Karen Clark Sheard (performing “Breakthrough”), Tamela Mann (performing “Have Thine Own Way”) and veteran vocalist Lisa Page Brooks (performing “Keep Me All the Way”).
The first radio single “Everybody Praise” has been blazing gospel play lists all summer long and is now fueled to keep them warm through the cold winter months. A Memphis church fixture, Carla Tolbert Taylor, leads the rousing hand clapper. Her father was a singer prior to becoming deaf and it’s been her mission to vicariously carry out his singing aspirations through her career. The sprightly-voiced soprano is one of Memphis’s most requested singers. By supporting this project, fans are also supporting Temple of Deliverance’s on-going charitable donations. Over the last few years, the organization has donated over $75,000 to cancer research and various global relief efforts (tornadoes in southern states, Hurricane Sandy, earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, etc.).