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Hot off the heels of their successful fourth album, Identity, James Fortune & F.I.Y.A. released their first ever Christmas album, GRACE GIFT, today October 16th.  

GRACE GIFT is a must-have addition to your Christmas collection and offers 12-tracks of original tunes and Christmas favorites.  Kicking off this beloved holiday in a fun, festive and merryway, Fortune teamed with his wife Cheryl to pen several new songs.  Among the highlights, are the upbeat “Christmas Time,” the inspiring “Worship The King,” and the beautifully presented “Mary’s Song,” which features Cheryl on lead.  Speaking to God’s ultimate gift to us, the Fortunes also offer the sentimental title track “Grace Gift.”  This song is precisely what fans have come to love about Fortune & F.I.Y.A. and it can certainly live past the Christmas holiday.

Other gems include Fortune’s re-vamp / redux of the hit song on “I Believe Part 2” bringing back vocalists Shawn McLemore and Zacardi Cortez.  The slower version is no less passionate than the first and still packs a punch.  The unexpected inclusion of the CCM song “Love Came Down,” with Todd Galberth on lead rounds out the project.

GRACE GIFT, produced by Terence Vaughn and Ayron Lewis, encompasses classic songs that stir up memories of family, love and all the holidays have to offer.  Using this album as a way to highlight his longtime and close-knit group of singers, Fortune paired beloved Christmas favorites with his best singers.   Long time F.I.Y.A. member D’Shondra Rideout soloed on “First Noel,” and Lisa Knowles & McLemore blazed on a rousing version of “Go Tell It/Wonderful Child.” The soulful “This Christmas” features Isaac Carree & Minon Bolton.

“Our prayer is that this Christmas album will be a blessing to everyone this Holiday season and remind us of the Gift we received, that we didn’t deserve and we couldn’t earn – that’s why it was a Grace Gift,” explained Fortune.  “I’m also proud to be able to feature the amazing vocalists that serve with me every week traveling across the country helping me to advance the Kingdom.”

GRACE GIFT is sure to ignite the Christmas spirit in everyone.

In conjunction with the CD release, Fortune & FIYA will hit the road next month on the Celebrate Christmas Tour with label-mate Jessica Reedy.  They will travel to major markets making stops at several House of Blues and theaters across the country.  For a complete listing of dates and ticket information, fans can log on to:



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