*“It’s necessary to honor legends of Gospel music you grew up listening to,” said multi-Grammy Award-winning Myron Butler about the June 26, 2020 release of his new album “My Tribute” – in honor of “The Father of Modern Gospel” Andrae Crouch. “I grew up listening to …Duke Ellington, Louie Armstrong…so many icons.”
Butler, a singer, songwriter and producer, felt the industry needed to release more than one song per album in honor of the legends, so he enlisted 14 artists and released a whole album in honor of the works of Crouch who made major mark on the Gospel industry. Some of the featured artists consist of Dorinda Clark-Cole, Fred Hammond, Kim Burrell, Anthony Hamilton, Kenny Lattimore and Kirk Franklin.
“This was a monumental task,” Myron admitted. “Andrae Crouch songs are monumental and I had to make sure it was right. I’m not the only one who feels the desire to celebrate him.”
The “My Tribute” title track is a Crouch song, “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory).” The album offers 11 songs – 11 Andrae Crouch hits. Myron credits Andrae for taking Gospel out of the church into the streets. Andrae’s group The Disciples made its mark on the Gospel industry as well. Crouch’s songs crossed genres adding Gospel to Pop and Rock charts and opening the door to the creation of Contemporary Gospel. Myron talked about how the public is in need of these honors.
“Everyone responded to the ‘Clark Sisters’ movie,” he said. “So much so they had to re-air it. I’m doing this tribute record to make sure the music of our forefathers is common place. Until each generation is aware. It’s who we are.”
Myron, also a Stellar Award winner, produced the entire “My Tribute” album. Crouch’s music even crossed out of the recording industry into films appearing on the soundtracks of The Lion King and The Color Purple. He garnered seven Grammy Awards and worked with such iconic entertainers as Michael Jackson and Madonna.
“Andrae had a significant impact on me as a songwriter,” Myron pointed out. “I was a songwriter and choir director the first time I heard ‘Jesus is Lord’. I had never heard Gospel like that…so inspiring.”
Myron Butler was a prodigy child who by the age of 17 wrote his first song for the Dallas Fort Worth Mass Choir, directed by Kirk Franklin, titled “Lift Him Up.” The DFW Mass Choir was later named “God’s Property” with Myron as its Choral Director. Franklin went on to form Franklin and the Family Choir. Butler is also a pianist/organist who serves as Minister of Music at Bishop TD Jakes’ The Potter’s House. He has worked as backup singer and vocal director for Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Smokie Norfolk, Donald Lawrence and Yolanda Adams.
Some of “My Tribute” tracks include “All Things Well;” “The Blood Will Never Lose its Power” featuring Michael Lampkin; “Holy Spirit” featuring Samoht; “On It Is Jesus” featuring Blanche McAllister-Dykes, and “Living This Kind of Life” featuring Peter Collins. www.EMIGospel.com
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, MS, MBA, MPhil has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 21st year. Next events are coming to Los Angeles Saturday, November 7, 2020 via Zoom Video Conferencing and to Baltimore Saturday April 17, 2021 at Security Square Mall. The ULMII event is a free conference offering an Entertainment Business Panel Q&A Session, a Talent Showcase and Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services. Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP for Zoom Access email [email protected]