*“It’s another level of the Choirmaster’s message,” said Stellar Award winning Dr. Ricky Dillard about his Ricky Dillard and New Generation Motown Gospel debut, the “Choirmaster: The Chicago House Remixes” EP. “If you survived the last four months you should be dancing!”
Ricky said why worry about the situations of today, the Holy Spirit is here to lead and guide us through. What we should be doing is joyfully dancing in praise. So the “Choirmaster” project is all about helping you realize that God has everything under control, things could be worst but they are not – so rejoice. “The Choirmaster: The Chicago House Remixes” EP is recorded live and is produced by three-time Grammy winning Max Stark (Kirk Franklin, Tori Kelly). Its first single “Release,” featuring Tiff Joy, reached #1 on the “BDS Gospel Chart” and the “Mediabase Published Gospel Chart.”
When asked why “house music” Ricky confided, “When I was maybe 20 years-old I was in search of being a recording artist. I love all types of music. I would sneak into a club in Chicago, which introduced me to this ‘house music’ or disco – Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin. I went to Studio 54 and Paradise Garage in New York and ended up going to a company in Chicago called the House Mecca Record Company. I met Master Funk and he invited me into the studio. In the next room was the Godfather of House Music. I sang some things. Then later I heard myself on the radio…So I started doing ‘house music’. I want to bring it back… it’s a perfect time to bring happiness.”
Also a multi-Grammy Award nominated artist Dillard’s choir is affectionately known as New G. He notes Kirk Franklin and Kanye West as inspirations in the Contemporary Gospel genre. Along with New G, Ricky Dillard has performed at the same concerts with Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah and Debbie Allen. Of the selections in “The Choirmaster” EP there are two versions of his “More Abundantly” selection – one a Wentworth Avenue Remix and the other a Chicago Heights Medley Remix. It also includes the first single “Release” – a South Shore Drive Remix, “Glad to Be of Service” – a Mason Court Remix, and “I Won’t Go Back” – a Ware House Remix. Ricky Dillard was raise in the church, a choir member at age five and soon after a music director for the youth choir. His love for God and his love for Chicago ‘house music’ has made him what he is today a passionate, very hyper and energetic choir master and vocal artist.
“I had many attacks from the church…because I was doing ‘house music’,” Dr. Ricky Dillard admitted. “Ridiculed, scorned and talked about, but I had a calling and a passion – so I had to keep going.” www.RickyDillardOfficial.com www.MotownGospel.com
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