This past July 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 as a soul-stirring singer of traditional gospel standards such as “My Record Will Be There” and “Inside the Gate.”
The current pastor, Superintendent Milton R. Hawkins, is keeping Bishop Patterson’s musical legacy alive by partnering with Habakkuk Music to release a new CD entitled, “Pastor Milton R. Hawkins Presents In The Sanctuary” by the church’s 200+voice Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ Women’s Choir Live. The twelve song CD was produced by noted musician/ composer Derrick Starks and features the choir performing with soloists such as Grammy Award winner Karen Clark Sheard, Tamela Mann (currently #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart with her smash hit “Take Me To The King”) and veteran vocalist Lisa Page Brooks who is best known for her 2010 #1 hit “I Want To Say Thank You.”
The first gospel radio single is the rousing “Everybody Praise” that has risen to #36 on this week’s Nielsen BDS gospel airplay chart. Carla Tolbert Taylor, a fixture in Memphis church circles, leads the 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 was one of Bishop Patterson’s favorite singers and was a featured soloist in the church organization for years. Visit www.habakkukmusic.com for more information on this exciting project.