Monday, November 20, 2006
Vanessa Is Back
Seven-time Grammy nominee Vanessa Bell Armstrong will release her highly anticipated album Walking Miracle, on EMI Gospel February 20, 2007. The epic songstress returns front and center stage with her an awe-inspiring, ultramodern full length CD. Time bears no stance on the voice of a true gospel historian, “When I started out, I was a contemporary vocalist however the late Thomas Whitfield mixed it up with a traditional feel and since then I never went far from that,” Armstrong explained, when discussing the range of traditional and contemporary blends on the new LP.
“I love the contemporary and I love the traditional....to me the time-honored sounds of gospel music is our medicine....it gives us hope....it encourages, but the contemporary-up tempo stuff is what lifts us up." Supporters don’t have to wait until next year to own a sample of the singer’s latest offering. The commercial single So Good To Me is available in stores November 21, 2006.
Walking Miracle captures the hearts of countless Vanessa Bell Armstrong fans, as it includes a parade of soon to be legendary material---saturated with contemporary R&B soul harmony—and irrefutable ‘Ole school’ rips and runs that assist in defining Armstrong’s reputable musical forte. The critically acclaimed singer formulated a new found partnership with super producer Rodney Jerkins, who produced the albums R&B evocative title track “Walking Miracle.” The smooth and sleek track backs Armstrong’s clear and catchy vocals. It is a relatable song for everyone that knows the healing power of God.
“They were praying for my son (who was recently diagnosed with the debilitating disease MS) one Sunday night and the song just came to me,” describes Armstrong. “He is a walking miracle and I know he’s healed and through faith and assurance I am just waiting for the evidence of His promise.” Dark Child Entertainment’s Freddie Jerkins also adds production credits to the new album, submitting the upbeat “Till The Victory Is Won” and the urban contemporary ballad “Fall In Love,” to the upcoming 11-track release. To benchmark this anticipated release, a commercial single from Walking Miracle will be released on November 21, 2006 which includes the hopeful song “So Good To Me,” produced by label mate and Grammy award winner Smokie Norful and the stand out track “Seasons” featuring a guest appearance by the phenomenal J. Moss.
In addition, consumers can view a sneak peek of It’s Over Now, a full length live performance video by going to www.emigospel.com.
Her career highlights prove that Armstrong has truly withstood the test of time. The singer recorded her debut record Peace Be Still (1983) and Chosen (1984) which hit number one on Billboard's Top 10 gospel albums.
In 1987 the singer, took a more middle-of-the-road approach her self-titled LP, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, which included “Pressing On” and "You Bring Out The Best In Me." Later albums consist of Something On The Inside (1993) and The Secret Is Out (1995). Walking Miracle quickly strikes a cord in the souls of listeners, aside from the first-rate production and strong vocals; Armstrong relays a message of Christ.
“When people listen to this album, I want people to know the giver of this wonderful gift is God,” Armstrong said. “He has anointed me to reach the masses. I want people to know that is something better....the thing that we are all missing in today’s world is Jesus....we have to bring that message to them.”
Kudos goes to DC Gospel News Update and EMI Gospel for this article.