Gospel/Jazz vocalist Robert E. Person releases his first single, “I Give You Praise,” off of his upcoming album Classic Covers to be released in the Fall, 2017. The single is a 40-year-old Richard Smallwood hit song that Robert collaborated with Richard Smallwood on.
“(Working with Richard Smallwood) It met and exceeded my expectations,” Person said. “I wanted to breathe new life to it without loosing the interiority to the song. I didn’t want to change it too much, but I incorporated as much live music as I could.”
Smallwood is a pianist, singer and songwriter known for his choirs and hit songs. One of his songs “I Love the Lord,” was recorded by Whitney Houston for The Bodyguard movie.
“I was so honored because he is so nonchalant. I’m a Washingtonian and I grew up listening to Richard. I know him from afar. I got up the nerve, courage and fear and asked him if I could record his song. He said, ‘Yes, it’s bigger than me. This song is 40 years old and is still relevant.’ It took a few months but it happened.”
Person began his career singing background for Josh Groban. He went on to perform for the Pope as well. He recently performed at the Berean Baptist Church in DC, the Christian Tabernacle and the Indie Gospel Artist Alliance in Beltsville, Maryland. An upcoming performance includes an August 27th date at the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Washington, DC.
Person said he hopes his music brings peace to the world.
“We are still dealing with hate. The universal message of love is my message. My last two albums centered around love but was just music. I decided to have a message this particular time stating that the word that God is Love, we are love. I don’t think we get enough love.”
Listen to Person’s cover of “I Give You Praise” or learn more about his upcoming performances and his Classic Covers album release by logging onto his website www.RobertEPerson.com.
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