Tuesday, August 10, 2010

En Sound Music Award Nominee Jack Yates Kicks Off Solo Career At GMWA

LeRae Records and CLG Distribution have announced the recent release of En Sound Music Award nominee Jack Yates' debut solo CD, The Journal of Jack Yates. Yates kicked things off last week with a performance at the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) in Cincinnati, Ohio.

A gifted singer/songwriter and worship leader, as well as the former lead singer of 3-time Stellar Award nominated Gospel group James Grear & Company, Yates is taking the Gospel industry by storm with his solo debut. At last week's GMWA Gospel Announcer's Guild Showcase, he shared songs from the project, which has already earned him an En Sound Music Award nomination for Best Urban Artist, Male.

During his stint as lead singer and staff songwriter with the renowned James Grear & Company, Yates toured and recorded extensively, garnering national acclaim for his clear, melodic voice on songs like "Don't Give Up," "Set Me Free" and "Peace Be Still." He received rave reviews in both the Gospel and mainstream markets for his lead vocals on the remake of The Youngbloods' classic "Get Together" from the 70s. But perhaps his work with the famous duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis while performing on "The Prince of Egypt" and "The Emperor's New Groove" soundtracks has brought him the most recognition.

All of his travels and accolades have led him back to Gospel music, and sharing the Gospel of Christ. "Following the voice of God is essential," says Yates.

Co-produced by Yates (James Grear & Company) and Pharis "June Bug" Evans, Jr. (Yolanda Adams, Stevie Wonder), the music of The Journal of Jack Yates runs the musical gamut from jazz to R&B to rock. Yates' own journal entries provide the lyrics for many of the songs on the new project, which features Yates' contemporary Gospel originals interspersed with his inspiring spoken word journal readings and Christian standards.

"Jack Yates is a phenomenal singer, songwriter and performer, and label owner Rev. Wilfred Moore has vast industry knowledge and a full complement of key relationships within the industry," comments CLG Distribution President David C. Coleman. "These two elements combine to create a potent partnership, indeed. We are very excited to be a part of this growth process which, we believe, will result in the development of another household name in the Gospel community."

"I'm excited to be part of the CLG family and am very confident that their distribution network will enhance our ability to expose Jack Yates and LeRae Records to the Christian and General Marketplace," says LeRae Records President, Rev. Wilfred Moore.

Jack Yates' The Journal of Jack Yates is available on LeRae Records, and distributed through CLG Distribution. For more information on Jack Yates' The Journal of Jack Yates, visit leraerecords.com or clgdistribution.com.

LeRae Records is a Las Vegas-based independent record label specializing in Inspirational, Gospel and Cool Jazz music. Dedicated to providing quality entertainment through the medium of recorded music and video, LeRae Records spreads the message of hope and love from the entertainment capital of the world. For more information on LeRae Records, visit leraerecords.com.

Nashville, Tennessee-based CLG Distiribution, a division of Chrematizo Label Group, is an independent distributor of Christian music, video, books and other Christ-centered product to the Christian and General marketplace. The company was founded in 2004 with the primary goal of providing a professional yet accessible conduit to a broad spectrum of retail channels for independent Christian artists and labels. For more information on CLG Distiribution, visit clgdistribution.com.

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