LARRY CALLAHAN AND SELECTED OF GOD’S THE EVOLUTION II CD TO RELEASE ONLINE AND IN STORES NATIONWIDE NOVEMBER 13TH
Sing2Praise Recordings announce the November 13th release of Larry Callahan & Selected of God’s newest album The Evolution II. Distributed by Kobalt Music Group, the album will be available online and in retailers nationwide. In celebration of the launch, the popular choir will headline a free
11th Anniversary Service & CD Release Concert on Saturday, November 17th at 6:00 pm at Bishop Edgar L. Vann’s Second Ebenezer Church at 14601 Dequindre Road (Near I-75 & East McNichols) in Detroit. Tickets can be secured at Second Ebenezer, Triumph Church and God’s World or by calling 313-663-8800.
Led by Founder and Director Larry Callahan, Selected of God is fresh off of a dynamic performance at Verizon’s 2012 How Sweet the Sound national competition, the anointed collective also opened this past Friday for gospel heavyweights Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp, and Israel Houghton on the King’s Men Tour at Detroit’s Fox Theatre.
The choir’s mission of spreading love has brought a positive light and glory to the city of Detroit; they are aptly named Ambassadors of Chrysler’s Imported From Detroit project . Selected of God’s divine purpose will soon be fulfilled and touch the lives of millions around the world with The Evolution II album.
Produced by Grammy-winning, super producer Asaph Ward, The Evolution II is a poetically written; contemporary, urban and inspirational compilation. The lead singles will be “It Could Have Been Me” with Chiffon McNeal and “Be Still & Know” showcasing Chrystal Rucker, a rising gospel phenomenon. Another stand out is the powerful remake of the wildly popular Clark Sisters’ hit “You Brought the Sunshine”. Full of great accents, the explosive musical arrangement of “Sunshine” offers a sultry accompaniment to an amazing background. It boasts lead vocals by the legendary composer herself, Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark-Terrell.
No stranger to the success of a well done remade hit; Larry Callahan & Selected of God did not take the process lightly. According to the group’s humble Founder and Director Larry Callahan, “It was definitely an honor to remake “Sunshine”, but there was a lot of weight…not only did we want to honor the original writer and lead vocalist, who blessed us with her presence on our project, but we wanted to maintain the integrity of the Clark Sisters’ work-it was a great responsibility”.
Other promising tracks include “Dwell in Me”, an upbeat, fun composition by Stephen Anderson-Day, that showcases the Selected of God’s signature hip church swag. “Deliver Me” is a mid-tempo tune written by Asaph Ward and national singer/songwriter Shawn McLemore with featured leads Stephen Anderson-Day and Nikki Ross from Houston, TX.
Eric Dawkins, of the widely respected Dawkins and Dawkins, joins SoG on “Forsaking All Others”. The heartfelt ballad by Adrian B. King proclaims the artists’ stance to not let anyone get in the way of honoring HIM. Anderson-Day’s “He’ll Do” promises to be a foot stomping Sunday morning experience in your car!
As impressive as the material on the project is, so is the caliber and regional variety of musicianship it features. The Evolution II is graced with some of the most seasoned musicians in the world including drummers: Chris Johnson (Los Angeles), Joshua Mayfield of the famous Mayfield Brothers and from Detroit gospel legend lineage, J Drew-Sheard a.k.a. JDS. Ethan Former (Los Angeles), Allen “Snoop” Evans (Detroit) and Aaron Mayfield (Kansas) lend the bass, with Michael Bereal (Los Angeles), and Kevin Powell (Connecticut) on keys and Timothy Mole (North Carolina) on guitar.
Most noted for their “Lose Yourself” remake that appeared in Chrysler’s 2011 Born of Fire-Imported from Detroit Superbowl commercial which garnered an Emmy award, Larry Callahan &Selected of God’s “Lose Yourself” video has been viewed over 508,000 times! This exposure led to widespread visibility and countless opportunities in music, television and other non-traditional sectors.