Jelama Records is the from the visionary mind of Bishop Jerry L. Maynard. It is the Record Label division of Jelama Media Group, a multimedia company committed tom bringing new and innovative products to the masses by way of music, books and new media solutions. And it is Jelama Records' pleasure to introduce the world to their first artist Cathedral of Praise Choir:
Every now and then a church choir breaks through in Gospel music and causes a major buzz. Following in the tradition of the Potter’s House and New Birth Mass choirs yet forging their own path, Nashville, Tennessee’s Cathedral of Praise Church Choir is causing such a buzz in the industry. After years of being known throughout the city and faithfully serving the congregation in song every Sunday, Bishop Jerry L. Maynard felt that it was time for the world to hear what he had known for years: that his church’s choir was something special. Producer and church Music Director Phil Hughley along with partner Elvin “Kiko” Negron caught the vision of Bishop Maynard and in September 2011, under the direction of Kyla Jade, the choir recorded live. Bishop Maynard then founded Jelema Records and on November 6, 2012 released Bishop Jerry L. Maynard Presents the Cathedral of Praise Choir to a #10 debut on Billboard. The 16-track freshman release is a mix of live and studio songs featuring such guest artists as world-renowned worship leader Don Moen, Nia Allen (Cece Winans), Candy West (Marvin Sapp, Myron Butler), Pam Crawford (Chicago Mass, the Tommies), Durward Davis (Sunday’s Best) as well as Bishop Maynard. The lead single “Just Believe!” features Michelle Prather (Kurt Carr Singers and Kevin Davidson & the Voices) and is making a definite statement on Gospel Radio as it is #32 and climbing on the Gospel Billboard charts after debuting at #78 in October. In this first offering the choir’s mission is to not only give the listener a glimpse of what a Sunday at Cathedral of Praise might sound like, but also give worship leaders, church choirs and music departments an album full of fresh and anointed Worship service appropriate material that is as timeless as it is timely. The music industry has yet another burgeoning talent coming out of Nashville, but this time it’s many voices singing as one and they are the Cathedral of Praise Choir.
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