Nashville, TN –Cedarmont KidsÂ® has announced theÂ release of theÂ 46thÂ album in their multi-million-selling series.Â Â The new CD,Â Gospel Sunday School Songs,Â features 15 Gospel classics and spirituals, includingÂ Free At Last , a song made famous in the iconic Martin Luther King, Jr. speech in 1963.Â According to the label, this album marks the first timeÂ Free At LastÂ has been featured on any children’s recording project.Â Since its founding nearly 20 years ago, Cedarmont Kids has sold over 21 million albums and garnered numerous Platinum and GoldÂ certifications for both its audio and video titles. Â Mike and Sue Gay, owners of the Cedarmont label, say this new project was of special significance.
“We spent several years researching songs for this new release, looking for special ‘jewels’ from the African-American church,” says Sue. “We fell in love with songs like My Soul Is a Witness For My Lord, Guide My Feet, and The Welcome Table.Â Then one day, we came across Free At Last and were so moved.Â Immediately, we knew that it needed to be on the CD so that kids could learn this wonderful song.”
Gospel Sunday School Songs was recorded in Cedarmont’s state-of-the-art studio, using some of the most sought-after musicians in Nashville. “I think this is the best CD we’ve ever done,” says Mike. “The players were fantastic, and Sue directed the kids in the choir to sing with authenticity and energy.Â To top it off, we were blessed to work with some talented young soloists like MaKenzie McGuire and Quintavious Johnson.” Johnson, age 10 (pictured above), is a frequent soloist in his hometown of Franklin, Tennessee andÂ recently won first place in the Fourth Annual Demi Lobo national talent contest held in Chicago.Â Johnson won first place in the Most Talented Under 12 competition, beating out 25 other finalists from nine states. “HeÂ blew us away with hisÂ talent and spirit,” Mike adds.Â Â
Cedarmont has built a broad customer base by focusing on well-known classic songs and selling their products at affordable prices. Their diversified catalog now features 46 CDs on five labels:
Cedamont KidsÂ® Classics
Cedarmont Kids GospelÂ®
Cedarmont Worship for KidsÂ®
Fifteen of these titles were Spanish releases. They have also developed a series of eleven DVDs, which are live-action, sing-along versions of the audio recordings.Â Â
During the production ofÂ Gospel Sunday School Songs, Mike shared a story his grandfather told him about growing up in rural southern Georgia where the family traveled to church in a horse-drawn wagon. During bad weather, they would often worship at an African-American church that was much closer to their home. They were always made to feel welcome, even during the tense years of segregation.
“It was not uncommon back then,” explains Mike, “for white families to visit African-American churches, even though it was a segregated society.Â As a result of their fellowship, many wonderful spirituals were transplanted and became well-known in churches of all denominations.Â We hope this new CD will enable people to share these special songs with today’s children so that there will be a renewed spirit of sharing and fellowship to a whole new generation.”