(Brooklyn, NY) âˆ’ The Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir will releaseÂ its 29th album via Provident Distribution on February 10, 2015. The CD entitled, Pray, featuresÂ fourteen new songs, eleven of which were co-written by choir director, Carol Cymbala.Â Cymbala believesÂ that choirs are still an integral part of congregational worship.
â€œThe ultimate purpose of a choir is to lead the congregation into the presence of God,â€ says Cymbala. Â â€œPrayer is vital.Â Preparing the choir spiritually is so important. I do feel strongly that the idea ofÂ many voices lifted up to the Lord, unified and in harmony, is a powerful thing. We also read of choirsÂ in the Bible going forth and singing before the battles were waged.â€
The Choir will premiere the new recording on Sunday, February 8 at the Brooklyn Tabernacle, 17Â Smith Street, Brooklyn, New York at 3:00 p.m. Pray is produced by Carol Cymbala and Jason Michael Webb.
Since its inception over 40 years ago when the Choir began with only nine members, Cymbala has never readÂ music â€“ though she has written numerous hit songsâ€”and the choir has never used charts.Â The 300-voiceÂ choir is a blend of ethnic and economic backgrounds, with members ranging from lawyers and doctors toÂ former drug addicts.
â€œWhile the new Pray CD has an eclectic mix of songs,â€ says Cymbala, â€œit is also reminiscent of theÂ traditional Brooklyn Tabernacle sound.Â Beyond the songs, I really believe that it is very importantÂ that the members of our choir â€“ or any choir– should have a heart for God and a heart for ministry.Â Ultimately, we need to focus on seeing lives changed through the power of the Gospel in song. I prayÂ that there would be more choirs that would be raised up in the day that we are living in so that we canÂ sing a song of victory to our God because He is worthy of all our praises.â€
The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir has performed at major music venues such as Radio City Music Hall,Â Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden.Â Their accolades include six Grammy Awards, seven Dove AwardsÂ (Gospel Musicâ€™s Grammy equivalent), two #1 Billboard charting CDs and over four million albums sold.Â The choir sang â€œThe Battle Hymn of The Republicâ€ at President Obamaâ€™s second inauguration ceremony onÂ the steps of the U.S. Capitol to a worldwide television audience of over a billion people. The ChoirÂ has performed on various national TV shows including Good Morning America and Fox and Friends, amongÂ others.Â Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir was featured on the cover of The New York Times and highlighted inÂ Time Magazine.Â The choirâ€™s previous CD, Love Lead the Way, debuted at #1 on the iTunesÂ Christian/Gospel album chart last year. For more information, visit www.brooklyntabernacle.org