Featuring: Lift Him Up, Do You Know Jesus, It's More Than That, Hold Out, No Defeat, Jehovah Reigns, He's Able, Celebrate, Faithful Is Our God, On Tyme God, Grateful
He's the spiritual leader of not one, but two Love Fellowship Tabernacle Churches in Brooklyn, New York and Bensalem, Pennsylvania. He's been bestowed the recording industry's highest honor, the Grammy Award. Twice. He's enjoyed roaring success and acknowledgement from international audiences and musical artists the world over. Such superlatives can only be said of the inimitable and incomparable Elder Hezekiah Walker. Dubbed 'the pastor of Hip Hop' for ministering to Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, Nas, and Lil' Kim, among other urban luminaries, Walker returns in 2005 to do what he does best...performing live before a hometown crowd in New York City. Forgoing studio enhancement and manufactured sounds, Walker presents gospel music the way it's meant to be heard, live and in person, and brings it back to its most organic roots, praise and worship.
Walker's rise from projects dweller to premier pastor is a story that elucidates one incontrovertible truth about gospel music: you don't choose it, it chooses you. Having grown up in Fort Greene, New York, Walker was an orphan before age twenty-one and faced with the most trying of circumstances. Rather than succumbing to the pressures of the streets, Walker opted to follow God's direction for him and charted a most impressive course, becoming a preeminent gospel recording artist and highly respected pastor at the helm of a flourishing church. This album is further evidence of Walker's rightfully deserved praises, striking the ultimate balance between beseeching lyrics and dynamic live orchestration. Recorded earlier this year Walker is in top form, proving his worth and further solidifying his position as one of Gospel's most legendary performers. Labelmate Tonex assumes guest vocal responsibilities on several tracks, while fellow Verity artist Donald Lawrence acts as a producer on the premier single "You Covered Me." As always, Walker is backed by one of his numerous award-winning choirs to bring further power to his incredible sound.
In an age of questionable morality in television, film, and video games reaching our youth, Hezekiah Walker brings contemporary hip-hop credibility to the traditional gospel genre of praise & worship music. Prepare to join him in offering Praise & Worship...Live In New York, available on cd and companion DVD.