I barely know the song “Praise Is What I Do,” yet the title and the feeling from the song has lingered in my mind and spirit for years. It’s the kind of song that connects with a lot of people, and Shekinah Glory Ministry brought the song to the public many years ago. Since then, the ensemble has done well, and their fourth original CD, “Surrender,” will be in stores on Sept. 25, 2012, from Kingdom Records.
Those living in the Chicago area can witness the dynamic ensemble performing songs from the new album in a special CD release concert taking place, Wednesday, September 26 @ 7 p.m. at Valley Kingdom Ministries International (VKMI), 5300 W. 151st Street, Oak Forest, IL 60452. Admission is free. Ms. Darryll King, the legendary radio announcer from WYCA 102.3 FM in the Chicago area, will host the evening. Gospel luminaries such as The Brown Sisters, Kim Stratton (whom performs the riveting ballad “Broken” on the project) and Maurice Griffin will all perform during the celebration.
The thirteen-track CD was recorded this past April at VKMI where the group delivered another set of soul-stirring original songs that kept the capacity audience on its feet most of the night with hands lifted towards the heavens in praise. Danielle Nightingale Cargo leads the rousing new radio single, “Champion,” that is quickly catching on with Gospel radio programmers like Brodric Purvis. The Louisville, KY-based announcer says, “My listeners love the song. We’re playing it like crazy here.”
Shekinah Glory Ministry first made its mark with the 2001 gold-selling CD, “Praise is What I Do.” Its name means, “the glorified presence of God.” Their CDs Praise Is What I Do (#5 peak Top Gospel Albums) and Shekinah Glory Ministry Live (#3 peak Top Gospel Albums – 103 weeks on the chart) continue to be best sellers and their 2010 CD, Refreshed By Fire, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. Visit www.kingdomrecordsinc.com for further information on SGM and Kingdom Records. —Mark Weber