Robert E. Person Celebrates National Release Of “Next Level”

Robert E. Person, one of D.C.'s most polished and gifted independent gospel artists, released his debut project, The Call in 2004 to rave reviews. Now on the heels of that success, Person delivers another stunning release, Next Level. A mixture of traditional gospel, contemporary gospel and smatterings of pop, jazz and urban music, the CD not only showcases a different musical side of Robert E. Person, but allows him to spread his wings as a songwriter.

Fans of Person in the D.C. area will be able to hear songs like "God Has A Plan", a breathtakingly-beautiful orchestral piece and "Come Sunday", a rendition of Duke Ellington's jazz masterpiece at his National CD Release Concert at Psalms 117 located at 949 Bonifant Street in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at 8:00PM.

Person has been privileged to sing behind some of gospel music's most notable singers including Karen Clark Sheard, Kelly Price and J. Moss. After receiving a 2006 Just Plain Folks Music Awards Song Nomination in the Gospel Song category for his track, "You're Worthy", also from The Call and a review from D.C.'s Christian Newspaper, The Vine calling Robert's work "well-crafted" and "easily mistaken for a veteran effort", Person is prepared for the "next level" of his ministry.

The artist is certainly taking the project to the "next level" with a recently-signed distribution, marketing and promotions deal with Edmondson Communications. Headed by industry veteran Al Edmondson, known for breaking some of the biggest artists in mainstream and gospel music, Edmondson Communications is proud to represent Person. "I think Robert Person is a phenomenal artist, " says Edmondson, "and we are happy to have him on board." With the signing, Robert's music will be played at hundreds of gospel radio stations nationwide and his project will be promoted and distributed nationally. Person is thrilled with the new endeavor and the success that he's already received with Next Level.

"The feedback that I've been getting on this new project is that it's vocally more aggressive than the last project, " says Person. "I'm coming out of my shell, feeling a little more at home in the studio. I was a little intimidated and timid on the last project, but I really wanted to take this project to the next level."

Choosing a favorite on this project will be a feat. Tracks like the church-sounding, "And He Blessed My Soul", the contemporary-flavored "Smile" and the highly-emotive "Surely" are all mesmerizing and uplifting cuts. Listeners will be tempted to hit the Christian club dance floor with the exciting rhythms behind "Clap Your Hands". With every song having "single" potential, tunes like the mellow-sounding "The Water" and the inevitable crossover "If You Believe" make this one of the projects to look out for in 2008.

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