Harlem Records to Release Gospel Album 'Hey Jude', 4/29

Harlem Records to Release Gospel Album 'Hey Jude', 4/29

Harlem Records announces its first full-length album release. The Harlem-based independent record label that previously released the Cissy Houston EP "Walk on By Faith" in May 2012, and the Gospel for Teens Choir extended CD-single "Yes, We Can" in November 2012, will release the "HEY JUDE," a full-length collection of never-before released gospel versions of classic pop songs. "HEY JUDE" will be available for download on iTunes beginning Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Founded in 2012 by Vy Higginsen (President & CEO), Harlem Records also announces that Knoelle Higginson-Wydro, who has officially joined the burgeoning label as Vice President, will oversee the release of several full-length gospel albums via iTunes throughout the year.

Produced by Ms. Higginsen, "HEY JUDE" features gospel versions of hit pop songs from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. "HEY JUDE" features covers of three Beatles hits, a John Lennon classic, and songs originally made famous by artists such as Ben E. King, Carole King, Quincy Jones and Benard Ighner, and Gladys Knight. The numbers, performed by members of Ms. Higginsen's New York Harlem Gospel Choir, were originally recorded a decade ago as part of Ms. Higginsen's deal with Toshiba EMI. This release marks the first time that the collection will be available in the United States. Many of the performers were featured in worldwide productions of Ms. Higginsen's musical Mama, I Want to Sing. One of the featured soloists is pop legend Doris Troy (1937-2004), the writer and performer of the pop classic "Just One Look." Ms. Higginsen's sister, Troy was the inspiration behind the musical Mama, I Want to Sing.

According to Ms. Higginsen, "I am excited to share this collection of great gospel covers, especially the ones originally performed by the Beatles, with America. Fifty years ago, that iconic group took this country by storm. Around that same time, my sister Doris, was a singer living in London, signed to the Beatles' Apple Records, and as a young woman, I had the pleasure of being in a studio with Doris and John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was a thrilling experience, and I have been moved by their artistry ever since. For me, this album is above all a celebration of that moment in time. A tribute to Doris, the Beatles and other great artists of that era . . . the musicians who shaped my generation."

"HEY JUDE" track list:

1. Hey, Jude (5:46) -- By John Lennon / Paul McCartney

Soloist: Richard Tipton

2. Let It Be (5:48) -- By John Lennon / Paul McCartney

Soloist: Mariyah Minyon

3. All You Need Is Love (5:53) -- By John Lennon / Paul McCartney

Soloist: Tyrone Flowers

4. Imagine (3:42) -- By John Lennon

Soloist: Tracy Jenkins

5. Stand By Me (4:53) -- By Ben E. King / Jerry Leiber / Mike Stoller

Soloist: Dejahnee Richardson

6. Every Breath You Take (3:59) -- By Gordon Matthew Sumner

Soloist: Maurice Lauckner

7. Everything Must Change (5:14) -- By Benard Ighner

Soloist: Melanie Price

8. You've Got A Friend (6:44) -- By Carole King

Solist: Ronald Grant

9. (Jesus Is) The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me (5:59) -- By Jim Weatherly

Soloist: Doris Troy

10. Gospel Medley (5:32)

Songs: Charles Hayes, Public Domain

Soloists: Darren Page, Melanie Price, Dejahnee Richardson

Backed by members of the New York Harlem Gospel Choir:

Sopranos: Knoelle Higginson, Mariyah Minyon, Melanie Price, Rae Selmon