Marvin Sapp Plans to Release New Album; Says That it Will Be "Edgy"
Gospel singer Marvin Sapp is still standing.
After losing his wife MaLinda a year ago and becoming a single father to three children, aged 12, 14 and 17, Sapp is finally ready to come out of mourning with a new album documenting his struggles and how he is overcoming them.
"The focus of this record," said Sapp to Billboard.com, "is how you can come through situations and still remain on top. It's about how the enemy has a way of hitting you with stuff to cause you to fold and buckle, but I'm still standing."
Sapp will be literally going in a new direction for his album, choosing for the first time to record his live album at a location other than Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, where he is the senior pastor. Instead, the album will be completed Evangel Cathedral in Marlboro, Md. “It's the first time I've actually done a live record outside of my comfort zone... of Grand Rapids, Mich.," he said. "D.C. is one my largest audiences. They buy tons of records of mine in Washington, D.C.... So we're going to do something different and see how it works."
He should have nothing to worry about. With three highly successful albums under his belt, Sapp is a well-known and lauded gospel performer. After a stint performing with the group Commissioned, Sapp went solo in 1996 and finally released his first album, “Thirsty,” in 2007. That LP was followed by 2010’s “Here I Am,” in which the single “The Best of Me” topped the gospel and urban charts. Although Sapp plans to mix up his upcoming live recorded album with edgier studio recordings, he says he will not venture that far from the writing and recording pattern that has endeared fans to him and earned him a spot as one of gospel music’s elite.
"I feel no pressure because I'm not trying to do anything but stay in the niche I've grown accustomed to,” he said. “One thing I've learned is that as long as I do what my audience enjoys, I'm gonna be alright. I know what they like. I have a formula, and my formula is if it's not broke, don't fix it. Keep doing what you do and people that enjoy what you do are gonna buy your music and love on you. So in the spring of 2012 we'll bring it out and hopefully we'll set records again."
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