Thursday, September 27, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-New Direction
Album:Get Your Praise On
New Direction is a very energetic contemporary gospel choir from Chicago. The two guys behind the choir are brothers Percy Gray Jr. & Jeral Gray Sr. Both acknowledge the late great Milton Brunson as a major influence. Percy has been working with Chicago choirs since 1983 including the Chicago Mass Choir & Milton Brunson's Thompson Community Singers. Jeral had worked in music part time and held a full time job. In 1994, Jeral quit his job and formed New Direction and asked Percy to help him. They have three choirs under the Praise II Choir umbrella; New Direction, Righteous Living & Chapter Ministry Singers. Jeral supervises New Direction. New Direction signed with Word Records' Myrrh label in 1999. Get Your Praise On was their second CD in 2000. It's got great songs and arrangements with a horn section led by sax player Jim Horn and arranged by Lloyd Barry. New Direction moved over to GospoCentric in 2004 and their latest CD Send The Praise was released last year. Most gospel fans will really enjoy New Direction. Here's the video for I Came To Jesus by New Direction. It gives a really good sample of their energy.