Song:You Are Worthy
Album:I See Victory
Youthful Praise has been one of the top contemporary gospel choirs for at least a decade. I've known about them for at least that long. I See Victory is their latest CD. Youthful Praise is from Bridgeport, CT led by James "J.J." Hairston. Their base is Turner's Faith Temple in Bridgeport and they were originally called Teens of TFT. The choir got the attention of James D. Robinson Jr., co-owner of the gospel music website GospelFlava.com and they started Evidence Gospel and Youthful Praise was their first signing. Evidence would merge with Light Records and in 2010 Light was sold to Entertainment One. Robinson still works with Youthful Praise and he has also produced Coko, Shirley Caesar and Jessica Reedy. Awesome God was Youthful Praise's debut CD in 2001 and it was nominated for two Stellar awards and a Soul Train award. Since then they have released new music every couple of years and appeared regularly on BET's Bobby Jones Gospel. Hairston writes all the songs and leads the choir. On their 2014 CD I See Victory, VeShawn Mitchell, Donnie McClurkin, Jason Nelson and Karen Clark-Sheard are among the guest vocalists. Choir member Melissa Bethea sings lead on You Are Worthy. I think they are a very energetic choir and if you're a gospel music fan, you should check them out. Their website is under construction meaning they probably have a new CD coming. Here's J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise featuring Melissa Bethea performing You Are Worthy.