Song:The Holy Place
Ricky Dillard has been very successful leading his choir New G since the early 90s. He started out as a traditional gospel choir and then added contemporary elements with albums like No Limit in 2000. He's successful in the gospel market and he's not trying to cross over to pop or R&B. He was born Feb. 25, 1965 in Chicago. He started singing in the local church choir and he led the choir as a teen. James Cleveland was probably Dillard's biggest influence especially the 1972 album Amazing Grace with Aretha Franklin. And Dillard was a member of the Thompson Community Singers in the 80s. Then he formed his own choir New Generation Chorale and released his debut CD in 1991. Dillard recorded a couple of albums for Malaco. They did well but then he switched to Donald Lawrence's Crystal Spring label and Lawrence encouraged Dillard to incorporate contemporary music into his choir. Lawrence was already successfully doing that in his own choir. With the 2000 CD No Limit, Dillard changed the choir name to New G. Since then he has been a regular at the top of the gospel charts and he has been nominated for Grammy and Stellar awards. Dillard has recorded for EMI Gospel and Light. His latest CD Amazing was released in 2014 by EOne Music. They are more distributor than record label but plenty of gospel artists use them. Dillard uses Facebook instead of a website to post tour dates. Most gospel music fans should already be familiar with Dillard. His music is worth checking out. Here's Ricky Dillard & New G performing The Holy Place on the 2001 Stellar Awards broadcast.