Posts Tagged ‘LeChateau Earl Records’

Damien Sneed Inks Deal With Central South, Featured In PBS Documentary

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Damien directsDamien Sneed announced news of a distribution agreement with Central South for his LeChateau Earl Records label and the March 3rd release of his highly anticipated double disc Broken To Minister featuring the Levites. The CD was recorded live in Baltimore during the Church of God in Christ Auxiliaries in Ministry Convention.

The works of Sneed and his Chorale LeChateau will be featured alongside jazz great Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in the PBS documentary Everyone Has A Place premiering in Charlotte on February 3rd and will air in selected markets across the country throughout the Spring.  The documentary was filmed at Charlotte’s Friendship Missionary Baptist Church during the 16-city national tour of the Abysinnian Mass.

Tekesha Russell Sings of Wondrous Things on Debut CD

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

LeChateau Earl Records annTR Coverounces the  digital release of Wondrous Things, the debut release of singer/songwriter and worshiper Tekesha Russell.  Wondrous Things is the fourth release from the label, which was founded by  celebrated producer and recording artist Damien Sneed and noted pastor, preacher, evangelist and author Bishop Iona Locke. 

“Tekesha is a modern-day David”, exclaims Bishop Locke. This project is a compilation of thoughts and conversations with God, as well as observations about the world around her. Wondrous Things has a sound of its own, unlike anything that we have heard in gospel music. The uniqueness of this worship album takes us into the heart and mind of Russell, a gifted songwriter and an amazingly skilled vocalist. The single and title track exclaims how God only does wondrous things. “I’m really excited about seeing God’s promises fulfilled in this CD,” says Russell. “I was able to realize a dream of not just singing but composing and actually seeing my writing published. For a first project, this was a good marriage of composition and musicianship. I actually get to bring maximum glory to God.”  Look for Wondrous Things at CDBaby, Amazon and iTunes.

 


Lawrence Brownlee and Damien Sneed Featured On NPR’s All Things Considered

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Music fromSpiritual Sketches Cover Spiritual Sketches, the LeChateau Earl Records release from celebrated tenor Lawrence Brownlee and master pianist Damien Sneed was featured on the weekend edition of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered program.  NPR Music’s Tom Huizenga notes that the record does a great job of blending Brownlee’s awesome opera technique with very soulful singing.  All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden echoed Huizenga and said that Sneed and Brownlee’s powerful performance of  All Night, All Day is reminiscent of “Sunday Morning” and puts tears in your eyes.

Sneed and Brownlee celebrated the release of Sketches with a performance at Harlem’s historic Abyssinian Baptist Church as well as a Meet the Artist session at the Apple Store in Soho New York.

 

 

Lawrence Brownlee and Damien Sneed Team Up For Spiritual Sketches

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

BrownleeLawrence Brownlee carries the distinction of being one of the most sought after singers in classical music today.  The international opera star paired up with his friend, Grammy award nominated producer and pianist  Damien Sneed for Spiritual Sketches,  a ten song set containing traditional spirituals scheduled for a June release on Sneed’s LeChateau Earl record label.

Brownlee used his experiences growing up as a child in church as a backdrop for the disc. “My musical background started with exposure to church music. I come from an extremely musical family, with both parents being gifted singers. My father was also the church choir director. There was a lDamienSneedove of music that was passed on to me and my five siblings; all of them are still involved in music to varying degrees. That early exposure in addition to a strong music education throughout all my years of schooling allowed me to be influenced by so many styles of music including classical, jazz, gospel. As a singer of color, I felt the unique responsibility not only to carry a torch that has been passed on by my predecessors, but to expand on the traditional negro spirituals.”

Brownlee and Sneed have performed selections from the disc as part of his solo recital tour.  Their captivating rendition of All Night All Day has been met with standing ovations at each performance.  Brownlee will do a special in store performance on June 9th at the Apple Store in New York and the disc will be available on iTunes on June 11th.

Damien Sneed Plans DVD Recording For July 6th

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Damien Sneed JulyDamien Sneed announced a Live DVD taping for his group, The Levites in Baltimore on July 6th.  Sneed and The Levites took top honors at this year’s Gospel Heritage Conference Showcase and their hit Broken To Minister featuring Bishop Iona Locke is touching the lives of people across the country.

His latest offering, the LeChateau Earl Records Compilation featuring the hit singles Broken To Minister and Here With You is available via iTunes and Amazon.com

Damien Sneed Releases Compilation February 12th

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Lechateau coverGreat things are happening for Damien Sneed.  Following his tenure as Season 4 Music Director for BET’s hit show Sunday Best, Sneed joined Wynton Marsalis in performance at the opening of the 2012 Olympics, accompanied opera diva Jessye Norman at the International AIDS conference Gala, made his debut at Carnegie Hall, toured Spain with the Coro de Gospel de Madrid and accompanied Rhonda Ross at the Presidential Inaugural Ball.

In addition to his travels as music director for Karen Clark Sheard, Sneed now gears up for the imminent release of a compilation on his newly formed LeChateau Earl Records label on February 12th.  With music from his own Introspections CD featuring his group The Levites and Kingdom Victory Live, the musical debut of Bishop Iona Locke, LeChateau Earl Records is poised to take its place Damien picas a gospel music staple.

At radio is Here With You , featuring an unforgettable guest vocal performance by Light Records’ recent signee Anaysha Figueroa Cooper.   Both Bishop Locke and Damien Sneed will tour in support of the CD release.

In the Mix – The January Wrap Up

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Better2013 is taking shape as the last day of January marks the release of great gospel music into the marketplace. After a few problems with iTunes yesterday, things finally got “Better” for Charles Butler, Jr and Trinity. Better is the first single from the DC based group on the EPM Music Group Label and the full project is slated for a February 26th release.  GOSPELflava caught up  with Pugh and Butler at this year’s Stellar Awards Weekend.  http://blog.gospelflava.com/2013/01/27/earnest-pugh-introduces-new-artist-charles-butler/ (more…)