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I know all you gospel fans out there have been wondering where Richard Smallwood, one of gospel music’s most talented and gifted composers has been lately. Today, you’ll be pleased to hear about the news that’s been circulating about Smallwood and his famed choir Vision. The Verity Gospel Music Group artist has quietly been locked away in the studio working on a brand new project.

Finally we’re getting sporadic reports on the new album entitled Promises. Scheduled for a fall street date (tentatively set for October 27, 2010), details and samples from the new project from Richard Smallwood, a six-time Grammy nominee, are being kept under wraps. I’m not surprised either. Richard Smallwood and Vision are known to drop incredible records filled with innovative yet classic choral arrangements that are sometimes hard to pull of by church choirs. We wouldn’t want anybody singing the songs during First Sunday service this weekend now would we, huh? Haha!

If you know anything about Richard Smallwood, you’ll know he’s totally one of the best maestros in the business. His grand study of music at the esteemed Howard University, his classical training and composition of songs that are worship oriented and highly effective when leading us into the presence of God are just some of the things that make Smallwood and his catalog of contributions to gospel music so legendary. Just think of the hit “Total Praise.” That song still reigns supreme in the list of choir tunes that has folks instantly going in.

The group’s last effort, Journey: Live In New York, was released in 2007 and also featured guest appearances from The Hawkins Singers, Chaka Khan and Kim Burrell.

I personally cannot wait to hear what comes out of the camp this time around. Nearly three years after his last project, we’re all about to experience more great music from the one and only Richard Smallwood.

Are you excited about the new project? If so, tell us below and don’t forget to tell us why you love Richard Smallwood, too. How about even naming your favorite Richard Smallwood song.

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