“Stunning,” “flawless” and “moving” are just a few of the words that have been used to describe the crystal clear vocals of Gospel Jazz Vocalist Robert E. Person. With superior vocal control and spirited delivery, the award-winning singer provides the perfect recipe for a memorable music experience. With his SOUL SANCTUARY independent CD release, Robert has become Gospel music’s favorite Jazz Balladeer.
Robert has delivered two impressive indie projects: THE CALL and NEXT LEVEL. His third project has proven to be the charm! SOUL SANCTUARY is being noted as an impressive collection of work flowing effortlessly from traditional to contemporary to smooth Gospel/Jazz. Robert expresses adoration and praise to God throughout the project taking listeners on a sonic journey from the jazz-tinged rendition of the classic “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” to the soothing contemporary ballad “The Glory You’re Due”. The spirited, praise-fused “Gotta Praise” is the radio single from the project that has garnered favorable chart position. The project highlight is a beautiful rendition of the classic “Someday We’ll All By Free” by music legend Donny Hathaway. “It’s been one of my favorite songs and Donny Hathaway has been one of my favorite singers for years,” recounts Robert. “It has a wonderful message and is a popular cover song. My rendition was arranged by Allyn Johnson. We stayed true to the classic nature of the original,” he continues. “The orchestration is a bit jazzier, but we made sure to keep the sentiment and true integrity of the song.”
The Washington DC native developed his talent as a youth staying active in musical theatre with the D.C. Youth Ensemble. He honed his musical craft at the prestigious Morehouse College, and at the University of the District of Columbia. Expanding upon his artistic ability, Robert has performed in musical theatre productions including “The Wiz”, “Purlie”, “Dreamgirls”, and Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity” as well as his “Tambourines to Glory” which was directed by Kenny Leon of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit “A Raisin In The Sun”.
He has worked with diverse musical heavyweights Grammy™ Award winners George Benson, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kelly Price and Gospel music’s J. Moss, Mike McCoy & Voices United and John “Bucky” Tillery. He was privileged to sing for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication in Washington DC and has performed on national television shows: Rejoice In The WORD with Bishop George Bloomer on The WORD Network; Babbie’s House, hosted by popular Christian artist Babbie Mason; Emmy nominated Christian Talk Show I’m Just Saying w/Pastor Dan Willis on TCT Network. In February, Robert debuted to a sold-out performance at the famed Blues Alley, in Washington, DC.
2012 has proved to be a big year for Robert. He was honored with two awards at The Gospel Blue M.I.C. Achievement Awards during the Indie Gospel Alliance Music Conference in Chesapeake, VA. Robert was voted Artist of the Year and awarded one of two distribution awards. Robert’s indie project SOUL SANCTUARY was awarded an exclusive distribution contract with Nashville based New Day Christian Distributors. The Gospel Blue M.I.C. Achievement Awards are organized by Brothaonline.com and the Independent Gospel Artists Alliance, and sponsored by Brothaonline.com and The Independent Showcase.