SIGNS GOSPEL MUSIC GREAT BYRON CAGE
Chicago, IL – January 17, 2014 – This time last year Pastor Charles Jenkins and his choir, Fellowship Chicago, were heading into Stellar Awards weekend with an incredible eight nominations. It was an exciting time as they ultimately walked away with five wins including Song of the Year, CD of the Year and Choir of the Year.
One year later, the journey to Stellar Awards weekend brings another jubilant moment for Pastor Jenkins. Jenkins, who will appear as a presenter on this year’s telecast, today announced a major signing to his innovative boutique label Inspired People, as award winning artist Byron Cage joins the label’s roster. With the deal literally just inked, there is not a projected release date yet but Cage is expected to begin recording new music this year. Inspired People is proud to be distributed through Motown Gospel.
“Byron Cage is a genuine statesman of Gospel music,” says Pastor Jenkins. “He is an anointed artist and most importantly he is dedicated to God, his people and The Church of Jesus Christ. When this opportunity came to me it was a natural fit for our company. He is a globally revered psalmist, one of the body of Christ’s marquee worship leaders, and a proven voice committed to leading the world in worship to our God while serving beyond the stage. Our team is ecstatic to welcome him as we look forward to serving God’s people together.”
Carlton Jenkins, Vice President of Inspired People Music, says: “We experienced a tremendous amount of success with our Fellowship Chicago project, and it has established the benchmark for what we aim to achieve with every Inspired People project – uplift and inspire the church and the world with God’s message. We are excited to bring Byron Cage into our musical family because it is a partnership that we know will continue to fulfill this vision.
Larry Blackwell, General Manager and Vice President of Motown Gospel, says: “Motown Gospel is thrilled to join Pastor Charles Jenkins in welcoming Byron Cage to the Inspired People Music/Motown Gospel family. We’re elated to embrace Byron’s uniquely gifted talents and award winning pedigree to our collective, dynamic array of artists.”
Tracey Artis, CEO of I Hear Music, Inc. and Byron Cage’s manager says: “I have worked with Pastor Charles Jenkins very closely over the past few years, and I have worked with Byron for more than 25 years. I know that they both have a deep commitment to music, the industry, and moreover, to God, so I thought this would be a great partnership.”
Byron Cage says: “I am extremely proud of Pastor Charles Jenkins. He is a phenomenal leader in the body of Christ, a people’s pastor whose heart for ministry spills over into everything he does. I believe this is why his music ministry has been so blessed. And I believe this is why his business ventures are so blessed. Pastor Jenkins has a vision that is firmly planted in God’s Word. I am honored to be part of the Inspired People family, and look forward to breaking boundaries together.”
Pastor Charles Jenkins is an award winning artist, songwriter, visionary, community leader, and dynamic communicator. Since 2000 he has served as Senior Pastor of Chicago’s Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, where under his leadership the congregation has grown from 2,000 to 12,000 members. Additionally, he is currently leading a $26 million development known as The Legacy Project to promote job creation, public safety, wellness, youth development, and education on the South Side of Chicago. In 2010, Pastor Jenkins founded Inspired People to create a movement for God and good, through music. Its first release was Pastor Charles Jenkins Presents Fellowship Chicago Live: The Best of Both Worlds, which was one of the highest selling and top debuting Gospel albums of 2012. On that album was the infectious international worship song “Awesome,” which was a #1 song at Gospel radio for 22 weeks and garnered numerous nominations and awards. From this platform, Inspired People has developed philanthropic partnerships with World Vision, Charity Water and other international organizations to enlighten, inspire and empower people around the globe.