Simply uttering the phrase “you thought I was worth saving” from Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy’s radio single “Worth” is chill inducing. Those chills led to a 2016 Grammy award nomination and a historic night at the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards last night in Las Vegas. Brown was nominated in 10 categories and walked away with a win in each. Last year, Erica Campbell’s jaw dropping eight awards total seemed sure to stand for years to come. That was until, Brown released his latest album, “Everyday Jesus” on Tyscot Records.
Brown shared the historic clean sweep with Group TherAPy, friends and family and was overcome with emotion as he made speech after speech during the awards and pre-show Friday evening. The success of Brown’s latest with Group TherAPy, “Everyday Jesus” is bolstered by the smash “Worth” which continues to win at radio. From its rock inspired opening chord, the song draws in listeners and doesn’t let go until the last refrain: “…because I am free, because I am whole now I can tell everyone I know!”
Though Brown didn’t collect a Grammy last Monday, Kirk Franklin whose single “Wanna Be Happy” off his “Losing My Religion” album chose to honor the other nominees on stage during his acceptance speech and backstage. In it, he deemed Brown, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds and Brian Courtney Wilson as the future of gospel music. However this past weekend at the Stellar Awards it was Brown who emerged as reigning royalty in the genre.
“This doesn’t happen by osmosis. The Lord found me in the pasture where I was serving. God didn’t find me on the stage, He found me in the field working and serving.”
Brown and Group TherAPy have changed not only the way you tell your ‘testimony’, but the way you enjoy gospel music by changing the norm of contemporary gospel and labeled ‘too far’. The group rewrote definitions and took urban contemporary gospel music further than it’d ever dare go…into pure worship! Fueled by a bevy of testimonials,the group inspired people of God all over to speak out and tell of the goodness of Jesus in their lives and even groove to the beat while doing so.
With “Everyday Jesus”, and last weekends Stellar coup, Brown has woven himself into the patchwork of modern musical maestros with the pulse of gospel music in his fingertip. Brown is weeks away from producing label mate Ruth La’Ontra’s live recording, adding to his resume yet another solid effort as songwriter and producer.
With collaborations like La’Ontra, Brown’s role progression moves from student to teacher. Brown’s , mentor Maurette Brown-Clark celebrated Brown historic weekend:
It goes beyond my wildest dream to know somebody that listened to me…he listened to me like a mother and to watch him on to watch him on the stage tonight to receive the nominations and awards, they’re well deserved and I’m glad to be a witness to it.”
Years ago, Brown-Clark advised her young prodigy about music creation, production and expression.
“It’s the lyrical content, it’s everything meeting together. It’s great production, it’s great songwriting, great vocals, mix, mastering…it’s about the song! If you keep writing songs, you are a Richard Smallwood, you are Donald Lawrence…
Brown took heed to the advice of his mentor and is now a gospel music history maker with wins at the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. Stay tuned for more updates about Brown and a full recap of Stellar weekend in Las Vegas.