The Grammy Award nominated gospel troupe, Anthony Brown & group therAPy’s “Second Wind” live recording blew through the 4,000-seat First Baptist Church of Glenarden (in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.) like a whistling tornado this past weekend. For well over two hours, the dynamic gospel troupe serenaded a sold-out, capacity audience with soul-wrenching ballads and heart-racing, urban tracks with festive, synchronized choreography.
The spectacular five-camera audio and video shoot opened up with the blood-pumping cut, “He Always Wins,” featuring Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell and rapper 1K Phew. Neo-Gospel singer-guitarist Jonathan McReynolds sang “Real” while 20-year-old vocal wonder, Kelontae Gavin, set the building ablaze with the project’s riveting theme song, “Second Wind.” The Super Fan Flash Mob and acrobatic dancers took over on group therAPy’s Go-go-scented radio smash, “Blessings on Blessings” (Key of A Music/ Tyscot/ Fair Trade Services), which is available for streaming/download at this link: http://smarturl.it/BlessingsOnBlessings.
Christian Pop star Natalie Grant appeared on stage with her hands raised before she even sang a note. It set the tone for “You Let Nothing,” a performance so heartfelt that it caused grown men to weep. Tasha Cobbs-Leonard did not fail to pummel emotions with “The Name of Jesus.” Brown and his co-producer Justin Savage created a body of work that boasts something for everyone, ranging from trap sounds to a hymn such as “Sweet Hour of Prayer.”
Gospel music luminaries such as Anaysha Figueroa-Cooper, guitarist Taylor Gamble, Gaye Arbuckle and Jamaican Reggae artist, DJ Nicholas also rocked the stage. However, the dynamic Anthony Brown & group therAPy were still the stars of the show. They gifted the audience with new classics like “Another One,” a profound power ballad that it had the congregation on its feet from the first note. All-in-all, it was an amazing night of eclectic, cutting-edge music with affirmative theatrical movements. The production not only served as a platform for group therAPy but also for the brilliantly talented artists who shared the stage with them. A release date has not yet been set for the highly-anticipated album.
Since they made their national splash in 2012 with the Billboard Top 5 smash, “Testimony,” the group has become one of the leading acts in gospel music with over 125 million digital streams to its credit. They’ve enjoyed a half dozen Top Ten hits such as the 2015 cut, “Worth,” which spent 24 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart. Along the way, they’ve picked up Billboard Music Award and Grammy Award nominations. They have also won an armful of Stellar Gospel Music Awards and a couple of Dove Awards too.