The WhispersThe Whispers Announce Fall Concerts and Release First Major Radio SingleÂ
The legendary R&B group, The Whispers, have put the final touches on their first gospel and inspirational CD, Thankful (Kingdom Records) that will hit stores nationally on October 20, 2009.Â The smooth first radio single â€œThou Art with Meâ€ is winning over gospel and Urban AC radio programmers.Â Michael Tee at WXST in Charleston says, â€œItâ€™s Gospel meets Quiet Stormâ€ while Skip Dillard at New Yorkâ€™s WBLS says, â€œItâ€™s a really nice song. I could see it in gospel and R&B rotation.â€Â
According to Radio & Records, the song is the 2nd most added song at Urban AC radio this week -Â just behind Brian McKnightâ€™s latest release.
The Whispers and Fred Hammond produced the 10-song CD of original music. â€œWorking with The Whispers was truly a dream come true,â€Â
Hammond says. â€œI grew up listening to The Whispers and patterned a large part of my personal vocal style after, who have now become affectionately known as, uncles Scottie and Walter. It was my pleasure to be a part of this awesome God ordained project.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve been wanting to do this for ten years. God has been really, really good to the Whispers,â€ says founding member Nick Caldwell. â€œHe was looking out for us even when we were ignoring Him. He allowed us to live long enough to do this inspirational CD that we want to use to inspire people to get closer to God.â€
With almost 50 R&B chart singles, The Whispers are one of the most successful vocal groups in soul music history. Twin brothers Wallace and Walter Scott (aka â€œScottyâ€) formed the group in 1963 with Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson and Gordon Harmon (replaced by Leaveil Degree in 1973). They sang on the street corners of the Watts area of Los Angeles before they earned their first record deal in 1964. The label chief named them The Whispers because of their smooth sound. Since then the group has enjoyed a string of hits that has maintained their position as one of urban musicâ€™s top concert draws.
Among their dance-oriented hits are the #1 Billboard R&B chart singles â€œAnd the Beat Goes Onâ€ and â€œRock Steady.â€ Other rhythmic hits include â€œItâ€™s A Love Thingâ€ and â€œKeep on Loving Me.â€ The group has also laid down their share of classic slow jams such as â€œLadyâ€,Â â€œJust Gets Better with Timeâ€, â€œIn the Moodâ€ and â€œSay Yes.â€Â The Grammy and American Music Award nominated ensemble has earned seven gold or platinum singles or albums, a 2002 NAACP Image Award and they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003.
The Whispers will be including a couple of the songs from the new project in their fall tour of concert dates. The confirmed dates include:
Saturday, September 26, 2009 @ 7:30 p.m. (Tickets $40) Phone: 212-997-4144
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036Â
Saturday, September 26, 2009 @ 10:00 p.m. (Tickets $40) Phone: 212-997-4144
Sunday, September 27, 2009 @ 7:30 p.m. (Tickets $75)Phone: 703-549-7500
The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 703-549-7500Â
Saturday, October 17, 2009 @ 7: 30 p.m.Â (Tickets $52 - $97) Phone: 410-685-5086
The Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 7:30 p.m.(Tickets $37.50 - $69)Phone: 516-334-0080
Capital One Bank Theater, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY
November 28, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m. (Tickets $70 - $130) Phone: 800-745-3000
Star Plaza Theater, 1-65 at U.S. 30, Merrillville, IN.