Today, Chicago native, James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award-recipient, and legendary gospel staple Ricky Dillard shares his latest single “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus” featuring Lisa Knowles-Smith, from his forthcoming album Choirmaster II, out January 26 via Motown Gospel. The new song and project is a perfect example of why Dillard is, and will always be, “the choirmaster.” Decked out in purple robes (a nod to The Color Purple), his iconic The New Generation Chorale deliver a hand-clapping, harmony-stacked performance that is sure to get the listener out of their seat. “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus” is not just a song; it’s a spiritual experience that resonates with the soul. Dillard’s ability to curate a divine musical experience is evident in every note, and with Knowles-Smith by his side, the synergy between these two gospel powerhouses is nothing short of holy.
Choirmaster II is poised to make an indelible mark on the gospel music landscape, reaffirming Ricky Dillard’s status as a true maestro in the genre. As the release date approaches, anticipation is building, and fans can expect an album that not only uplifts the spirit, but also stands as a testament to the enduring power of gospel music. Get ready to be moved, inspired, and immersed in the heavenly sounds of Choirmaster II as Ricky Dillard continues to shape the terrain of gospel music with his unparalleled artistry.
Recently, Dillard served as the gospel music arranger for the new film/musical adaption of The Color Purple starring Fantasia, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, and more –– to which he brought a wealth of experience and musical expertise to. His unparalleled expertise in the genre, coupled with his profound understanding of the emotional and spiritual depth embedded in gospel music, made him the ideal collaborator for this iconic production. As a visionary in his own right, Dillard’s involvement elevated the musical experience of The Color Purple, marrying soul-stirring narrative with uplifting resonance –– creating an unforgettable cinematic and musical journey for audiences worldwide. Catch Dillard’s cameo in the film during the very first scene!
Choirmaster II Track Listing
- I Love The Lord
- Jesus, Jesus, Jesus feat. Lisa Knowles Smith
- Bless The Lord
- Not Far Away feat. Jason Clayborn
- Hold On
- Lord You’re Great
- Fill Us Once Again
- Nobody Like Jesus
- When I Think
- Pray Through
- I Know What Prayer Can Do