Marvin Sapp Returns July 3

MARVIN SAPP REFRESHES THE SOUL WITH HIS 7th SOLO CD

THIRSTY IN STORES JULY 3, 2007 

New York, NY - June 25, 2007 - One of Gospel music's most recognizable voices, Marvin Sapp - the "preacher who happens to sing," returns to a live setting on his 7th solo CD Thirsty.  Produced by Aaron Lindsey, with vocal production by Myron Butler, Thirsty is a powerful, career-defining project for Sapp, who first came to prominence as lead singer for the seminal group Commissioned.

MARVIN SAPP REFRESHES THE SOUL WITH HIS 7th SOLO CD

THIRSTY IN STORES JULY 3, 2007 

New York, NY - June 25, 2007 - One of Gospel music's most recognizable voices, Marvin Sapp - the "preacher who happens to sing," returns to a live setting on his 7th solo CD Thirsty.  Produced by Aaron Lindsey, with vocal production by Myron Butler, Thirsty is a powerful, career-defining project for Sapp, who first came to prominence as lead singer for the seminal group Commissioned.

Recorded live at Resurrection Life Church in Grandville, Michigan, Thirsty (the title based on the scripture "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled - Matt 5:6") offers upbeat praise anthems, such as the buoyant "Magnify" and "Rivers Flow;" and tracks like "Shout Unto God," "Praise Him In Advance," and "Place of Worship," finds Sapp ushering listeners into reverence with a transparent emotion that has become his trademark.  The title track is a beautiful ode to God and the first single - "Never Would Have Made It" - is sure to be an anthem for every believer. 

According to Lindsey, award-winning producer for his work with Israel & New Breed as well as Martha Munizzi, "Thirsty is a CD that will bear witness with anyone who will hear this project. There is a drought or unrest in the body of Christ right now.  The bible says in Amos 8:11 that in the last days there will be a famine for the HEARING of God's word - not the preaching, or the singing, but the HEARING.  There are so many people who are thirsty for the Word and for the presence of God, and not every thing they go and pick up has living water on it.  This record is water for the driest of souls. Anyone who is truly thirsty for God's presence and picks this project up will have their thirst quenched."

On Thirsty - Sapp shows that his five-year hiatus from recording - and the fire of adversity - has given him more experiences from which to minister.  During his recording hiatus, Sapp has been focused on building his church - The Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids - which began with 24 members and has grown to 1500 members in just four years.  He also dealt with the pain of losing three of the most important men in his life (his father, his musical mentor and his spiritual father) during a 90 day period directly preceding the recording of this CD.  He poured the grace that God gave him to endure it all into Thirsty and the result is life-transforming project.

"I've always wanted to encourage the believer," says Sapp.  With all of my music, all of the songs I sing, I am trying to get the believer to understand that the greater one on the inside of them is far greater than any circumstance that goes on around them.

 "My focus has always been to do music that uplifts the believer; that encourages the believer; that strengthens the believer.  It's the same goal I have at my church.  If people leave empowered, then I know I've not only mastered the pulpit, but the pulpit of music as well."

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