Richard Smallwood and Robert E. Person Team Up For I Give You Praise
Gospel balladeer Robert E. Person teams up with the incomparable Richard Smallwood and Roderick Giles and Grace for a redo of the Smallwood Classic I Give You Praise, the first single from his upcoming album Classic Covers.
Smallwood spoke of the song and the collaboration, “I released ‘I Give You Praise’ over 28 years ago and wrote it almost 40 years ago. It is one of my favorite songs and it feels great to teach, record and release it again. “To mentor and collaborate with the younger generation of singers and musicians like Robert is important because our gifts are not our own, they are God given. We have a responsibility to reach back and sow into the next generation.”
Person echoed those sentiments, “Singers record and perform cover songs all the time and having the opportunity to re-make a song with the original artist is rare,” says Person. “Recording with Richard Smallwood was a dream come true, a blessing, and a huge responsibility because he is the consummate musician.”
Praise hits digital outlets on June 16th. Look for the Classic Covers full album in early fall.