Pastor Marvin Sapp is by far one of the mot successful gospel recording artists, amassing number one hits like; “He Saw The Best In Me” and “Never Would Have Made It.” Now after recently releasing his milestone 10th CD, , and debuting at number one again, ESSENCE sat down with the busy singer to discuss staying relevant in the ever changing music industry, dating and the enormity of releasing 10 solo projects! Depending on the day, it could be anything from Country to Hip Hop and everything in between. They’ve been around the music industry their while and now that their mother is not here, they play a very big part in shaping my career. I also have a great team of guys and I like to give them the opportunity to shine and share their gifts. I really would like to see another Commissioned record, BUT I only want to do it if Warryn Campbell and Eric Dawkins are producing it. Most times when I go now, I just walk around and take it all in.
How does it feel that you are now on your 10th solo project? To have the opportunity to say something people are still receptive to is a blessing! There is actually a song that I loved that I wanted to go on this album and when I played it for kids, they said absolutely NOT! You probably get this question all the time, but will there ever be another Commissioned reunion project? They grew up listening to Commissioned and with their production and musicality; I think it would do very, very well. What is something that people would be surprised to know about you? I think Walt Disney is the most amazing man that I have been able to study for a short period of time.
So I said, “I’m not recording it.” But she kept bugging me and bugging me, and I finally put it in a medley just to appease her.
I’m so happy I listened to her because it is one of the biggest gospel songs ever.
The church might watch to see exactly where he stands since the NBA Wives mess. Too many busy things going on from her interaction with her manager to what comes off as a huge ego for such a lil woman.
Her vocal prowess was mostly known among the “real singers.” Her projects received critical acclaim but acclaim doesn’t sell units or put you in the forefront. Are they crossing the line as Christian artists by entering into the sordid world of reality television? No man putting his hand to the plow and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God, Luke (off the top of my head translation).
Erica and Tina Cambell have pushed the envelope with their fashion choices which have sometimes been too-tight-for-the-occassion, and with slick, commercial sounding tracks that rival anything pop or R&B could offer.
Their appearances as judges on BET’s “Sunday Best” were heavily criticized as brash, even hypocritical in the comments sections of major gospel blogs, Facebook and Twitter.
Will I be watching these two if they are picked up? Sapp’s show pilot holds promise in that it might appeal to a diverse audience.
The world might watch because they like this socially palatable, Christian man who they’ve come to identify with through his music and now his public mess with lil miss NBA Wives.