Tuesday, June 19, 2012 was a big day for Stellar Award winning gospel artist Byron Cage. The singer released his ninth album, “Memoirs of A Worshiper” and ended the day with an intimate CD listening party at Melody Tavern in Arlington, Va. The intimate gathering was filled with industry peers and well-wishers. Cage demonstrated why he has been called the “Prince of Praise.” He also proved that he knows how to throw a dynamic and electrifying listening party.
The night kicked off with music from Geno and Friends with their jazz flavored instrumental musings. James “Jazzy” Jordan executive vice president, Verity Gospel Music Group and co-executive producer of the CD welcomed attendees. Cage's manager, Tracey Artis reflected on Cage’s long career in the gospel industry. Cage’s mother delivered the opening prayer.
Pastor JoAnn Browning of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, where Cage has served as Minister of Music for 15 years, spoke words of wisdom and recalled that she gave Cage the title, Prince of Praise. She said that she recognized that his “anointing is so powerful.” She also said Cage is “A no foolishness kind of man with an anointing that rests on him. He loves the Lord, serves the Lord and is a worshipper of the Lord.”
Cage sang several songs from “Memoirs of A Worshipper” and was backed by a strong cadre of vocalists. He opened with “Gratitude” featuring Mumen “Mookie” Ngenge.Jeremiah Hicks assumed the vocals on “Victory,” sung by FredHammond on the album and did an outstanding job.Clifton Ross held his own with Cage on “God Anyhow.” He saved the chart-climbing “Great and Mighty” for his final set. The song had many in the room lifting their hands in praise and singing along with the powerful song which was typical of the night. That led to a medley of worship songs.
Cage called Earnest Pugh to the stage and sang his hit “Rain On Us.” That was just the beginning of a string of gospel artists that would hit the stage. Pugh was followed by Lil’ Mo,Phil Bryant and Y’Anna Crawley who all gave their take on the song, sending the room into explosive praise. TyeTribbett, who serves with Cage at Ebenezer took to the stage as well followed by VaShawn Mitchell who sang his signature hit “Nobody Greater.’ The night concluded with Cage’s groundbreaking hit, “The Presence of the Lord.” Cheryl Jackson closed in prayer.
Many fellow artists came out to support the release of “Memoirs of A Worshipper," including Tre Thomas, Jimmy Russell, Charles Butler and gospel industry insider Pastor Jerome Bell. Check out the slideshow for a glimpse of the listening party and a few of the attendees.- Source