by Sheilah Belle
Sounds of Blackness (SOB ) has been bringing hope and inspiration to people through their music for the past four decades. As the group celebrates 40 years in music and entertainment, it offers another soaring anthem to resilience of the human spirit. “Fly Again,” the first single on the group’s tenth and self-titled CD, The Sounds of Blackness, reassures the listener that no matter how bad things seem, you’ve got to “just hold on and be strong,” because together we will all soon be able to “FLY AGAIN!”
The group dedicates the song to all of the people of the cities across America and around the world, who have recently suffered unfathomable devastation. As the U.S. and the world mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorists attacks, this song perfectly expresses the sentiments of the nation—that together we can survive and even “celebrate a new day.”
I am writing to urge you to put this song into rotation on your stations, online site(s)/Internet portal, or utilize as a music bed for your television broadcast starting the week of Septembers 4th. As we look back at the horror of the past events, this song will remind us that we have a brighter future.
The Sounds of Blackness is a multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning group of singers and musicians. Under the direction of Gary Hines, the group has performed before millions of people on five continents since 1971. It has a repertoire that includes music ranging from soul to spiritual, R&B to rock, and jazz to world beat, hip-hop, and classical. The new CD, The Sounds of Blackness, features three generations of singers. It contains new songs, as well as new arrangements of popular classics such as The Beatles’ hit “Hey Jude.” Special guests appearing on the CD include GRAMMY winner Norman Brown, jazz vocalist Doris Hines, XROSS, and the Dreamers Union Choir. “Fly Again” features the phenomenal lead vocalist Jamecia Bennett, daughter of the incomparable Ann Nesby, a former lead singer with SOB, and mother of Paris Bennett, a finalists on American Idol Season 5.
Sounds of Blackness recently signed with Jackson Mississippi-based Malaco Music Group. Much of the historic label was destroyed in a tornado in April, 2011, however the company too will “Fly Again” and will release the SOB CD on October 18, 2011.
Attached are Special Edition “Patriotic” Sounds Of Blackness “Fly Again” images to utilize online and for print.