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New York, NY– Marvin Sapp’s highly anticipated new CD & DVD I WIN will be in stores tomorrow. Sapp is on a promotional tour that has included stops in Chicago, Philadelphia, D.C., Atlanta and New York – where he made an appearance at the 14th Street Apple Store.  Sapp performed songs from I WIN and was interviewed by Hezekiah Walker during this appearance.  On street date, Sapp will appear at Stonecrest Mall in Atlanta.

I WIN is Sapp’s first CD since the passing of his wife MaLinda – who died of colon cancer in 2010 and it is the first live CD recorded outside of Sapp’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, hometown.  Still, I WIN is indeed a musical triumph, with 10 brilliant tracks that reinforce Sapp’s sentiment that “because I endured, I won.”

“My Testimony,” which debuted on television during the April 1 broadcast of BET’s Celebration of Gospel, is currently #5 at Gospel radio.  “It is a transparent, introspective look at what I came through and how, in the midst of it all, I still maintained and am maintaining my faith,” Sapp says of the single, which he co-wrote with Aaron Lindsey.  “We were crying as the lyrics started coming, and that’s why we have the line ‘if you should see me cry’ in the song. The song’ is about me sharing how I got through it, not just that I got through it.”   Click Here to see the live performance of “My Testimony” during the recording at Evangel Cathedral.

The title track is a soul-stirring ballad that declares “I am an over comer/I know I can conquer anything/with Jesus I am an over comer/I can win…”  The song was written by newcomers Brittney A. Wright and Joshua A. Lay.

A few new songwriters are showcased on I WIN, because Sapp issued a call via Facebook and Twitter for song submissions.  He listened to more than 2,000 songs before finding a few that represented the tone of this CD.   “I think part of my assignment is to give unknown writers and opportunity to be heard on a national scale,” says Sapp, who has always given a chance to up and coming songwriters.  “My prayer is that their names and work will now become a little more prominent.” 

Hailed by The Associated Press as “another victorious album,” I WIN is Marvin Sapp’s 9th solo recording.  He first hit the national stage in 1990 as a member of the groundbreaking group Commissioned.  The group disbanded around 1996 and Sapp launched his solo career.  After a string of Top-Ten radio hits and a considerable following in Gospel music, Sapp saw unprecedented mainstream success in 2007 when a song that started out as a spontaneous moment of worship became a runaway hit at radio.  The song, “Never Would Have Made It,” went on to become the #1 most played song of any genre at radio, and was the first Gospel song to sell 1 million ringtones.  The rest, as they say, is history.

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