Contemporary gospel pioneer is prepping for the release of his next album on Verity Records, titled God, Love & Romance, on January 31, 2012. The two-disc project is said to be a “love album” of sorts, featuring songs about God, relationships and romance.
“This is the soundtrack to my personal love life; these are my heart songs” Hammond says. Â “I sing my worship and I sing the Gospel, but there was something just pulling at me and I wanted to make sure it wasn’t just me wanting to do something to just do something. Â These songs have a purpose and a meaning, particularly for the church.”
Hammond feels that church leadership doesn’t adequately address issues between couples, and that the lack of intervention is leading to divorces. “We don’t talk real in Gospel,” he adds. “We pray, we give in the offering, we tithe, we do fasts, and we have Bible class. Our relationships (in the church) should be the strongest, but 50% of all first time marriages in the church end in divorce and I’m a statistic of that…I believe the thread is that we don’t talk about what’s real.”
Look for Fred Hammond’s new project in January!
What do you think? Is this type of music lacking, but necessary, in the Church community?