Contemporary Gospel Performer Tye Tribbett & G.A. Enter the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart at #1 with 'Stand Out,' the New Spirit-Filled Full-Length Live Album on Columbia Records

Tye Tribbett & G.A. Achieve 2nd #1 Gospel Debut In A Row With "Stand Out"


Stand Out, the eagerly anticipated new full-length live album from the contemporary gospel singer/songwriter/performer Tye Tribbett and his gospel choir and musical ensemble, G.A. (Greater Anointing), has just entered the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart at #1. Released on Tuesday, May 6, Stand Out is Tribbett's second straight #1 Gospel debut, following the precedent established by Victory Live!, the gospel artist's last album, which entered the Top Gospel Albums chart at #1 after its release in May 2006.

Already a crossover success, Stand Out has just debuted at #16 on the Billboard Top 200, readily surpassing Victory Live!'s peak (#64) on that chart. Driven by the #1 Gospel Radio single, "Victory," Victory Live! earned Tribbett two Stellar Awards and three Grammy nominations -- Best Gospel Performance ("Victory"); Best Gospel Song ("Victory"); and Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album.

Recorded live at Rock Church International in Virginia Beach on August 17, 2007, Stand Out premieres a group of new musical testimonies to the Power of the Word and the Glory of the Holy Spirit, each written or co-written by Tye Tribbett: "Stand Out," "Hold On," "Look Up," "I Need You," "Prodigal Son," "All Hail The King," "Hallelujah," "Let Us Worship," "So Amazing," "He Has Made Me Glad," "I Made It Through," "Chasing After You," and "Well Done." As an added blessing for Tribbett fans, Stand Out includes the hidden bonus track, the single "Good In The Hood."

Tye Tribbett, a co-host, along with Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary, at the 22nd Annual Stellar Awards ceremony, and G.A. have performed with a variety of pop and gospel superstars ranging from Justin Timberlake and Faith Hill to Mary J. Blige, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell and Israel Houghton.

Tye Tribbett sponsored his second annual youth conference earlier this year in the Poconos, with more than 1,000 attending. He will be performing at this year's Essence Festival in New Orleans.

Born in Camden, New Jersey, Tye Tribbett is the son of two preachers...both his mother and father wore the cloth...and Tye himself, a loving husband and father of two daughters, has responded to the Call, going on to minister through his music and the Living Word. Growing up surrounded by hymns and gospel music, Tye learned to make music at an early age. "I've been playing all my life," he explains. "Before I knew my ABC's, I knew the ABC's on the keys." As a teenager, he honed his skills as a keyboardist by accompanying such regional notables as Steve Middleton, the late James Viner and the Tri-State Mass Choir of the Edwin Hawkins Music & Arts Seminar.

In 1996, Tye founded a gospel choir, Greater Anointing (G.A.), consisting of a group of family and friends whose hearts were set simply on praising the Creator through the gift of great music. Tye knew from the beginning they'd tapped into something real and glorious. "That first rehearsal blew my mind," he says. "The musicianship, the quality of the voices and the spirit of the choir, the character of everybody...I knew that this was it. I knew that this is what I was supposed to be doing."

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