You know Gloria Gaynor for her classic career as one of the foremost singers of the disco era known for hits including “I Will Survive” and many more — but on June 7 Gaynor will release a new gospel-themed studio album.
Testimony will be her first gospel record, and was recorded in Nashville with a host of special guests and producers. From the news release:
Special guests Yolanda Adams, Jason Crabb, Mike Farris, and Bart Millard (MercyMe), as well as powerful backup vocals from Latrese Bush, Melinda Doolittle, and Jason Eskridge. The project features a lineup of extraordinarily talented musicians: Daru Jones (drums), Drew Ramsey (guitar), Shannon Sanders (keyboards/B3), Jason Webb (piano/keyboards), and Willie Weeks (bass). The group recorded together in the former RCA Studio A in Nashville’s Music Row – the iconic setting where Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, and countless other country legends have laid hits down.
The first single from the album is her fresh take on “Amazing Grace” — which almost sounds like a different song, thanks to the inventiveness with which this composition was put together. Stream it below:
Gospel is something that’s always been very close to Gloria Gaynor’s heart, as her faith helped her out back in the day:
With a career in an era where drugs and alcohol were the norm, Gaynor credits God with guiding her through. Over the years, she’s often changed the lyrics of “I Will Survive” to express her faith. Testimony isn’t Gaynor’s first time recording a Christian album; in 2013, she released We Will Survive, a collection of contemporary Christian songs and a remix of “I Will Survive.” To coincide with the release of that album, Gaynor published her second book, We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song, a collection of stories from people who have been touched and encouraged by Gaynor’s signature song. Her audio recording of the book was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.