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Out Now: ‘Testimony,’ Gloria Gaynor’s First Gospel Album (Listen)

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Gloria Gaynor has accomplished a lot over the years in her legendary career — but until today, the iconic singer known for her disco-era hits hadn’t released a gospel album.

Testimony was made available on Friday on digital platforms (and CD, click here to pick up a copy), a labor of love from Gaynor and a host of special guest musicians with whom she recorded the album in Nashville:

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.

Gloria Gaynor had previewed the album recently with a re-interpreted version of “Amazing Grace”:

Listen to Testimony in full below, via Spotify:

As was printed in the original album news release, Gaynor has always felt an affinity for this type of record — she just hadn’t released one yet:

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.

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