Positive Vibes Only: Watch Ricky Dillard & Choir Perform A Life-Affirming Rendition Of "I'm Free"
Good luck staying in your chair. Gospel powerhouse Ricky Dillard and his thunderous choir practically compel you to your feet with their performance of "I'm Free" in this edition of Positive Vibes Only.
Chicago-based gospel powerhouse Ricky Dillard is no stranger to praise. The five-time GRAMMY nominee is joined by his New Generation Chorale in a rousing performance of "I’m Free," a celebration of life and joy.
The dynamic track is from Dillard’s album Breakthrough: The Exodus, which was released on Motown Gospel in January. Breakthrough features incredible harmonies and a breathtaking range. Each song on the album is accompanied by live recordings and video performances.
Dillard views his previous album, Choirmaster — which was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Gospel Album in 2021 — as a "part one" of Breakthrough. Together, the two releases act as "Sunday morning" and "Sunday evening" soundtracks.
With his soaring voice and resounding choral backup, Ricky Dillard has been a source of inspiration for over 30 years. As a director, producer and songwriter, Dillard understands that the church choir is the foundation of gospel music. With "I'm Free," Dillard is doing his part to keep the choir front and center.
Check back every Sunday for more good energy from new episodes of GRAMMY.com's Positive Vibes Only series.
Positive Vibes Only: Hillsong Worship Performs A Tender, Reverent Version Of "Hosanna"
Led off by a strengthening talk from TV personality and host Jason Carter, Hillsong Worship leads viewers in praise with a performance of "Hosanna"
Our family, friends, jobs and every other sector of life are bound to let us down now and again. But music may be the only component of our existence that always does us a solid. TV personality and host Jason Carter is keenly aware of this.
"It's a safe space; it's a solace; it's a comfortable blanket that we all need from time to time," Carter says in the latest episode of Positive Vibes Only. "Especially after everything we've been through in the last year, many are finding it hard to adjust to their new normal and what that looks like."
That said, "You can always rely on music to put a smile on your face," Carter says. He then introduces Hillsong Worship, a devout duo who performs its ascendant song, "Hosanna," on voice and piano while shrouded in monochrome.
Check out Hillsong Worship's tender performance above and watch more episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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GRAMMY.com's New Positive Vibes Only Digital Series Is Coming To Motivate, Affirm & Uplift
The series will include performances by Christian music artists Hannah Kerr and Wande, Latin GRAMMY-nominated group Miel San Marcos, GRAMMY-nominated singers Jekalyn Carr, Jonathan McReynolds, Kierra Sheard, and more
Motivation, affirmation, and uplifting energy are at the core of GRAMMY.com’s latest digital series Positive Vibes Only. Each installment will feature a performance by an artist or group that records gospel, Christian or inspirational music. As an added bonus, each episode will open with a message of encouragement from a diverse roster of spoken word artists, poets, motivational speakers, social media influencers, and spiritual leaders.
The premiere episode will feature founder of the OnPurpose Movement and creator of the International Day of Purpose Jovian Zayne, and a special performance by GRAMMY-nominated group Elevation Worship.
"With so much going on in the world around us, we can all use a little encouragement," shared GRAMMY.com Editor in Chief Justin Dwayne Joseph. “This series is not about pushing a specific religious belief on anyone, but it is my hope that those in the music community and at large know that all is not lost. We individually and collectively have the power to help turn things around.”
The series will also feature performances by Christian music artists Hannah Kerr and Wande; Latin GRAMMY-nominated group Miel San Marcos; GRAMMY-nominated singers Jekalyn Carr, Jonathan McReynolds, Kierra Sheard, Koryn Hawthorne, Mali Music, and Natalie Grant, as well as GRAMMY-winning singers Kalani Pe’a and Lauren Daigle.
Spoken word artist J. Ivy, poet Sabrina Benaim, host of OWN’s #LoveGoals Spirit, and internet sensation and actress Tabitha Brown are among the speakers who will open each episode.
The series is produced and directed by Alina Vission and executive produced by Justin Dwayne Joseph and Paul Madeira.
Positive Vibes Only: Kierra Sheard And Karen Clark-Sheard Deliver Striking Performance Of "Something Has To Break"
The two-time GRAMMY-nominated gospel singer-songwriter is joined by her mother, four-time GRAMMY-winning gospel icon Karen Clark-Sheard, in a heartwarming performance that speaks to the social justice movements happening across the U.S. today
Whether the last seven days went well or proved challenging, rest assured that you can now end your week on a high note with another blessed episode of Positive Vibes Only, GRAMMY.com's new digital series offering motivation, affirmation and uplifting energy.
This week's episode is a special double dose of love and worship.
Two-time GRAMMY-nominated gospel singer-songwriter Kierra Sheard delivers an emotionally powerful and visually stunning performance of her new single, "Something Has To Break," a standout track off her newly released, chart-topping album, KIERRA. As an added bonus, Sheard's mother—the four-time GRAMMY-winning gospel icon and The Clark Sisters founding member, Karen Clark-Sheard—elevates the heartwarming performance to sky-high levels.
Interwoven with striking images from the current nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, this unique performance captures the fervent energy and emotional spirit of the social justice movements happening across the U.S. today.
Ahead of the performance, Maria Menounos, a beloved media personality, actress and host of the "Better Together With Maria Menounos" series, offers some words of wisdom about the power of knowledge for achieving personal growth.
GRAMMY.com's newly launched Positive Vibes Only series aims to affirm audiences everywhere as the country continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic and racial reckoning. The series will feature upcoming performances by Christian music artists Hannah Kerr and Wande; Latin GRAMMY-nominated group Miel San Marcos; GRAMMY-nominated singers Koryn Hawthorne, Mali Music and Natalie Grant; and GRAMMY-winning singers Kalani Pe'a and Lauren Daigle.
Spoken word artist J. Ivy, poet Sabrina Benaim and internet sensation and actress Tabitha Brown are among the speakers who will open each episode.
(L-R): Keith Ganz & Kate McGarry
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Positive Vibes Only: Watch Kate McGarry And Keith Ganz Ensemble Perform "It Happens All The Time In Heaven," A Lush Look At Love
In the latest episode of Positive Vibes Only, let life partners/jazz performers Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz warm your heart with a performance of "It Happens All The Time In Heaven"
Music history is full of horror stories stemming from couples working together. So, when life partners shine on stage together on a romantic tune, the world just seems a little sweeter.
In the newest episode of Positive Vibes Only, jazz vocalist Kate McGarry and guitarist Keith Ganz deliver that magic on "It Happens All the Time In Heaven." Framed by an ensemble of upright bass, drums and piano, the duo's gentle interplay and sidelong glances perfectly showcase their nearly two decades working together, charmingly unfolding like an unspoken language of love and dazzling musicality in equal measure.
"My dear, my dear/ How can I be more loving to you?" McGarry repeats on the chorus, the bass strolling gently behind her — a clarion call for more love in the world.
Check out the endearing clip above and enjoy more episodes of Positive Vibes Only below.