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Positive Vibes Only: Watch Ricky Dillard & Choir Perform A Life-Affirming Rendition Of "I'm Free"

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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.

GRAMMYs/Apr 17, 2022 - 02:10 pm

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.

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Positive Vibes Only: Watch Passion Lift Up "He Who Is To Come" In This Healing Performance
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Positive Vibes Only: Watch Passion Lift Up "He Who Is To Come" In This Healing Performance

Atlanta-based worship group Passion shares the feel-good promise of God's return in this stripped-down performance of their new single, "He Who Is to Come," led by longtime member Kristian Stanfill.

GRAMMYs/Mar 4, 2024 - 06:08 pm

There are many uncertainties in life, but Atlanta-based worship group Passion knows one thing for sure: Jesus Christ will return — and He'll reveal a painless, sorrow-free world. Until then, they're praying for it with excitement and patience.

"He is surely coming/ Oh, can you feel it, too?/ All this tension growing stronger/ It's just a sign He's getting closer/ He's already on the move," they sing in the fourth verse of their single "He Who Is to Come."

In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Passion delivers an acoustic version of the track, led by longtime member Kristian Stanfill.

"He Who Is to Come" was first released on December 1, 2023, via Capitol Christian Music Group and Sixstepsrecords, and also saw an appearance from GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Cody Carnes.

On March 1, the group dropped their live album Call on Heaven, including "He Who Is To Come," which they recorded at their sold-out Passion 2024 annual conference at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

"Call on Heaven is the sound of a generation desperate to see Heaven's reality of ceaseless praise become the reality of Earth," Stanfill said in a press statement. "What we experienced at Passion 2024 marked all of us forever. We'll never forget the glimpse of God's holiness, the weight of His glory, or the sound of His people singing."

Press play on the video above to watch Passion's hopeful performance of "He Who Is to Come," and check back to GRAMMY.com every Monday for more new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.

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Positive Vibes Only: 'Choirmaster' Ricky Dillard Shares The Joy Of Worship In A Live Performance Of "Bless Your Name"
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Positive Vibes Only: 'Choirmaster' Ricky Dillard Shares The Joy Of Worship In A Live Performance Of "Bless Your Name"

With the help of a choir and band, worship musician Ricky Dillard leads a heartfelt performance of "Bless Your Name," one of the tracks from his latest album, 'Choirmaster II.'

GRAMMYs/Feb 26, 2024 - 07:30 pm

On his newest project, GRAMMY-nominated musician Ricky Dillard uses his impact to unveil the peace and hope that arrives while worshiping God.

"I believe Choirmaster II is not just an album; it's a divine encounter," he explains in a press statement. "Each song is a testament to the faithfulness of God and the joy that comes from praising Him. I poured my heart and soul into this project and believe it will resonate with audiences and serve as inspiration for years to come."

In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Dillard offers a live performance of one of those glorifying hymns, "Bless Your Name," accompanied by a choir and band.

"No other name shall be exalted/ No other name shall be praised/ No compares to all you do/ We will bless Your name," the chorus cheers in the intro verse. Midway through the performance, soloist Annalisha Jacobs steps in with her electrifying vocals to help take the moving performance home.

In addition to the release of Choirmaster II, Dillard also served as the gospel music arranger for the 2023 adaptation of The Color Purple, starring Fantasia, Taraji P. Henson, and more, and made a cameo in the film.

Press play on the video above to watch Ricky Dillard's comforting performance of "Bless Your Name," and check back to GRAMMY.com every Monday for more new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.

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Positive Vibes Only: Housefires Embrace Community Bonds With This Live Performance Of "We Give You The Highest Praise"
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Positive Vibes Only: Housefires Embrace Community Bonds With This Live Performance Of "We Give You The Highest Praise"

Using call-and-response singing with a passionate crowd, worship collective Housefires embrace the power of community in this performance of "We Give You the Highest Praise," a track from their new album, 'How to Start a Housefire Part III.'

GRAMMYs/Dec 4, 2023 - 06:00 pm

As their name suggests, worship collective Housefires believes music should set communities ablaze — but with passion. That's why, from the start of their career in 2014, they have brought together a diverse group of soloists with different musical upbringings and heritages. And on their newest album, How to Start a Housefire Part III, they're offering 10 more tracks of communal praise of the Lord.

In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Housefires delivers a live performance of the project's B-side, "We Give You the Highest Praise." Led by members Ryan Ellis and Davy Flowers, the song invites listeners to join with call-and-response style singing.

"Lift up His name higher and higher/ Lift up His praise higher and higher/ Because He deserves it all," they chant. "To the One who gave it all/ You can have it all."

Housefires released How to Start a Housefire Part III on Nov. 3 via Capitol CMG / Tribl Records. According to their artist biography, the three-part series is "about stripping away the veneer and illusion of 'success and fame,' within a worship or music industry context" and "meant to be a resource for the church in thought and creed."

Press play on the video above to hear Housefires' unifying performance of "We Give You the Highest Praise," and check back to GRAMMY.com every Monday for more new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.

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Positive Vibes Only: Kings Return Kick Off The Holiday Season With A Jolly Performance Of "Mary, Did You Know?"
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Positive Vibes Only: Kings Return Kick Off The Holiday Season With A Jolly Performance Of "Mary, Did You Know?"

Dallas-based a cappella group Kings Return celebrates the holidays with a unique arrangement of "Mary, Did You Know?," a Christmas classic addressed to Mary, the mother of Jesus.

GRAMMYs/Nov 28, 2023 - 10:42 pm

This Christmas season, Dallas-bred a cappella group Kings Return honor the truth of Jesus — tracing back to the Nativity scene in the Bible when the world first met Him on the track "Mary, Did You Know?"

"Mary, did you know/ That your baby boy is Lord of all creation?/ Mary, did you know/ That your baby boy would one day rule the nations?," the quartet sings. "This sleeping child you're holding/ Is the great I am."

In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Kings Return perform a stunning rendition of "Mary, Did You Know?," standing around one mic to let their four harmonies shine.

"Mary, Did You Know?" is a track from Kings Returns' newest Christmas EP, We Four Kings, which also features original arrangements of festive hits like "Let It Snow," "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and more. We Four Kings is the second holiday EP in their discography; they released their first, A Merry Little Christmas, in 2021.

Kings Return will further celebrate the holiday season with their Holiday Tour, beginning Dec. 1 in Washington D.C. and concluding on Dec. 22 in their native Dallas — just in time for Christmas.

Press play on the video above to hear Kings Return's jolly rendition of "Mary, Did You Know?," and check back to GRAMMY.com every Monday for more new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.

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