Gospel Music, still making History.
Just when you thought Gospel Music had reached its peak in the U.S. And other parts of the world. For the first time in the history of Japan or Asia, this team has managed to record and produce their thousand-voice choir and releases their debut CD worldwide this summer 2015.
The producer of this project, Jett Edwards, is a Tokyo-based producer and Gospel artist who once worked for The Jackson's family label (Jackson Records as A & R Director). Edwards is also a Company CEO, bassist, songwriter and Artist Manager, working with artist and companies such as Five Blind Boys of Mississippi and Alabama, Swan Silvertones, Soul Stirrers, Janet Jackson, Diana Ross, The Crusaders, James Brown, Dionne Warwick, Leon Ware, The Temptations, George Benson and Motown Records.
He recently partnered with a Japanese Gospel entrepreneur, Jenna, and established a new record label called Lifeline Records. Jenna runs the largest Gospel music school franchise in Japan with approximately 2000 members nationwide. Their goal is to teach “True and Traditional” Gospel to Japanese people, as well as to introduce The Japanese Gospel and Inspirational music scene to the rest of the world.
The popularity of Gospel music in Japan has been rapidly growing for the past 20 years, since the movie “Sister Act” became a hit in 1992. Today, there are hundreds of Gospel choirs throughout Japan, not necessarily in churches, but in music schools, social clubs, etc. Gospel music has turned out to be one of the new popular “hobbies” among Japanese people, from kids to senior's.
They enjoy singing Edwin Hawkins, Hezekiah Walker, Donald Lawrence and Kirk Franklin. Oh Happy Day has become a popular song, sung at weddings. Harlem Gospel churches in New York have become a very popular “sight-seeing” spot among Japanese people.