|Yolonda Adams on our sister station 1300am Praise got an interview with Eddie Levert and he releases a single of his new album compilation, “I’ve Been Saved”
Yolanda and Eddie talk about his song contribution to the WKM Gospel Compilation “I’ve Been Saved” Which comes out one June 22nd.. The song is called “Why” and Mr Levert talks about his late sons Gerald and Sean….
|The O’Jays’ Eddie Levert is already very well known to secular audiences due to the rich, powerful baritone that has powered hits like “I Love Music,” “Love Train,” and “Backstabbers,” among others. Now he’s lending his voice to an even higher cause – spreading the gospel. He is part of the WKM (We Know Music) gospel compilation CD, “I’ve Been Saved,” which comes out on June 22nd.|
|On the CD, Levert sings the song “Why,” which is a spiritual exploration of loss, something the senior Levert knows all too well after losing his sons, Gerald and Sean, within a year of each other.
It’s not Levert’s first time singing gospel. He and Walter Williams started out in Canton, Ohio singing gospel songs on the radio. Their duets ultimately led to the formation of the O’Jays.
“I’ve Been Saved” producer Johnny Baber is a Canton native as well, and he definitely wanted Levert on the project.
“Levert reflects his passion for change and believes every word he sings,” Baber says.
“I’ve Been Saved” includes 12 original songs and three covers. Artists who participated include Najee, vocalist Mary Griffith, Zacardi Cortez, Hope Lester (featured on the Bobby Jones Gospel Hour) Oliver Scott (formerly of the Gap Band), and percussionist Charles Brown.
In other O’Jays news, Walter Williams recently announced his almost three-decade battle with multiple sclerosis. Williams, now 67, was diagnosed with the debilitating disease at age 39.
He told AOL Black Voices, “I have done well with MS, and I want other sufferers to know that they too can lead a normal life. Why now? Well, it’s a good time to come out and let people know there is medication for this now that helps a great deal. When I was diagnosed, they told me I had 20 years to live, and there was no cure, but it has all changed.”
Williams said he fought the disease with healthy eating and avoiding heat, which often worsens MS symptoms. It had to be challenging for a singer used to performing under hot lights. He says cold showers and a bucket of ice always available onstage helped him continue his career.
According to the MS Society, there are 400,000 Americans with MS and over 2 million people worldwide who suffer with it. Talk show host Montel Jordan and singer Tamia have both been diagnosed with MS.