GRAMMY award-winning music collective Maverick City Music and 16-time GRAMMY winner Kirk Franklin will bring the injustices around mass incarceration – and the voices of 1,300 inmates – to center stage with the release of their collaborative album KINGDOM Book 1, out June 17th via Tribl Records / Fo Yo Soul Entertainment / RCA Inspiration. Today (June 3), “Bless Me” is available now ahead of the full project.
Maverick City Music’s newest single “Bless Me” is an infectious celebration of the bounties of life as they already are—taking the time to recognize the blessings already bestowed upon you rather than those you lack. As countless unyielding voices refrain, in stacks of traditional gospel harmonies, “we’ve got everything we need.”
Drum lines, snare rolls, and energetic horns call to mind the image of a football field or a pep rally, drawing a connection between these two spaces of celebration and powerful community. Rapid-fire hi-hat rolls and 808s frame the song with an unmistakably modern punch. More than anything, “Bless Me” evokes the electric, invincible feeling of being surrounded by your people and strengthened by their love.
This year is poised to be the biggest yet for the young pioneers of Maverick City Music. The group just won a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and completed a historic televised performance on the show. Nominated across four categories at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards, with triple nods in one category, and receiving three 2022 K-Love Awards nominations earlier this week, the group will take the music and the movement behind ‘Kingdom Book 1’ on the road this summer with their headline ‘Kingdom Tour’ alongside Franklin. The tour kicked off to a SOLD OUT FTX Arena on June 1 in Miami, and the extensive, 37-date trek hits arenas across the nation through the end of July. Fans can purchase tickets to the nearly sold-out tour HERE.
“Kingdom,” the first song from the Maverick City Music x Kirk Franklin collab stayed atop the iTunes video chart (all genre) for almost two weeks. The album ‘Kingdom Book 1’ — a collaboration with Maverick City Music x Kirk Franklin brings the topic of mass incarceration into the forefront — and it’s out Fri. June 17th, the 7th anniversary of the shooting at the Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC (a native town of two Mav City members). The collective recorded the album with more than 1300 inmates at the Everglades Correctional Facility in Florida.
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