Tyscot Records is celebrating Black History Month with the releases of two seasoned songs that have gotten faithful contemporary updates by some legendary recording artists.
The gospel world is still mourning the sudden death of Rance Allen this past October.
The charismatic artist thrilled audiences for over 50 years with dynamic performances of songs such as “Miracle Worker” and “Something About the Name Jesus.”
Just weeks before his passing, he was in a Toledo, OH studio recording his portion of Bishop Leonard Scott’s remake of the spiritual, “Throw Me Overboard.”
This up-tempo rendition of the tune features Scott’s smooth tenor alongside Allen’s raspy baritone.
In this Rootsy take, the guitar is the prominent instrument in the rhythm section with some feisty percussion and swelled organ fills.
It’s a foretaste of sounds to come as the first offering from Scott’s forthcoming, all-star hymns album which is due later this year.
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Tyscot is also releasing a new track by veteran singer, Shirley Murdock, who is best-known for her `80s era R&B radio smashes such as “Go on Without You,” “Computer Love,” and her gold-selling signature song, “As We Lay.”
Murdock was inspired to re-cut The Impressions’ 1965 gem, “People Get Ready,” after seeing the social unrest that broke out after the death of George Floyd.
“I was so moved and hurt about how the police murdered that man with no just cause,” she says.
“I wanted to make a statement that we need to get along and be respectful of each other.
That’s when I thought of this song by Curtis Mayfield [who was the chief songwriter and soloist for The Impressions].
I’ve always loved the song, but I thought it was a fitting message for what’s going on now.”