Monday, February 22, 2010
The NEXT gospel group to watch out for: Half Mile Home!
It’s no secret the state of Ohio has deep roots in Black music. Icons such as the Ohio Players, Roger Troutman & Zapp, Tracy Chapman, Babyface, The O’Jays, Macy Gray, Lakeside, and The Deele have all made their indelible mark on the genres of funk, R&B and soul. The city of Akron itself has contributed both the incomparable Howard Hewitt and James Ingram to the canon of R&B legends.
But five distinguished gentlemen from the city are determined to cement Akron as the epicenter of a gospel explosion with their effervescent new sound. Deaken, Lil’ Bull a.k.a. Buttons, Q, Ty Traxx, and Weezie are Half Mile Home. Their individual and collective journeys down the tempestuous highways of the music industry have led them to a predestined intersection of truth, strength, and unshakeable faith.
Almost a decade later the group has emerged with a vibrant collection of songs for their latest gospel release, Change My Lyfe (Universal Records/IMG Recordings). Produced by Ty Traxx, bassist Weezie, and Buttons, Change My Lyfe is brimming with words of encouragement and indisputable musical sustenance.
Church fans can hear traditional gospel fervor in “Won’t Let Him Go,” while the buoyant lead single “This Far,” already charting on gospel and urban radio begins with an irresistible marching-band drum line, transitioning into an up-tempo R&B hook for hip hop and soul music lovers. Having already performed on Bobby Jones Gospel Network and FOX 8 Morning News in Cleveland, Half Mile Home has indeed come back to the middle with a profound sense of purpose. (Helio PR)