Live at the Apollo: The Proclamation

Live at the Apollo: The Proclamation

by Byron Cage
     
 

Much was made of Live at the Apollo: The Proclamation, Byron Cage's third solo outing after his days with Purpose. A press release heralding the album's arrival crowned Cage the "first gospel artist to record live" at the famed Apollo Theater -- a huge misnomer, considering the Mighty Clouds of Joy<See more details below

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Much was made of Live at the Apollo: The Proclamation, Byron Cage's third solo outing after his days with Purpose. A press release heralding the album's arrival crowned Cage the "first gospel artist to record live" at the famed Apollo Theater -- a huge misnomer, considering the Mighty Clouds of Joy beat the so-called Prince of Praise by some 25 years. Cage himself didn't do his homework and ran with the faux pas, thanking the Apollo staff in the liner notes for helping him "make history." All of this would be forgivable if the high and mighty Proclamation lived up to the hyperbole, but even for Cage -- who cut his teeth leading worship at Bishop Eddie L. Long's megachurch New Birth Cathedral -- seeing his name in lights on the Apollo's marquee got the best of him. Cage always had a knack for leading the saints in song -- his beloved hits "The Presence of the Lord Is Here" and "I Will Bless the Lord" proved that much -- but here the intentions aren't congregational. Instead, it's show time for all those involved, including Cage, a choir led by Tri-City Singers alumnus DeWayne Woods, urban gospel knobturners PAJAM, and guests Kim Burrell, J. Moss, and Dave Hollister. It's all a celebrity parade, where the glitterati and the grandstanding are more prominent than the songs themselves, all of which try hard to distinguish themselves but get buried beneath the pyrotechnics. Cage himself is so ensconced trying to make the audience sing, he hardly does any singing himself. It's unfortunate, because Cage does have a commanding voice and admirable stage presence, two qualities that take a backseat to showmanship, flashiness, and at times plain cacophony.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
Label:
Gospocentric
UPC:
0886971111422
catalogNumber:
711114
Rank:
338550

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Performance Credits

Byron Cage   Primary Artist
Jeff Bailey   Horn
Lloyd Barry   Horn
Dana Davis   Drums
Doug Moffett   Horn
Terrance Palmer   Bass
Steve Patrick   Horn
Darryl "Major D" Dixon   Guitar
Gerry Smith   Background Vocals
Noel Hall   Keyboards
Melissa Walker   Background Vocals
Yolanda Simpson   Background Vocals
DeWayne Woods   Background Vocals,Vocal Director
Roy Agee   Horn
Alfred Young   Background Vocals
Tiffany McLymore   Background Vocals
Paul "PDA" Allen   Keyboards
William "Billy" Brown   Background Vocals
Tracy Bryant   Background Vocals
Ashanti Edwards   Background Vocals
Evin Martin   Background Vocals
Jor'el Quinn   Background Vocals
PAJAM Chorale   Background Vocals
Angela Crawford   Background Vocals
Torrence Greene   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Lloyd Barry   Horn Arrangements
V. Michael McKay   Composer
Herb Powers   Mastering
Byron Cage   Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Noel Hall   Arranger,Music Direction
Walter Kearney   Producer
Denise Trorman   Art Direction
J Moss   Producer
Paul "PDA" Allen   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Jonathan Merritt   Intern
Melissa Britton   Monitor Engineer
Deon Kipping   Composer
Demond Mickens   Composer

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