March 6, 2019 - Multi-talented singer/songwriter Anita Faye stayed busy in 2018, most notably promoting her long-awaited full length CD, Kingdom Journey, which released to retail in September 2018 from NiNiTunes.
The 13-track project, which runs the stylistic gamut from smooth jazz, to bouncy hip hop, to swaying reggae, featured the radio single, "All of the Above" (Faye's collaboration with Grammy Award winner Betty Wright), and "Angels in Heaven (Vegas Strong)," a tribute to the resilient spirit of the people and city of Las Vegas, Nevada, written by Faye and her husband Robby following the tragic mass shooting that rocked that city in October 2017.
With her radio single debuting at Number 6 on Gospel USA Magazine's Top 30 Independent Gospel Songs Chart, Faye found herself in demand for interviews on a number of influential radio shows, including Boston's WEZE AM, Detroit's WHFR FM, and Nashville's WFSK FM, as well as various media outlets.
She also maintained a steady performance schedule, taking the stage at the Dancing the Truth in Love concert at the historic Strand Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts; the Church of God in Christ Convocation in St. Louis, Missouri; the Zappos Corporate Challenge in her home town of Las Vegas, Nevada; and performing for Motown founder Berry Gordy and his daughter Sherry Gordy at her private birthday party, among other appearances.
"I was so proud to have Anita as my guest at my father's house to sing at my party. Anita had everyone crying," says Sherry Gordy. "I first met Anita Faye many years ago on my show, Sherry Gordy Presents Take The Stage Inspired by Motown, and I instantly fell in love with her and her voice. Every time I hear her sing, it brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. Her vocal style is magical and gives me goosebumps. I have to say, she is my favorite gospel singer ever. I love, love, love Anita Faye."
"2018 was a year of learning and growing in the Lord," says Faye. "I had the opportunity to meet and share my heart with so many wonderful people. I'm looking forward to 2019 to see what the Lord has in store for the next step on my journey!"
Faye's recently-released project, the 13 song CD, Kingdom Journey, is available from major online retailers including iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and Google Play. For more information on Anita Faye and Kingdom Journey, visit anitafaye.com.
Sept 7, 2018
by Iain Moss - Kingdom Journey, the stellar new 13-song CD from Las Vegas-based singer/songwriter Anita Faye, released to retail today, Friday, September 7, 2018, from NiNiTunes, and is available from major online retailers including iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and Google Play. Running the stylistic gamut from smooth jazz and bouncy hip hop to swaying reggae, Anita wraps her mellifluous, multi-octave soprano around each song, imbuing it with a soaring spiritual burst of energy. Faye first impacted the music scene in 2005 with her independent release R U Willing, which earned a Gospel Album of the Year nomination from the International Independent Music Awards. She has shared the stage with Gospel music legends Martha Munizzi, Kim Burrell, and the Edwin Hawkins Youth & Young Adult Mass Choir, among others. But Faye says she still feels like a late bloomer who is just now coming into her own. “If you want to make God laugh, just tell him your plans!” she quips. “Our society tends to applaud people who achieve remarkable things at a very early age, but sometimes I think you appreciate things more once you have some life experience under your belt. It makes you more thankful for what you receive, and better prepared to give back to those in need.” That impulse to help those in need inspired “Angels in Heaven (Vegas Strong),” which Faye and her husband, Robby Thomas, wrote as a tribute to the resilient spirit of the people and city of Las Vegas, Nevada, following the tragic mass shooting that rocked their hometown in October 2017. “We lived in Boston during the time of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, so we already had a sense of how life can change in the blink of an eye,” Faye remembers. “We understand how those who are affected by such a senseless act of violence may never be the same. And while no amount of compensation will ever be sufficient for those directly impacted, we felt a deep sense of compassion and wanted to do what we could to honor the victims and encourage our community to persevere in love.” The project’s first radio single, the smooth, jazz-inflected piano ballad, “Cast My Cares,” is an intensely personal confession of faith in the midst of trials. “Life isn’t always easy,” Faye notes, “and testimony is not always pretty. Sometimes there are tears involved. Sometimes there are crises. Like most folks, I’ve had my share of hard knocks.” “All of the Above” features Anita’s collaboration with Grammy Award winner Betty Wright, who wrote and produced the track. “What can you say about having the opportunity to work with a legend like Betty Wright?” asks Faye. “Her resume speaks for itself, but beyond that, she is such as sweet person. She grew up in the church, she is humble, and she is just so grounded. ‘All of the
Above’ is a cleverly written song that encourages listeners to pass their tests in life by making the right choices. When it comes to living for Christ, sometimes the answer to the question is not just A, B, C, or D, but ‘all of the above!'” Faye continues the recurring theme of trusting God in the hard times on “Anchor of my Soul,” a jazz-inflected Gospel number that effectively showcases her multi-octave soprano, and on the more electrified dance track, “My Destiny,” which insists on giving praise to the Savior despite the storms of life. “I Gotta Know,” an unapologetic, deeply personal tune, explores those times when nothing goes right and life seems to be nothing but disappointment after disappointment. I’ve gained and I’ve lost, but my womb is still a grave, she cries out in the song. I gotta know! Is God there? Does He care? “I had a miscarriage in my early 20s,” Faye explains. “I’ve never conceived again. Something dies inside of you when you carry that loss. Sometimes we experience trials and struggles that we don’t have answers for, and sometimes God doesn’t give us the answer we want. But God still loves us. ‘I Gotta Know’ is a song about questioning God, about almost giving up on my faith. It’s about dealing with the aftermath of life’s disappointments, and seeking answers to those disappointments. Ultimately, it is me being transparent and sharing that difficult process, and finally discovering that God still cares–regardless of what I’ve been through or how I feel.” Drawing on a wealth of influences, Faye injects a bouncy, hip-hop vibe into “P.U.S.H.” (a twist on the saying, “Pray Until Something Happens”) and embraces a swaying Caribbean reggae rhythm on the joyous praise song, “With Gladness.” She pays homage to the legendary Ella Fitzgerald on “Untraceable,” a song that offers a sweet tribute to her husband’s grandmother. With tears running down her face, I can hear Grandma say, ‘you can run this race, sufficient is His grace, she croons. The title track, “Kingdom Journey,” gives Faye full rein to explore both her extensive vocal range and her skills as a jazz stylist. “Sugar Rush” encourages listeners to seek spiritual meat rather than settling for a superficial sugar high, and Faye showcases her genre-defying vocal prowess on her fresh interpretation of the beloved hymn, “Take my Hand, Precious Lord.” Kingdom Journey gives a reason to rejoice to Faye’s long-time fans as well as music lovers who are just now discovering her amazing talent. Sometimes the best things in life truly are worth waiting for. For more information on Anita Faye and Kingdom Journey, visit anitafaye.com.
April 26, 2018 - Anita Faye’s musical journey began at an early age as she discovered her own musical voice. Encouraged by the nurturing environment of a God-fearing mother and grandmother, Anita was always supported in developing her musical talent—whether it was singing to stuffed animals or at her local home church. Now an accomplished singer-songwriter, over time Anita Faye has grown from performing to an audience of bedroom souvenirs to being invited on some of the world’s sought after stages.
She first caught the attention of national and international audiences after the release of her first gospel album, R U Willing (2005), which garnered critical acclaim and was a finalist for Best Gospel Album at the International Indie Music Awards (IMA). Anita Faye later made musical history by being the first vocalist to perform the African American classic “Lift Every Voice And Sing” live at a Major League Baseball (MLB) game at Boston’s Fenway Park. Receiving motivation from her faith in Christ, Anita Faye cites Mark 9:23 as she says, “I desire to inspire others to believe—or believe again—through my music.”
Continuing to gain extensive experience, Anita Faye has since performed all over the world including the 53rd National Delta Sigma Theta Convention, the country of Trinidad and Tobago, the Monterey Gospel Festival, Sherry Gordy’s Take The Stage Showcase in Las Vegas and numerous other churches and charitable causes. Anita Faye’s music has been featured in both the gospel and contemporary Christian radio formats States-side and in Europe.
Claiming musical inspiration from the likes of jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald and gospel great Mahalia Jackson, we stopped to learn more about Anita Faye as she has just released her most current single, “Cast My Cares” (buy single). “All things are possible to the one who believes.” —Mark 9:23
CCM Magazine: What inspired you to write “Cast My Cares?”
Anita Faye: It’s really my testimony. There was a point in my life where I was trying to carry everything on my own, personal stuff, professional stuff and the stress of it all. And I simply got to the point of burn-out. That was not God’s will for my life. And I really had to get to a point of understanding that Jesus taught us to cast our cares upon Him because He cares for us. In fact, the Bible tells us that we should not lean to our own understanding but in all our ways acknowledge Him. It does make a difference when we learn to let go and trust God.
CCM: What has been the reaction to the song so far?
AF: The song has already created a buzz and continues to be described in glowing terms by fans. I hear words and comments such as “BEAUTIFUL,” or “WOW,” or “I FELT EVERY WORD,” or “AMAZING.” We’re all very excited, because I believe that this song is relevant and that it has a message which resonates.
CCM: We understand you’re working on a new full-length album, when will it be released?
AF: Yes, I am and I’m very excited about this project. It is scheduled for release in late Spring 2018. The 12-song studio album features an array of musical influences including jazz, neo-soul, contemporary Christian, and gospel-reggae.
CCM: What thought would you like to leave us with?
AF: First, thanks so much for the opportunity to share this time with CCM Magazine. Second, I’d like to share a reminder that the “Cast My Cares” single is currently available digitally, and there is also a music video. The song reminds us all that Christ frees us from the burdens we carry. I’d love to have your support, so please CLICK HERE to purchase the single.
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