Jennifer Holliday, the original “dream girl” and two-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist, and her pastor, the Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, have collaborated on a new inspirational CD featuring Warnock’s sermonettes and Holliday’s dynamic singing.
The 10-track project, Goodness and Mercy (Euphonic Records), releases via Holliday’s own Euphonic Records label on April 19 with national distribution by New Day Christian Distribution in Nashville, Tenn.
“What and honor and privilege it is to partner with the legendary Ms. Jennifer Holliday,” said New Day’s director of artist relations Thomas Rollins in a press release. “All of the staff at New Day is excited about the endless possibilities and opportunities distributing an artist of this caliber provides us. We look forward to a long relationship.”
The new radio single, “God is Faithful,” is currently available as a digital download on CDBaby.com and will hit radio airwaves in upcoming weeks.
Holliday is best known for creating and portraying the dramatic role of Effie White in the original Broadway production of “Dream Girls” and her show-stopping signature song, “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.” Holliday has since recorded five solo CDs and two Broadway and movie soundtrack recordings. She has also made numerous guest TV appearances as an actress, most notably for playing the role of Lisa Knowles for five seasons on the hit Fox TV show, “Ally McBeal.” Today, she continues to perform around the world in concerts and Symphony Pops Orchestra engagements, as well as guest Broadway appearances.
While Holliday’s venture into the inspirational and gospel realm is still new, her pastor has been ministering to others for years.
Since 2005, Warnock has served as pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. A graduate of Morehouse College, Warnock later earned a master of divinity, master of philosophy, and doctorate of philosophy degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He interned at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church where he eventually became a youth pastor prior to holding pastoral positions at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City and Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore.