After years of conducting and leading the Stellar Award nominated The Mount Unity Choir into national prominence, Earl Bynum has carved out some “me” time in his hectic schedule. The result is the charismatic artist’s third solo album, This Song is For You (Lrae/HBK/Tyscot) – his first solitary musical venture since 2009. It hits retail stores and digital music platforms on October 5th. The ten-track set showcases a potpourri of flavors ranging from the choir-charged radio single, “Bless the Lord (The Remix),” and the congregational-styled sing-along, “Only unto You,” to the urban contemporary flavored tunes, “Call Him” and “Brighter Day.”
This Song is for You is Bynum’s first gospel studio recording. “It was different for me trying to do it,” he recalls. “I’m a live concert type of performer, so the studio ain’t hard but it also ain’t easy because I feed off of my audience and there’s no audience in the studio with me. I had to change my mindset to approach these songs and it helped take me out of the choir backdrop and let me live in a new space.”
The Franklin, VA native has been singing all of his life, organizing and conducting a variety of choirs since his teen years in the 1980s. Over the years, he’s been most associated with the Stellar Gospel Music Award winning The Mount Unity Choir in Chesapeake, VA. Their debut album, Bishop K.W. Brown Presents Earl Bynum and The Mount Unity Choir Live, peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums sales chart in 2013. The set also propelled the radio single, “Bless the Name of Jesus” to the Top 30 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart. The group also won the Best Church Choir category during comedian Steve Harvey’s erstwhile Neighborhood Awards in 2013.
Aside from his position as Minister of Worship at The Mount, a mega-church congregation in Chesapeake, VA; Bynum also hosts the weekend radio program, On Stage with Earl Bynum, which is syndicated by the Musical Soul Food Network.