TK Experiences a ‘Gospel Explosion’
Henry Stone’s TK Productions is experiencing a “gospel explosion” with many important gospel artists signed to TK’s gospel label, Gospel Roots. Timmy Thomas is TK’s director of gospel music.
Thomas is steering Gospel Roots into a major competitive position in the gospel market. “With TK’s roots firmly in r&b, the label has had successes in r&b, pop, disco and jazz. Now we’re going to do it with gospel music,” stated Thomas. According to Thomas, “It is important for gospel music to touch the younger generation. It has to be more relevant in terms of production and increasingly involved musically while maintaining the message. It is important now to differentiate between traditional gospel and the more contemporary inspirational gospel music.”
Thomas will soon begin releasing singles from the gospel albums, with the first scheduled this winter. Distributorships are being set in addition to the TK distributorships. Working with Thomas is Dave Clark, one of the industry’s first black promotion men. He has been affiliated with TK for the last four years in special promotions. TK/Gospel Roots has recently signed the Dixie Hummingbirds. The group has been performing for over 50 years. An Ip is in the works. Activity is currently reported on Jean Austin and Company’s 1p, “Jean Austin and Company;” The Singing Sons of Washington, D.C. with “He’s Alive;” Mitty Collier’s “Hold The Light;” Nancy Caree’s “A Blessing In Praising God;” The Jackson Singers of Washington, D.C.’s “Sing Until I Die;” The O’Neal Twins, “I’m Happy;” and the Brooklyn All Stars “Brooklyn All Stars” album. All of these artists are currently performing in concerts throughout the U.S. Albums by Helen Lewis, Andrew Jackson and the Community Youth Choir, Rev. Edna Isaac and the Greene Sisters, The Nap – pers Sisters, The Amazing Katherine Hayes, Camille Doughty, Travelling Six, Rev. Marvin Yancy and the Fountain of Life Joy Choir, Sunset Travellers and Whitney Singers are scheduled for release this winter. There are currently 34 albums in the Gospel Roots catalogue.