Music lovers continue to greet GRAMMY, Dove and Stellar Award nominated sister trio Virtue with welcome arms as their hit comeback single, “You Are,” celebrates its 7th consecutive week in the Top 20 on both Billboard’s BDS Gospel Airplay chart ( #17 peak) and Mediabase Gospel Radio chart (#17 peak).
Resonating with listeners for its powerful message and passionate vocal displays, the tune – written and produced by acclaimed newcomers Taylor Hill and Nicole DeAllie – is found on TESTIMONY: RELOADED – that also features an unreleased track “You Deserve” produced by Fred Jerkins, Alvin Garrett and Imani Pressley. The album also features the hit song “Follow Me” (#3 peak on Billboard Gospel chart), a guest appearance from Stellar and Dove Award winning artist Martha Munizzi and additional production by Grammy Award winning producers Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Michael Jackson, Brandy) and LaShawn Daniels (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child & Tamar Braxton).
Virtue has been on a whirlwind of high profile media appearances including performing at the Radio One Raleigh Women’s Empowerment Concert (April 18 2015) which drew over 10,000 attendees held at the PNC Arena with featured guests including Damon Dash, Eric Benet, Kem, Ne-Yo, TV sensation Jussie Smollett from the hit Fox TV show “Empire” among more. Virtue’s performance of “You Are” caught the attention of American radio and television personality Russ Parr which resulted in the song being played on his Mainstream Urban/R&B nationally syndicated Russ Parr Morning Show – heard weekdays by more than 3.2 million listeners in 45 U.S. cities.
Most recently they presented the “Male Vocalist of the Year” award alongside Gospel superstar Marvin Sapp at the 30th Annual Stellar Awards which aired on TV One and landed as the most watched weekend prime-time premiere of 2015 for TV One in that demo, boasting a viewership of over 1.1 million viewers on the show premiere day (April 5th 2015).
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama Virtue performed alongside multiple Grammy Award winner Bebe Winans for the Centric Celebrates Selma Concert (March 15 2015) shown on BET Networks, MTV Jams, and Centric. Additional featured artists for the event included Aloe Blacc, Angie Stone, Doug E. Fresh, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, MC Lyte,and more. President Obama and other historical figures made appearances.
On March 3, 2015 they sat down with Roland Martin on his show “News One Now” (#1 CY14 broadcast & cable news show in its 9am time-slot among AA P25-54; #2 among total AA P25-54) to talk about their return to gospel music. The string of outings only builds anticipation for their seventh studio album, FEARLESS, set for a summer 2015 release.
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