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James "JJ" Hairston and Youthful Praise, the inspired pen and iconic sound that introduced such gospel hits as "Awesome God" and "Incredible God, Incredible Praise" is sure to set the gospel world afire with their highly anticipated release, RESTING ON HIS PROMISE (Light Records/Evidence Gospel), hitting stores September 1st.  Youthful Praise fifth album not only offers the trademark east coast choir sound, expansive melodies and inspired lyrics for which Youthful Praise has set the standard but also offers the contagious energy of driving rock infused tunes and plenty of foot stompin' rhythm to satisfy the traditional gospel music fan.   

"JJ" Hairston's ability to craft tunes with timeless melodies and timely lyrics is aptly demonstrated by the title track "Resting In His Promise".  The gentle reminder that we are children of an all sufficient father will "put your mind at ease" and draw you into His rest as Bishop Eric McDaniels assures us of God's promise "You're covered, don't you worry."  

The words of "Hear Me Lord" epitomize the theme of RESTING ON HIS PROMISE: "Every miracle, in your word is preceded by a sound…  I need a miracle, so I'll make my own sound right now." And what a beautiful sound it is. Whether it be the triumphant song of praise proclaimed in "What A Mighty God We Serve", the intimate worship of "Close to You" or the emphatic testimony shared in "You Can Make It," Youthful Praise gives unrestrained expression to the heartfelt emotions of the believer. 

James "JJ" Hairston has once again called upon his friends to lend their voices to Resting On His Promise with stand out performances from: David McClure whose runs and riffs take "Powerful God" to a whole new level; the alto timbre of Deon Kipping's effortless voice on "Lord You're Mighty"; Myron Butler's exhortation of "Great Expectation"; and the flawless vocal stylings of the incomparable Dorinda Clark Cole. There is even a surprise appearance from the First Lady of Gospel, Shirley Caesar.   Other surprise appearances by Pastor Jamaal Bryant, and worship leader Stephen Hurd add to the worth of the project. 

Youthful Praise new release, RESTING ON HIS PROMISE, due in stores September 1st, is sure to exceed the expectations of the most committed fans as they are taken on a musical journey that will stir their hearts to worship and lift their arms in praise.  Those who are just discovering Youthful Praise for the first time will discover the joy of being swept up into a well-woven tapestry of praise and worship by one of the greatest choirs of our day.

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