Gaynor previously won a GRAMMY for her international smash
“I Will Survive” in 1980
New York, NY – Nominated in two categories at the upcoming GRAMMY Awards 2020 for Best Gospel Performance/Song (“Talkin’ ‘Bout Jesus” featuring Yolanda Adams) and Best Roots Gospel Album (Testimony) on Gaither Music Group, legendary singer GLORIA GAYNOR is elated with the news this morning.
“To wake up this morning and learn that I just received two GRAMMY nominations is incredible! To God be the glory! I feel truly blessed that the music on Testimony is nominated for Best Roots Gospel Album and for Best Gospel Performance/Song! I want to thank everyone who had a part in making Testimony a reality. And a special thank you to my team for believing in me as an artist and my vision.” – Gloria Gaynor
The music from Gaynor’s new album Testimony will be a part of music’s biggest night next year on January 26th which also marks the 40th anniversary of her global anthem, “I Will Survive,” taking home the first and only GRAMMY Award for Best Disco Recording. It is a song that has become a mantra for so many around the globe. And now Gaynor has released more music that has found great impact with fans everywhere.
Comprised of 10 stunning tracks, Testimony showcases a new side of Gaynor’s musicianship with a combination of carefully chosen classic hymns and self-penned songs, including a stirring cover of Bob Dylan’s “Man of Peace.” After decades spent as an international music icon, Testimony celebrates Gaynor’s faith, which has been an integral part of her journey both personally and professionally. Gaynor finally made the record of her dreams and moved past “surviving” into “thriving.” The single “Back on Top” is the natural progression and virtual sequel to “I Will Survive.”
Gaynor recorded for the first time in Nashville at the legendary former RCA Studio A (Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson) with GRAMMY-winning producers Chris Stevens (TobyMac, Mandisa, Blake Shelton) and Reid Shippen (Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney). Gaynor also assembled a powerhouse collaborative for Testimony that includes special guests Yolanda Adams, Jason Crabb, Mike Farris, and Bart Millard (MercyMe), as well as powerful backup vocals from Latrese Bush, Emoni Wilkins, Melinda Doolittle (American Idol) and Jason Eskridge. The project features a lineup of extraordinarily talented musicians: drummer Daru Jones (Jack White, Talib Kweli), guitarist Drew Ramsey (Robert Randolph, India.Arie, John Legend), keyboardist/B3 organist Shannon Sanders (Robert Randolph, India.Arie, Jonny Lang), pianist/keyboardist Jason Webb (Elvis Presley, Amy Grant) and bassist Willie Weeks (Stevie Nicks, James Taylor, Mark Ronson, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton).
In the years since winning the only GRAMMY Award ever presented for Best Disco Recording, Gaynor has topped the charts with dance hits such as “I Never Knew” and “I Just Keep Thinking About You.” She’s appeared on Broadway in “Smokey Joe’s Café” as well as on TV series such as “That 70’s Show,” “Ally McBeal” and “The Wayans Bros.” Gaynor has also authored books and the audio version of We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration and the Power of Song was nominated for a 2015 GRAMMY Award for Best Spoken Word Album. She has delivered talks as a motivational speaker and has also been a featured keynote speaker at such prestigious events as SXSW in Austin, TX and the CCU Woman in Philanthropy Leadership Conference in Conway, SC. In March 2016, Israel’s Consulate General presented Gaynor with the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award. One year later, the Library of Congress honored Gaynor by inducting “I Will Survive” into its registry. Earlier this year Gaynor was invited by American astronaut and national hero Buzz Aldrin to be a part of the Apollo XI 50th Anniversary Celebration and sing the National Anthem. Gaynor will accept her She Rocks Award from the Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) in January 2020.
Testimony is out now on all streaming platforms via Gaither Music, distributed by Capitol Christian Music Group and Universal Music.
2. Back On Top
3. He Won’t Let Go (featuring Bart Millard)
4. Joy Comes In The Morning
5. Only You Can Do
6. Singin’ Over Me (featuring Jason Crabb)
7. Talkin’ ‘Bout Jesus (featuring Yolanda Adams)
8. Precious Lord (featuring Jason Crabb, Mike Farris, Bart Millard)
9. Man Of Peace (featuring Mike Farris)
10. Day One