Inaugurating an anticipated new season for the multi-Grammy Award-winning The Brooklyn Tabernacle, “A Night of Worship with The Brooklyn Tabernacle” is set to bow Oct. 21. The world-renowned ensemble’s first new recording in more than four years also marks its debut with StowTown Worship, an imprint of gospel label StowTown Records.
Produced by The Brooklyn Tabernacle’s founding musical director, Carol Cymbala, along with J. Daniel Smith, the 11-track live recording spotlights guest turns from gospel icon Alvin Slaughter, Dove Award-winning vocalist TaRanda Greene, and Elevation Worship’s Brad Hudson.
A press release noted, “Throughout the collection, the group's signature sound takes centerstage atop inspirational, gospel and contemporary melodies enveloped in sweeping orchestral arrangements.”
Cymbala said, “After almost a year-and-a-half of being away from each other in person, it was amazing to get back together to worship, pray and sing for the Lord. A lot changed in Brooklyn during the pandemic, and the need is even greater now to shine our light for Jesus. Seasons change, but God remains faithful. Many have left Brooklyn and relocated due to the terrible COVID spikes, increased crime, and deterioration of the city, but the Lord has once again raised up a faithful group of devoted singers who want to spread the gospel and glorify God.”
The press release added, “Album opener ‘There’s Nothing Better’ (feat. TaRanda Greene and Brad Hudson) plots a joyful course for a range of impassioned anthems proclaiming God’s goodness, faithfulness and worthiness to be praised. The energetic Alvin Slaughter-led ‘For My Good’ further fuels an atmosphere of authentic worship, while group favorite ‘He’s Been Faithful’ (feat. Greene) also stands among the project's many highlights.”
“At the lowest point in my life, God greatly used Pastor Jim and Mrs. Carol Cymbala to help me find a new hope in living,” Greene said of her personal ties to the congregation. “This church family has been there for me in ways they will never realize until we get home.”
She added, “I’ve been recording songs with The Brooklyn Tabernacle for 12 years now, and this album reflects every heartfelt moment I can recall. I hope audiences will experience what I do when I hear this music—a sound of home that calls you closer to the feet of Jesus.”
Cymbala said, “We want to remind people that God is faithful, and his love never changes. We pray that the new project will inspire hope instead of fear (‘I Will Not Fear,’ ‘He’s Holding You’), and deepen our faith in Jesus Christ (‘I Speak Jesus,’ ‘You Have Been Good’). The songs we’ve recorded are all based on the eternal truth of God’s word, which can never change or pass away.”
She added, “It's a new season for The Brooklyn Tabernacle, and I feel this project reflects that. There’s a freshness to the sound but the message remains focused on Jesus and his great love. The songs and rhythms are different stylistically, and the lush orchestrations greatly enhance the listening experience. I’m excited that we can present what I feel is the best project God has ever helped us to do.”