Up & Coming Weekly

February 07, 2023

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM 18 UCW FEBRUARY 8 - 14, 2023 Psalm 98 boldly commands read- ers to "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth!" With their newest gospel album, "He Is," Central Baptist Church Choir of Dunn seeks to do exactly that. Together with friends and other artists, the CBC has recorded an album of original songs and a few classics to delight their fans and those who may be new to their music. Released on Jan. 6, the album is a "dream project" of Central Baptist Church's Worship Pastor Darren Hughes. Featuring acts such as e Mylon Hayes Family, Soul'd Out, Suzanne Hise, e Ben Rochester Family, Roy Harris, and the Nelons — a personal favorite of Hughes —"He Is" is a labor of love years in the making. "It took some time and persis- tence to get them all involved, but all of them were very accommo- dating and kind to be part of this," Hughes shared with Up & Coming Weekly. According to the church's official website: "e Gospel of Jesus Christ is available for anyone at any age." is record is a "reflection of our intentionally multigenerational church allowing kids, millenni- als, grandparents, and anyone in between to worship God." A beloved mainstay of the region, the Central Baptist Choir, which boasts over 100 voices, has been stomping feet and clapping hands since the mid-1980s, continuing the powerful tradition of downhome southern gospel music. While Hughes admits it's a large undertaking to guide a choir of such size together in harmony each week, he feels incredibly rewarded when "people are engaged in singing to and worshipping our God." Hughes, who's been the Worship Pastor for CBC for the past six years, also wrote three of the albums' songs ("Come Expecting," "e Way, e Truth, e Life" and "Choose Jesus") and is excited to see his work and that of his peers come to life through the production process and potentially influence people's lives. In addition to the album's original titles, songs such as "I've Never Been Sorry" and "e Great Physician" are sure to ring a bell for some. In a nod to the generational diversity within the CBC, listeners will even be treated to an appearance by the children's choir on one of the tracks. For some, the album's enigmatic title might be puzzling, but its ambi- guity isn't an accident. While "He Is" is a com- plete statement, the unfinished declarative leaves room for Him to be whatever is needed. "e album is called 'He Is' which may initially sound incomplete, but the reality is — He is everything good and holy," Hughes said. "He fills any need any of us has, and the album just scratches the surface of all He is." e album is available to down- load in its entirety on Amazon and iTunes, and the CBC's music can be found on popular streaming servic- es such as Spotify and YouTube. e next single, "e Way, e Truth, e Life" featuring Soul'd Out, be- gan streaming in January. Physical copies of the album are available for purchase on the church's website at https://cbc- dunn.com/music/. e album "He Is" by the Central Baptist Church Choir is avail- able on streaming platforms or by visiting the church's website. (Photo courtesy Central Baptist Church) FAITH Central Baptist Choir releases gospel album by ASHLEY SHIRLEY ASHLEY SHIRLEY, Staff Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200 Health, Vision, Dental Insurance Property and Casualty Insurance Retirement Benefits Paid Leave, Paid Holidays Cafeteria Plan (IRS Code Section 125) Cancer - Intensive Care or Critical Care Employee Assistance Program Flexible Spending TRICARE Supplement Benefits • • • • • • • • • hr@faytechcc.edu • (910) 678-7342 • (910) 678-8378 WE ARE ACTIVELY RECRUITING! We offer an excellent benefits package to include: To view the qualifications and/or apply for these and other positions, please visit our employment opportunities at https://faytechcc.peopleadmin.com/. For assistance or questions please contact FTCC Human Resources Start your new career with SCAN QR CODE FOR MORE INFORMATION >>>>

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