Fred Hammond stepping away from Gospel to record a Jazz album

When I first learned about this, my initial reaction was "say it ain't so"! In an entertainment report on the "Tom Joyner Morning Show", Jawn Murray is reporting that Fred Hammond is taking a break from Gospel to record a jazz album.

By all indications this will not be a Gospel jazz project. Fred's music roots began as a bass player. Recording this album will be mechanism for him to get back to his roots.

I'm trying not to be hurt by this news, because I absolutely love Fred Hammond as a Gospel artist. However, I can respect his desire to want to do something different. I am desperately hoping and praying that he decides to do more Gospel music in the future.

A couple of weeks ago, he sent a message out on Twitter looking for topics related to love. I'm assuming he was looking to compile material for his jazz album.

Christians need love and love songs just as much as anyone else. I won't be surprised if Fred Hammond ends up revolutionizing the jazz music industry.

What do you think about Fred Hammond doing a jazz album?

Check out the audio from Jawn Murray's report on the Praise Philly website.

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  • sai

    If we know fred Hammond, we know he will incorporate ” THE Gospel of Jesus Christ” in any project that he does.SO he is NOT “leaving Gospel music” Trust me on that! My view to this, Finally, a great Jazz album, by a christian! I love it. I love Gospel artists who have an unconventional relationship with Jesus Christ, who refused to be boxed or caged in to man-made standards to holiness. Do away with the pharisee thinking on how he should serve God. We need more people like Kirk Walum, Ben Tankard, Five Men, Quiet Storm, Fred Hammond to reach a new audience for Jesus Christ. And since when does Tom Joyner or Juan Murray becames of valid news source? its gossip! Get your news for Fred Hammond He talked about this publically on BET and TBN.

  • sai

    Re/POST: If we know fred Hammond, we know he will incorporate ” THE Gospel of Jesus Christ” in any project that he does.SO he is NOT “leaving Gospel music”… Trust me on that! My view to this, Finally, a great Jazz album, by a christian! I love it. I love Gospel artists who have an unconventional relationship with Jesus Christ, who refuse to be boxed or caged in to man-made standards of holiness. Enough of the pharisee thinking on how he should serve God. We need more people like Kirk Walum, Ben Tankard, Five Men, Quiet Storm, Fred Hammond, and few others to reach a new audience for Jesus Christ. And since when does Tom Joyner or Juan Murray became of valid news source? its gossip! Get your news from the source— Fred Hammond, He talked about this publically on BET and TBN. Way to Go Fred– I will be bouying that CD for sure!

  • http://www.TheGospelBlog.com Cliff

    I don't think anyone doubt that he will incorporate the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I don't think we will be hearing the Jazz version of “Amazing Grace”. I do think that we will hear something that will be fresh and new.

    No need to result to the pharisee label. I know he will always exalt God. Just because me or anyone else loves Fred Hammond that Gospel artist doesn't mean that we won't appreciate Fred Hammond that jazz artist.

    Jawn Murray is a credible journalist. He is not known for spouting out inaccurate information.

    I'm looking forward to hearing whatever Fred end up putting out!

  • Asmith

    Please! Fred or any musician can sing or play any genre and still be COMPLETELY serving our Lord Jesus!

  • Sam Mkhonto

    Way to go Fred,if you know him you can expect greatness from the diversity of his music,Fred is a Christian period. And gospel music is not boxed in a particular genre. Just think about it, world wide music is territorial,somewhere in Africa people don’t know rnb or jazz for that matter yet they express their love,faith and worship through their indiginous music unto God,and that is gospel friends. Keep ’em coming brother as long as God is with you in the project it is a success.

  • Terry Stuart

    I don’t thing God would be honored with His music becoming jazz like. Instead of Fred Hammond going for Jazz music he should keep his interest and stand for Gospel music.

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