THE McCRARY SISTERS GO "ALL THE WAY" APRIL 30, 2013
""Alfreda, Ann, Deborah and Regina are arguably Nashville’s greatest soul sisters." (Robert K. Oermann/Music Row magazine)
Nashville, TN - McC Records proudly announces the release of THE McCRARY SISTERS (Ann, Deborah, Regina and Alfreda) "ALL THE WAY" on APRIL 30, 2013, the follow-up to their 2011 debut CD "Our Journey" . Produced by Kevin McKendree & Tommy Sims, the album's 12 tracks include 10 McCrary Sister originals plus stunning re-imaginings of Tom Hambridge/Gary Nicholson's "Skin Deep" and Bonnie Bishop/Jimmy Wallace's "Right Where You Are". Joining THE McCRARY SISTERS on "ALL THE WAY" are Rob McNelley/Akil Thompson/Tommy Sims (lead guitar), Kevin McKendree/DeMarco Johnson/Jeremy Nixon (keyboards), Dwan Hill (organ), , Quentin Ware (trumpet), Dana Robbins (saxophone), Steve Mackey/Anton Nesbitt/Tommy Sims (bass), Derrick Phillips (drums).
The songs on "ALL THE WAY" tell of the continuation of the McCrary Sisters' journey. Gospel/soul/funk/R&B, however you want to define it, the McCrary Sisters' songs "tell of loving & living life, and keeping a positive attitude through all that life brings. The opening track, 'COME ON', invites you to join us on this journey. Even when one is having a hard time, we can learn to 'LET IT GO', and live 'RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE', because 'YOU CAN MAKE IT', you've got 'VICTORY'. So get on this 'TRAIN' with us, and go 'ALL THE WAY." (Ann McCrary)
The McCrary Sisters' critically-acclaimed debut release "Our Journey" made many Top 10 lists -- "a varied set of originals and covers that serve up glorious gospel transcendence." (Nick Cristiano/Philadelphia Inquirer). In 2012, the Sisters performed with Dr. John & Dan Auerbach and appear on Dr. John's Grammy-winning "Locked Down" CD. They also sang with Bob Dylan at his August 26 Concert in Cincinnati.
For The McCrary Sisters, the daughters of the late Rev. Samuel McCrary -- one of the original members of the legendary gospel quartet The Fairfield Four, music is a birthright, a lifelong love affair, a sometimes career, an indescribable joy, and occasionally, a cross to bear.
The daughters were raised in harmony, singing at home and at their father's church. The McCrary's home was filled with music, whether it was the Fairfield Four or frequent guests that included a pantheon of gospel greats, including Shirley Caesar and James Cleveland.
Ann traveled and sang with the Fairfield Four from the age of 3 until she was 6. She sung with various gospel groups on the weekends until she began singing and traveling with the BCM Mass Choir (Baptist, Catholic, and Methodist) as one of their soloist. Ann has performed with the who's who of contemporary gospel music, including The Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, and many more. Ann has recorded 2 CD's: "What Is This," produced by Cedric, and Victor Caldwell, recorded on ATF records; and the self-titled "Ann McCrary," produced by Steve Crawford, on Vital records. Ann was also a member of Bobby Jones's Nashville Super Choir for 12 years.
Regina began her singing career traveling with the BCM Mass Choir as one of the soloists at the age of 7, and was known throughout the choir's travels for singing/recording "I Made A Vow" (the recording was nominated for a Grammy). Regina toured and performed for 6 years with the legendary songwriter Bob Dylan. She recorded three albums with Dylan: "Slow Train Coming", "Saved", and "Shot of Love". Regina released her solo CD, "I Made A Vow", in 2007. Regina also performed with Elvis and Stevie Wonder and has sung with Bobby Jones, and The New Life Singers, and The Nashville Super Choir.
Like her sisters, Deborah has been singing her whole life. In her early teens, she sang in the multi-Grammy-nominated BCM Mass Choir, performed "Everything Is Beautiful" with Ray Stevens, at Madison Square Garden sang with Elvis Presley, and performed with Isaac Hayes on Dinah Shore's TV show. Recently, she's been focusing on performing with her sisters, both as backup singers in various sessions and headlining as the McCrary Sisters.
Until recently, Alfreda rarely sang with her sisters. She dedicated her time singing and preaching in the music ministry industry with her husband Narcisco Lee, at the Old Happy Day Church. She has a CD out titled "Songs From The Heart."
For a time, the sisters sang with their brother Ricky, and some cousins in the CBS (Cousins, Brother, Sisters) band.
Regina, Ann, and Alfreda have performed in musical theater as well, and recorded with country music greats like Johnny Cash, and Wynona Judd. The sisters' list of recording sessions, and long association with Bobby Jones TV show spans genres and generations. Most recently, they've recorded & toured with gospel-rock powerhouse Mike Farris, (2008 Americana Music Awards "Emerging Artist Award" and 2010 Dove Award winner for Best Traditional Gospel Album for the album "Shout! Live", recorded at Nashville's Station Inn.)
Ann and Regina McCrary: were featured on "Universal United House of Prayer", by Buddy Miller, were featured vocalists on Patty Griffin's acclaimed gospel project "Downtown Church" recorded at Nashville's downtown Presbyterian Church, and sang background vocals on Ray Stevens' classic "Everything Is Beautiful."
While bloodlines and resumes are all well and good, nothing can prepare you for the experience of hearing The McCrary Sisters live, though "ALL THE WAY" may be the next best thing. No words can describe the power, and passion and pure soulfulness of The McCrary Sisters--Ann, Deborah, Regina, and Alfreda. Hear them once, and you will never be the same.