There are many ways to describe Motown Gospel recording artist Tye Tribbett live in concert, uplifting, powerful, comical, encouraging and entertaining to say the least. Tye’s music ministry is a gift to all those who have an opportunity to experience it. On Saturday, July 16th the Two-Time GRAMMY winning singer, songwriter, television host and pastor unleashed new songs and reunited with his former group Greater Anointing (G.A.) performing past hits. The live recording session is for Tye’s upcoming 6th album titled BLOODY WIN.
The concert opened with a video of Tye explaining the title “Bloody Win” to an audience of thousands of admirers at the Fillmore in Philadelphia. He went on to explain the concept of praise and war-ship. ““War-ship is for the warrior in all of us. We have to be prepared to take hits understanding that being hit doesn’t mean that you’ve lost. Sometimes you come out of a win bloody!”_ states Tribbett.
Afterward, it was time for Tye and his group to hit the stage. The audience excitedly cheered as the lights dimmed to signify the start of his set. He and his background singers appeared dressed in torn and tattered clothing signifying the fight and filling the entire space with their contagious energy. For the first half of his set he and his crew passionately sang new war-ship anthems inviting gospel powerhouses such as the emerging singer/songwriter KJ Scriven, GRAMMY winner Le’Andria Johnson, and African singer Uche Agu to add to the energy. It seems that Tye has even created a new genre of music called “Trap Gospel.” The band and the fans couldn’t seem to move on from chanting “Work it out!” over the heavy bass laced instrumental as he closed out the first half of his set.
The 2nd half of the recording featured the long-awaited and highly anticipated reunion of Greater Anointing (G.A.). The crowd went into a frenzy as the group made their way to the stage with Tribbett. Before they performed countless hits they started with a group prayer.G.A. performed a medley of 30 songs such as “Mighty Long Way,” “No Way,” “You Are My Joy,” “Still Have Joy,” “Bless The Lord,” “Everything Will Be Alright,” “Stand Out, ” “Everything” and “Victory” from their chart-topping albums Life (2004), Victory Live(2006), and Stand Out (2008). Tye and G.A. also performed “He Turned It” from his latest GRAMMY winning album Greater Than.
The first part of BLOODY WIN was recorded in May to a jam packed house in Greenville, South Carolina at The Redemption Center with Tye’s label-mate Tasha Cobbs as a featured artist among others.
(All photos courtesy of Joesph Mobley)