Full performer name: Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir.
Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir includes: Hezekiah Walker (vocals, director); Kim Burrell, Heather Covington, Timiney Figueroa-Caton, Minister Kirvy Brown, Ted & Shari, Timmel Paterson, Lucinda Simmons-Moore (vocals); Serita Thompson (trumpet); Marvin Thompson (trombone); Joe "Flip" Wilson (Fender Rhodes piano); Teddie Rollins (organ); Jules Bartholomew (keyboards); Dwayne Gott (drums).
Recorded live at Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York on February 16, 2002; Harmony Park Recording Studio, Detroit, Michigan; Battery Studios, New York, New York.
FAMILY AFFAIR II was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Gospel Choir Or Chorus Album.
Personnel: Pastor Hezekiah Walker (vocals); Heather Covington, J Moss, John P. Kee, Kirvy Brown, Kim Burrell (vocals); James Cheeks (alto saxophone); Clifton Brockington (trumpet); Marvin Thompson (trombone); Joe "Flip" Wilson (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); James Williams (organ); Jermaine Allen (percussion).
Audio Mixers: L. Grant Greene; Harry Mart¡nez; John Jaszcz; Todd Fairall.
Recording information: Battery Studios, New York, NY (02/16/2002); Clinton Recording Studios, New York, NY (02/16/2002); Harmonie Park Recording Studio, Detroit, MI (02/16/2002); Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY (02/16/2002).
Hezekiah Walker may lead one of the most popular and exciting contemporary gospel choirs (the Love Fellowship Choir) and be a Grammy-winning recording artist, but his music and message are based in something much deeper than the music business. The Brooklyn-born Walker established his own church in the East New York section of Brooklyn, one of the most dangerous, crime-ridden areas in the city, and pioneered extremely successful community outreach programs. The Pastor's work with his choir is an outgrowth of his ministry, helping to spread through music the message of faith that has inspired Walker and his Choir to help so many others.
Musically, the marriage of pop, funk, R&B, and gospel is a crisp, energetic one. Solid, funky grooves bubble beneath the jubilant sound of Walker's emotive voice and the grand accompaniment of the massed choral voices. The live format makes it all the more possible to experience the very visceral connection that Walker and the choir make with their audience in what could only be termed a FAMILY AFFAIR.