Bishop Jones & The City Of Refuge Sanctuary Choir/The City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir/Bishop Noel Jones: Agape Jerry, Tim Stewart (guitar); Dave Woods (acoustic guitar); Mark Cargill (strings); Eddie Brown, Gerald Haddon (piano); Mike Bereal, Bennett 'Ray' Paysinger, Patrick Bolton (organ); Marcus Hodge (keyboards); Alex Evans (bass guitar); Chris Johnson (drums); Stacy Lamont Sydnor (percussion); Nisan Stewart (drum programming).
Additional personnel: Reg'e Paul, Randy Ellis (alto saxophone); Miguel Gandelman (tenor saxophone); Ray Monterio (trumpet); Garrett Smith (trombone); The Movement Horns.
The debut album from Bishop Jones and the City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir blends contemporary R&B with traditional gospel for a powerfully uplifting experience. Recorded in a live setting before a congregation, WELCOME TO THE CITY features Jones leading a crack band that rumbles and rocks behind the choir, and whose collective power seems formidable enough to blow the roof off the venue. Yet the most powerful component of the performance is the impassioned testimony to Christian faith, as songs like "Glory to the Highest," "He is Worthy," and "Everybody Praise" show.