BET’s “Sunday Best” runner-up Jessica Reedy debuts at the top of the Billboard Gospel Album Chart this week with the September 27, 2011 release of her debut album, From The Heart, on Light Records. Produced and co-written by Warryn Campbell, Reedy, Claude Kelly, Chuck Harmony, James “Big Jim” Wright, Shep Crawford, Daniel Moore, and Mali Music, From The Heart features the outstanding Faith Evans, The Soul Seekers and Doc Powell, and is an album dedicated to true vocal style and Reedy’s personal charisma that is all about love, honesty, praising God and embracing her purpose. In addition to claiming the #1 spot on the Billboard Gospel Album Chart in its first week of release, From The Heart premiered on the Christian & Gospel iTunes Chart at #1.
This year has been a bit of a whirlwind for Reedy between recording and releasing her freshman album, having it debut at #1, all while consistently touring the U.S. to promote the project and her career. Some of her upcoming promotional dates include: New York, NY (10/10); Philadelphia, PA (10/11); Muncie, IN (10/15); Dallas, TX (10/18); Chicago, IL (10/21; 12/9); Washington, DC (10/22-23); Baton Rouge, LA (10/28); Columbus, OH (10/29); Alaska (11/10-14); Baltimore, MD (11/19); Charlotte, NC (11/21); Buffalo, NY (12/4); Lagos, Nigeria (12/13). Reedy will also appear on BET’s “Bobby Jones Gospel” on 10/16 at 9:00am ET/PT to perform her single, “Put It On The Altar,” and the hymn, “Peace Be Still.”
On the album, the current radio favorite and summer smash, “Put It On The Altar,” was co-written by Reedy and speaks to finding a solution to one’s problems. Yet it is the lead single off From The Heart, “God Has Smiled On Me,” that showcases Reedy’s one-of-a-kind voice, incomparable range and arresting low register. Another standout favorite on From The Heart is “Blue God,” a profoundly moving song speaking to our selfishness in our relationships with God. Penned and produced by fellow rising star Mali Music, the song evokes feelings of sadness, and the heaviness and sultry approach by Reedy gives the song literal and figurative weight.
“I would have to describe my music as ‘heart songs’,” said Reedy. “It’s music from my heart about the One I love the MOST. I don’t really know the style or category it fits in … it’s just me.”
Reedy first gained national attention as a contestant on the second season of the national TV competition BET’s “Sunday Best.” After auditioning in Washington DC, she quickly found herself in the Top 20 performing on the main stage for judges Mary Mary and Bebe Winans. Reedy made it all the way to the finals where she was eventually named runner-up.
For her debut album, Reedy called upon industry pals The Soul Seekers to appear on the great Quartet-esque “Still Here,” written by Doug Williams andfeaturing Teddy Campbell. Showing musical savvy and versatility, Reedy also offers the ultra Disco-esque “Doctor Love” featuring Faith Evans, a remake of the 70’s dance floor classic. Other notable songs include “So In Love With You (Amazing),” “When I Close My Eyes” featuring Doc Powell, which Reedy co-wrote and produced with renowned songwriters James “Big Jim” Wright and Daniel Moore. ‘Super-producer’ Warryn Campbell lent his talents to several tracks including “Still Here,” “Marching On” and “Doctor Love.”
[Download] “From The Heart” from iTunes!