David Phelps, CLASSIC
Multiple Platinum Artist, 2 time Grammy Award Winner, 4 time Dove Award Winner, David Phelps has undoubtedly made a strong name in the gospel world. Phelps is preparing to release his much anticipated solo album CLASSIC which includes 13 arias, classical anthems and newly arranged pop songs with original compositions that will both reflect upon a lifetime of achievement and exemplify his powerhouse tenor vocal prowess. With an Intimate Performance at Jim Caruso’s ‘CAST PARTY’.
This recording is a special one to Phelps as not only a singer, songwriter, arranger and a producer; but it is the recording that he has been training for all of his life. “I have always wanted to create great art over the course of my career. I am a student; I love to learn and I have gained so much along the path, from contemporary gospel to the Gaither Vocal Band to solo projects,” Phelps explains. “I feel like this genre of music fits my vocal gifts, and I believe it is the next anchor point of my journey.” Phelps’ first confirmation of doing such album was on a very organic level. He began performing solo the renowned Puccini aria “Nessun Dorma,” after revering Luciano Pavarotti’s consummate recording since high school. “I didn’t know how audiences would take it,” Phelps admits. “To my surprise, night after night, they’d be on their feet before the song even finished. It was amazing. When it kept getting the same reaction, I realized something was happening here.”
With this confirmation in hand Phelps went into the studio and worked with the iconic Bill Gaither and the two toiled over the song selection for more than a year. Starting from about 100 titles Phelps whittled it down to 13 powerful compositions and recorded it with a full choir and the Nashville Recording Orchestra. The album shows a very personal side to Phelps as it showcases several family members and the journey and struggles of the path of life while making this record. Both of Phelps’ daughters, his sister, and mother lend to the vocals and professional trumpeting on the album. Phelps faced a bittersweet moment with his sister, Sherri Proctor, who has toured with him for 15 years which accompanied him on vocals in “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” During this time she was fighting breast cancer and sadly, lost her battle late this summer. “It’s the sweetest thing about this whole project for me, and inspired a lot of my emotion in the song,” he says. “It’s bittersweet and heartbreaking, but something I will cherish forever.”