*“My nephew…wrote the song,” said Kevin Lemons, a well known choir/vocal director in Atlanta, about the new single “For Your Good” (HezHouse/RCA Inspiration) from Kevin Lemons and Higher Calling. “It’s about being tested and tried and being disappointed…about coming out that.”
Lemons’ Higher Calling choir started out with 50 members from his fathers’ church, and now it consist of over 70 powerhouse-singers. After many years of directing the Higher Calling choir vocals, Kevin was contacted by Grammy Award winning Bishop Hezekiah Walker about signing to this new record label HezHouse, distributed by RCA Inspiration. The “For Your Good” single is off of their 3rd album titled “3rd Round” due out in the summer of 2021.
“For many years Bishop Walker and I’ve had a working relationship,” said Kevin. “When he comes to Atlanta he would need a choir and he’d call me. When he decided to do his label he said, ‘I want to keep choirs alive and the second act I want to be is you.’ I blinked and it happened that fast and it’s been a joy.”
Kevin Lemons started directing choir vocals at a very young age with the Atlanta Masonic Choir. Kevin Lemons and Higher Calling released their debut as “Destined for Greatness.” In 2013 they released their sophomore album titled “The Declaration” and it reached #10 on Billboard’s Gospel Chart. He went on to hold classes/workshops at local colleges, universities and churches through out the United States and internationally.
“I started ‘teaching’ choirs at the age of 12,” Lemons informed me. “Over the years my father allowed me to build my reputation.”
When I talked of my choir directing experiences of taking secular songs and changing the lyrics to make them Gospel, he said, “I took (traditional) Gospel songs and changed the rhythm. We have to do things to draw-in the next generation.”
In 2018 Kevin Lemons directed the vocals for the soundtrack to the Netflix film Come Sunday. In 2019 he directed the vocals for the 34th Stellar Music Awards.
“I had a vocal production contract to do just the choir scenes,” he pointed out when I asked about him directing for Netflix’s Come Sunday film. “I got involved a little bit more though. They said, ‘Kevin, try this. Do a feel good song’.”
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