Benita Farmer and New Journey
“Cutting edge.” “Spectacular!” “Simply award-worthy.” All are statements that have been used to describe one of gospel and Christian music’s newest phenomena, Benita Farmer & New Journey. Composed of extremely talented and anointed minstrels, preacher’s kids and praise & worship leaders, ‘New Journey’ has helped shape the sound of Benita’s sophomore album Come Home.
Benita Farmer and New Journey have combined uplifting lyrics and powerful instrumental pieces to produce a project that incredibly fuses contemporary Christian, Caribbean, and progressive rock. This musical ingenuity was derived from several influences including Dream Theater, Jaco Pastorious, Chick Corea, Byron Ward, Tye Tribbett, Kim Burrell, Sonic Flood, and Tim Hughes.
The mastermind behind all of the eccentric instrumentals, partial songwriting and postproduction is no other than Benita’s brother Lawrence Farmer IV. This up-and-coming composer and arranger teamed up with veteran engineer Anthony Bell to co-produce the album. Bell’s stellar work can be found on records belonging to Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Usher, Jewel, Jazmine Sullivan, and James Poyser. Their collaboration is designed to take the world on a journey.
From start to finish, this group has appeared to make a bold statement to use the gifts that God gives you to make an impact on the world. With their project, "Come Home", everyone can identify with something on the project from the title track "Come Home" which is based on the story of the prodigal son, urging the lost to return, to "Destiny" which encourages us to reach for our purpose in Christ.
Benita Farmer and New Journey are on a mission to "….go out into the highways, and hedges, and compel" all people that will to come to Jesus. (Luke 14:23) Along with the mega-churches and stadiums, they enjoy ministering in the prisons, the colleges, the streets, and to any and all people willing to hear about Christ. It does not matter what stage or what crowd, they will sing with hopes of someone’s life being changed and turned over completely to Jesus Christ. They dare to be used by God in whatever way He sees fit, and vow to continuously keep God first in their lives without compromise.
Benita Farmer - Lead Vocals
Ramona Tribbett- Tenor vox
Taneya Mcclellen- Alto/Sop vox
Stephanie Heath- Alto vox
Shannell Taylor- Sop vox
Ronald King- Drums
Larry Farmer- Keys
Phill Collier- Organ/Keys
Greg Bowens- Keys
Harry Wilson- Lead guitar
Rick Dorr- Lead Guitar
Mark Ings- Bass guitar
Tyrell McKoy- Pecussion
"Higher", "Dance of Eternity", and "Future's Road" singles are available and playing on the radio.
May 2008- Artist of the Month
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W.IN.E Magazine "Cutting edge." "Spectacular!" "Simply award-worthy." ..... www.winewomeninenterta...W.IN.E Magazine
"Cutting edge." "Spectacular!" "Simply award-worthy." .....
2 time Stellar Award Nominee 1st round Ballot
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Mount Laurel, New Jersey has much to rave about with the recent successes of Benita Farmer & New Jou...Mount Laurel, New Jersey has much to rave about with the recent successes of Benita Farmer & New Journey. The ground-breaking group, known for their fresh, captivating sound, has already received notable accolades. The Christian ensemble’s leader, Benita Farmer, was recognized as New Jersey’s Top Independent Female Vocalist in 2003 and 2004 and also in Ebony Magazine as one of the Best New Artists in Black Music. Recently, Farmer was honored when her name was placed on the first round ballot of the 2008-2009 Stellar Awards, the gospel version of the GRAMMY Awards, as Female Vocalist of the Year and Best Contemporary Group or Duo of the Year. Final nominations for the Stellar Awards will be announced in October with the awards show premiering in mid-January 2009.
The recognition is a capstone to success that Benita Farmer & New Journey’s sophomore release, Come Home, has garnered. Made up of praise and worship leaders and “preachers kids”, Benita Farmer & New Journey has carved out a niche with a sound that merges Contemporary Christian, gospel, rock, R&B and Latin music. Tracks like the lead single “Higher”, wi th its CCM and pop stylings, and “Dance of Eternity”, a potpourri of a variety of musical influences, easily showcase the group’s diversity.
Farmer, Minister of Music at Church of the Living God in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a native of the City of Brotherly Love, is the daughter of legendary gospel artist Barbara Ward-Farmer. Distributed by Edmondson Communications, Inc. and produced by Farmer’s brother, Lawrence Farmer, III, and Anthony Bell (Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Usher), Come Home has caught the attention of gospel announcers nationwide with singles in rotation on close to 250 stations.
For more information on Benita Farmer & New Journey, go to www.benita4newjourney.com or www.MySpace.com/Benita4NewJourney.
Come Home/Holy Are You Lord
Dance of Eternity
Concert set time approx. 45 to 1 hour
Can go longer if needed.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.