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SIR THE BAPTIST PREMIERES “RAISE HELL” WITH BET.COM, THE LEAD VIDEO SINGLE FROM FULL-LENGTH DEBUT “PREACHER’S SON” OUT AUGUST 14TH “Sir blurs the line between Saturday night at the club and Sunday morning at Church. Simply incredible.”
– JEFF VAUGHN, WARNER MUSIC GROUP“One of the most diverse records of the year…. Welcome to church.”
– GRAMMY GOVERNOR DARYL JONES “Thank God real performers still exist”
– SEAN DALE, POWER 92.3FMWitness Sir The Baptist’s Triumphant New Video for “Raise Hell”:
Official Single Artwork
June 24, 2015 – Urban hymnist Sir The Baptist has teamed up with BET.com for the exclusive video premiere of “Raise Hell”. Borrowing heavily from gospel and hip-hop traditions, the R&B/soul crooner has crafted a one-of-a-kind, socio-political juggernaut, pinpointing the urgency and angst surrounding current issues with racism and police brutality. “There’s something boiling in this generation of youth,” Sir explains. “We’re breaking all the rules for mankind’s sake.” Conceptualized and directed by Sir himself, he defines the visual as “an educational and artistic demonstration” rather than a standard music video:
SEE BET.com PREMIERE @ http://www.bet.com/news/music/2015/06/24/exclusive-sir-the-baptist-raise-hell.html
Timeless yet more relevant than ever, “Raise Hell” is a triumphant new anthem forged in the same vein as “We Shall Overcome”, “A Change Is Gonna Come”, and “Young, Gifted, and Black”. The track is available for streaming and free digital download here: https://soundcloud.com/sirthebaptist/raisehell
“Raise Hell” serves as the lead single for Sir’s forthcoming debut full-length PREACHER’S SON, set for worldwide release on August 14, 2015. With mentorship from Grammy Award Winning Producer Rodney Jerkins and co-production from Grammy Award Winning Gospel Producer Donald Lawrence, the 16-track LP showcases the full spectrum of his innovative “contemporary ghetto gospel”.
This Saturday, June 27th, Sir set to take the stage at The BET Experience in Los Angeles, CA. (Scroll down to view a full list of upcoming performances.) Additional summer/fall US tour dates will be announced later in the season.
Raised by a pastor in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood (aka Jazz Heaven), Sir was born a “church boy” and evolved into a spiritually-attuned rebel. His music is a game-changing fusion of the secular and sacred – with a message that’s refreshingly progressive, delightfully innovative, and sometimes unapologetically necessary for today’s cultural climate. In the same spirit Ray Charles brought gospel influence into the pop world with “I Got A Woman”, Madonna with“Like A Prayer”, and Kanye West with “Jesus Walks” — Sir the Baptist takes the concept of “twisted faith” to a new level. His range is uncanny, his talent is unquestionable, and his provocation is enlightened.
Most recently, fans heard Sir the Baptist on Chance the Rapper and The Social Experiment’s SURF album, alongside King Louie and Quavo of Migos on the track “Familiar”. Sir has performed with the Joffrey Ballet and Travis Scott, and recorded with legends such as Frank Sinatra Jr. and composer/orchestrator Lee Musiker (Tony Bennett, Jerry Lewis).
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PILGRIMAGE TO GLORY TOUR DATES
June 27th – Los Angeles, CA @ The BET Experience
July 18th – Santa Monica, CA @ Rapp Saloon / Hostelling International Charity Event
July 26th – Los Angeles, CA – Busby’s East
July 29th – Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues (tentative)
July 30th – Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club
September 2nd – Chicago, IL @ Jerry’s Wicker Park
*** Additional dates TBA