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Desmond Pringle

"Gospel's Premier Balladeer"

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Desmond Pringle is a passionate vocalist with a unique brand of balladry -- and one of the most talented songwriter/producers in gospel music today. Whether delivering his signature-smooth ballads, thought provoking lyrics or energetic choir songs, Desmond has already taken his place among the ranks of great gospel artists of his generation. A down to earth, approachable artist, Desmond's soulful gospel style has garnered him the title Gospel Balladeer from his ever-growing base of loyal supporters.

Desmond's journey into professional music began in the lead role of the hit gospel musical A Good Man Is Hard To Find. His portrayal received an NAACP Image Award nomination. The native South Carolinian then relocated to Chicago in 1993 to further develop his musical prowess. His work as a singer/songwriter gained him contributions to award-winning artists including Yolanda Adams, Bishop T. D. Jakes, R. Kelly and The Thompson Community Singers. Add to that-- stellar performances at the Stockholm Gospel Festival and the award as the Best Male Vocalist by the African American Religious Connection. In 1998 his independent release Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs grabbed the attention of Chicago radio and led to a deal with Tommy Boy Gospel. Loyalty attracted a broad-base, diverse, multicultural audience, and Desmond's first class musical performances won the enthusiastic respect of music lovers and accolades of industry professionals alike.

As a vocalist Desmond's rich, jaw-dropping vocal range and hallmark style is reflective of his varied musical influences. From contemporary gospel - to the soul - to pop and big band ---but a Desmond Pringle presentation always has a serious, unapologetic traditional gospel core. I grew up in church, so traditional gospel is definitely a center-piece for me. As a child I listened to the wonderful richness of artists like James Cleveland, The Hawkins Family, Andre Crouch and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. Even today, I love that sound. Hearing that music still stops me in my tracks. Maybe by today's standards it would be considered technologically imperfect by some, but for me--the heart and soul of that music stills comes through loud and clear. Even 20-30-40 years later, that is the music that has had - and continues to have-- a profound influence on my life and music.

After serving as VP of Urban / Gospel for Warner Bros. Records the ordained minister and psalmist was able to spend quality time working on songs without any distractions or pressures. God blessed and allowed me to slow my pace, says Desmond. It was really a good place in my life spiritually and creatively. I spent time getting in touch with my own heart and focusing on what I believe God wanted to say next through my music. It was out of that quiet time that his latest musical offering Be Still... was born.

Life today moves at an incredible pace. Everything is quick, fast, hurry up, and microwave, right away, right now. Time with God often gets squeezed out of the equation. As a result, people are stressed, depressed, worried and fearful. The Word of the Lord for all of us is to Be Still. Stop, take some time and get in the presence of God. God is concerned about everything that concerns us. Know that He has everything under control. Once we do that we can see His salvation - and His hand at work in our lives.

Be Still... contains new material - plus tracks from Desmond's participation as singer/songwriter on award winning, radio chart toppers including CeCe Winans and The Born Again Choir and Bishop Paul Morton and the Full Gospel Baptist Mass Choir. Creating music that is biblically sound, message-driven and church friendly is important to me, says Desmond. I was honored to be able to work with some of gospel music's most gifted artists.

Gospel music is a very simple - but powerful vehicle that is able to change hearts, says Desmond. Sharing my ministry and music with integrity is the most important thing in my life.


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Recording & Songwriting
Bishop T. D. Jakes, "Woman Thou Art Loosed" (Integrity)
Yolanda Adams "Yolanda Live" (Tribute)
R. Kelly, "I Believe I Can Fly" from the "Space Jam" Soundtrack (Warner Bros.)
Rev. Clay Evans & The AARC Mass Choir "He's A Battleax" & "Coming Home" (Meek)
Twinkie Clark Terrell "Masterpiece" (Tribute)
Kim MacFarland "So Amazing" (CGI)
Tyrone Dickerson & The Christian Fellowship Choir "Jesus Did It" (Tribute)
Marvin Sapp "Marvin Sapp" (Word)
Commissioned "Irreplaceable Love" (Benson)
Stockholm Gospel Choir "Praise Ye The Lord" (YMD)
The Thompson Community Singers "Real" (Myrhh)
Desmond Pringle Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs (Magnum Opus)

"A Good Man Is Hard To Find" (Lead Role)
"Only The Strong" (with Fred Hammond and Vanessa Bell Armstrong)
"Paint The White House Black"

Special Acknowledgments
NAACP Image Award Nomination (for lead role in "A Good Man Is Hard To Find")
African American Religious Connection Best Male Vocalist

Special Performances
Stockholm Gospel Festival 20 City European Tour

Additional Credits
WNUA & WVAZ Radio - Chicago - Station ID jingles
MTI Communications - Commercial jingle
Amarris Mortgage Company- Commercial jingle
State Farm Insurance- Principle in Industrial film


Be Still (September 26, 2006) Magnus Opus Entertainment
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Loyalty (January 16, 2001) Tommy Boy Gospel
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January 07, 2009

Gospel Balladeer Desmond Pringle performs Promise (video)

Desmond Pringle is shown here performing his inspirational song, "Promise", almost a cappella. He performs to an enraptured group of young and old followers. His light accompaniment on the piano is complimented half way through the video by the group of fans joining in to the song to celebrate "being a promise."

The presence of young kids in the group of fans is a heart-warming sight and shows how Pringle's music reaches to all age groups. He belts out his joyful words effortlessly, and his bright smile throughout the video shows what great pleasure he always takes in his music.

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December 24, 2008

Desmond Pringle Brings James Cleveland Back!

Well, not physically, but on his latest CD, 'Be Still', the Chicago-based gospel crooner manipulates the mixing board to sing a duet with the late King James, just as Natalie sang "Unforgettable" with her father Nat, and Hank Williams, Jr. duetted with his father Hank, Sr. on one of the latter's unreleased acetates.

The song Pringle selects for his otherworldly duet is James' "Jesus is the Best Thing," a reading of the Jim Weatherly composition originally recorded by Gladys Knight as "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" but with more sacred covers than secular by this point. The scratchy vinyl backdrop provides the appropriate context to the interpolation of James' shout-inducing singing and Desmond's smoky baritone.

"Jesus is the Best Thing" is being made available as a free mp3 download

"'Jesus is the Best Thing' is a standout track from Desmond Pringle's eye-opening 'Be Still' album. In this song, Desmond trades vocals with the legendary James Cleveland and creates a powerful masterpiece. Interspersed with static and live crowd noise, the song starts off in intriguing fashion. When the dueling vocals kick in, the awe-inspiring experience is taken to a whole different level. This is gospel music at its finest; this is over six minutes of pure bliss!" - Eric Hartline, MusicDish

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October 22, 2008

Free Gospel/Soul MP3 from Desmond Pringle

Desmond Pringle - "Just A Closer Walk With Thee feat. Shirley Caesar" [Be Still]

"'Just a Closer Walk With Thee' by Desmond Pringle is a joyful hymn that features the Grammy-nominated artist singing back-and-forth with gospel legend Shirley Caesar. Both artists have powerful voices that beckon everyone to take heed to the song's influential lyrics. The song has a warm feel to it and while the instrumentation is impressive, it is the dueling vocals that steals the show here. 'Just a Closer Walk With Thee' is an incredible highlight from Desmond's inspirational album, 'Be Still'." Eric Hartline, MusicDish
Buy Be Still on CD Baby

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