For almost two decades, the platinum selling, Chicago-based ensemble known as Shekinah Glory Ministry (SGM) has set the standard for urban praise and worship music. They’ve made spiritual anthems such as “Praise is What I Do,” “Yes” and “Jesus” universally known refrains that congregations around the globe sing whenever they convene. With five RIAA gold and platinum record and video certifications behind them, this coterie of psalmists, minstrels and banner-wavers continue their rich legacy with a new offering, “Cornerstone.”
Shekinah Glory Ministry
A proud Chicago native, Kim arrived on the music scene in 1994 with the Grammy nominated hit, I’m In This Place, the title track of her debut album. Other hits followed including More Than Enough, Mercy Saw Me, You Are My God and New Life as well as the 2007 critically-acclaimed CD, Almost 4-got 2 Worship.
Known as Kim “Powerhouse” Stratton, she mesmerizes congregations around the country with her soul-stirring performances of her other popular tunes I Feel Jesus, I Will Praise Thee, O Lord and Rendezvous.
Her latest musical triumphs with Chicago’s Living Word Christian Center include Favor Ain’t Fair and Awesome Wonder, both produced by Donald Lawrence.
Kim travels widely as a Psalmist for Christian conferences and conventions and is a sought-after speaker for women’s ministries.
The Whispers, an iconic R&B group, emerged in the late 1960s and went on to achieve immense success with their smooth harmonies, captivating performances, and soulful ballads. Formed in Los Angeles, California, the group consisted of twin brothers Walter and Wallace Scott, along with Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon.
In the early years, The Whispers garnered attention with their distinctive blend of R&B, soul, and disco influences. Their first charting hit came in 1970 with the single "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong," which showcased their velvety harmonies and heartfelt lyrics. Throughout the 1970s, they continued to release a string of successful singles, including "Olivia (Lost and Turned Out)," "Make It With You," and "One for the Money (Part 1)."
The Whispers' breakthrough came in the 1980s when they signed with the Solar Records label. Their album "The Whispers" (1980) marked a turning point in their career, spawning the timeless hits "And the Beat Goes On" and "Lady." These songs not only dominated the R&B charts but also crossed over to mainstream pop, solidifying their status as R&B legends.
With their refined choreography, suave style, and romantic ballads, The Whispers became synonymous with love songs and smooth R&B. They continued their chart success in the 1980s with notable hits like "Rock Steady," "In the Mood," and "It's a Love Thing."
Throughout their extensive career, The Whispers achieved numerous accolades and awards, including American Music Awards, Soul Train Music Awards, and inductions into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Their music has influenced countless artists in the R&B genre, and their enduring appeal has made them a favorite among fans of all generations.
Despite lineup changes and the loss of Marcus Hutson in 2000, The Whispers remained active and continued to perform, ensuring that their timeless music resonated with new audiences. Their rich legacy in R&B music, spanning over five decades, cements The Whispers as one of the most celebrated and influential groups in the genre's history and we are glad to have them in the Kingdom Records Family!