Byron Cage

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Byron Cage
Born (1962-12-15) December 15, 1962 (age 52)
Origin Grand Rapids, Michigan Detroit
Genres Gospel
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Organ
Years active 1989–present
Labels Gospocentric
Associated acts PAJAM, J Moss, Kurt Carr, Commissioned, Kim Burrell
Website www.byroncageonline.com

Byron Cage (born December 15, 1962) is an American gospel recording artist.

Early years[edit]

Inspired by the singing of the late Rev. Donald Vails and Thomas Whitfield, Cage began singing gospel music as a teenager. Cage went on to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, where he was a member of the Morehouse College Glee Club. He also joined New Birth Cathedral in Atlanta. He also served as music director for Greater Grace Temple (PAW), in Detroit, Michigan.

Musical career[edit]

1995-1998: Purpose and Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship Mass Choir[edit]

While signed to Atlanta International, Byron Cage & Purpose released two live recordings: Dwell Among Us in 1995, which featured "Dwell Among Us", "The Blood" and "The Glory Song" & Transparent in Your Presence in 1996, featuring "Forever I'll Worship", "He's There", and "God's Word". On both albums, Cage served as co-producer. Cage has also made a guest appearance with the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship Church Choir and Bishop Paul S. Morton. He appeared on the albums "New Thing: Experience the Fullness" in 1996 and "Bow Down & Worship Him" in 1998. The song "Shabach" featured on the 1996 album was written by Cage.

2003: Byron Cage (Live at New Birth Cathedral)[edit]

For his first recording with Gospocentric Records, and after having parted ways with Purpose, Byron Cage released his first solo LP Live at New Birth Cathedral with an accompanying DVD. His most celebrated work to date, Live showcases the production abilities of his labelmate Kurt Carr, as well as the writing ability of famed gospel vocalist Donnie McClurkin, on a track entitled "It Is To You." The album's success garnered Cage five Stellar Award wins in 2004.

2005: An Invitation to Worship[edit]

On Byron's second release from Gospocentric, An Invitation to Worship he enlists the production of PAJAM, as evident on the track entitled "We Love You", which features J Moss, a prominent member of the production trio. On the CD/DVD set, Cage has found tremendous comfort in his role as a renowned worship leader on church favorites: "I Will Bless the Lord", "He Reigns", and "Lift Him Up". An Invitation to Worship was nominated for three Stellar Awards and a Grammy in 2007.

2007: The Proclamation (Live at the Apollo)[edit]

Cage recorded a live CD/DVD entitled The Proclamation at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City on April 26, 2007. The project featured special guests Kelly Price, Kim Burrell, & Dave Hollister and was produced by his An Invitation to Worship collaborators, PAJAM. The album was released on September 18, 2007.[1]

2009: Faithful to Believe[edit]

On Friday, March 13, 2009, Byron recorded Faithful to Believe live in Detroit. The album features special guests Tye Tribbett, Karen Clark Sheard, and Marvin Winans. Grammy Award winner and Israel Houghton's writing/producing partner Aaron Lindsey handled the production. The album was released on October 27, 2009.[2]

2012: Memoirs of a Worshipper[edit]

On Tuesday, June 19, 2012, Byron will release his next album Memoirs of a Worshipper' 'recorded live at Christ Universal Temple in Chicago. The album will feature special guest Fred Hammond, Clifton Ross, & Mumen "Mookie" Ngenge. Byron teamed up again on this project with Stellar Award-winning producer Aaron Lindsey. This album features the single Great and Mighty

Personal life[edit]

On May 22, 2004, Byron married pediatric dentist, Dr. Sonya Windham Cage, before 1,000 guests at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC.[3]

Byron Cage serves as minister of music at Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Fort Washington, Maryland.[4] In addition, as of June 2012, he will also serve as the minister of music at The Saint Paul's Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

DVDs[edit]

  • Byron Cage Live
  • An Invitation to Worship
  • Live at the Apollo: The Proclamation
  • Faithful to Believe

Filmography[edit]

  • The Cosby Show

Awards[edit]

Award Year Music Category Result
Stellar Awards 2007 An Invitation to Worship Praise and Worship CD of the Year Nominated
Stellar Awards 2007 I Will Bless the Lord Song of the Year Won
Stellar Awards 2007 An Invitation to Worship Recorded Music Package of the Year Nominated
Stellar Awards 2007 An Invitation to Worship Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Grammys 2006 An Invitation to Worship New Gospel Album of the Year Nominated
NAACP Image Awards 2006 An Invitation to Worship Best Gospel Performance Nominated
NAACP Image Awards 2006 An Invitation to Worship New Gospel Album of the Year Nominated
Stellar Awards 2004 Live at New Birth Cathedral Male Vocalist of the Year Won
Stellar Awards 2004 Live at New Birth Cathedral CD of the Year Won
Stellar Awards 2004 The Presence of the Lord Is Here Song of the Year Won
Stellar Awards 2004 Live at New Birth Cathedral Producer of the Year Won
Stellar Awards 2004 Live at New Birth Cathedral Contemporary CD of the Year Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Release Tuesday". New Release Tuesday. Archived from the original on 2007-05-18. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  2. ^ "Verity Gospel". Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  3. ^ "Out the Box". Detroit Gospel. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  4. ^ "The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church Names Byron Cage as New Minister of Music". The Belle Report. Archived from the original on 2012-06-12. Retrieved 12 June 2012.