Kurt Carr

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Kurt Carr
The Kurt Carr Singers perform for President George W. Bush and guests on June 17, 2008 in the East Room of the White House
The Kurt Carr Singers perform for President George W. Bush and guests on June 17, 2008 in the East Room of the White House
Background information
Born (1964-10-12) October 12, 1964 (age 56)
Hartford, Connecticut
GenresGospel, praise & worship
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, piano
Years active1986–present
LabelsLight Records, GospoCentric, Verity Gospel Music Group, Interscope, RCA Inspiration
Associated actsJames Cleveland, Anastacia, Nakitta Foxx
Websitehttps://www.thekurtcarr.com/

Kurt Carr (born October 12, 1964) is an American gospel music composer and performer. While living in the city of Hartford, Connecticut, he served as Minister of Music at The First Baptist Church of Hartford located at the time on Greenfield Street. He is currently the Praise and Worship leader at The Fountain Of Praise in Houston, TX.

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Kurt Carr was born in the mid-1960s in Hartford, Connecticut, where he grew up in a family who believed in Jesus, but was not deeply involved in church. At the age of 13, Kurt found himself being increasingly drawn to the church. In his early teen years, he performed as an actor and dancer at the Hartford Stage Company in a Broadway musical called On the Town, which was directed by Clay Stevenson. He became an active member in his church's music department. At the age of 17, Carr realized that he was being called to do something even higher with his life. After high school, he entered into the music program at the University of Connecticut, where he studied classical music and earned a Fine Arts degree. Carr is a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.

Music career[edit]

Carr was piano accompanist for Andrae Crouch's music ministry for one year. Carr was subsequently hired to be musical director and pianist for Rev. James Cleveland’s ministry and was employed there for seven years, until Cleveland's death. Eventually, Carr became director of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ Choir, where he had the opportunity to work with both gospel and secular musical artists, including Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin. In 1987 while in Los Angeles, Carr formed a six-member gospel vocal ensemble called The Kurt Carr Singers. They released their first albulm in 1988. Years later on Light Records in 1991. The singers released major-label debut Together which was recorded live a few months after Rev. James Cleveland's death. Light Records eventually had problems however, Kurt Carr met Vicki Mack who is the owner of GospoCentric Records. In 1994, the group released their first album on Gospocentric titled Serious About It. The album introduced the Background Choir called the Choir of Life which features members from West Angeles Cogic. The album also featured a sample of Salt-N-Peppa's Whatta Man in which a tour with Kirk Franklin & The Family began shortly after that as they joined along the tour. In July 1996, the singers had a live recording at West Angeles church for their album No One Else which was released in March 1997. The album also features Anastacia, Mary Mary, & Andrea McClurkin-Mellini (who is the sister of Donnie McClurkin) serving as additional background vocals.[1][citation needed]. The album won awards for the song For Every Mountain. In 2000, Kurt Carr and his group released their blockbuster Awesome Wonder which featured In the Sanctuary which also won awards. Kurt Carr was featured on the Kingdom Come Soundtrack in 2001. Years later after GospoCentric became owned by Zomba Label Group, Kurt Carr release the One Church Project which was known for God Blocked It and God Great God. The theme of the album was about being a multicultural church In 2008, after GospoCentric Folded, Kurt Carr released his first two disc album Just the Beginning which was released on his self titled label Kurt Carr Gospel which was owned by Zomba. The group also grew to seven members. In 2013, Kurt Carr released Bless this House on Verity Records which included the single I've Seen Him Do It. After a six year hiatus, Kurt Carr released Bless Somebody Else on RCA Records' Gospel Label in 2019 in which Kurt Carr Gospel Label from Just the Beginning returned. The single was released the same year as long with the ballad Blessing After Blessing a year later.

Carr's music is a blend of traditional gospel composition and vocals, with elements of R&B, jazz, soul, blues, and the distinct modern harmonies and singing styles found in urban contemporary gospel. The Kurt Carr Singers under his direction and musical influence have created seven albums. Kurt Carr has won four Stellar Awards.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
US
[2]
US
R&B
/HH

[3]
US
Gospel

[4]
US
Christian

[5]
I'm Glad
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Charnya Records (#CR 3123)[6]
  • Formats: LP
Together
Serious About It!
No One Else
  • Released: March 25, 1997[10]
  • Label: GospoCentric (#G2 1S 7575 1 72138 2)[11]
  • Formats: CD
Awesome Wonder
  • Released: September 19, 2000[12]
  • Label: GospoCentric (#75751-70016-2)[13]
  • Formats: CD, cassette
5 14
  • US: 400,000 (as of 2002)[15]
One Church Project
  • Released: March 22, 2005[16]
  • Label: GospoCentric, Zomba (#75751-70058-2)[17]
  • Formats: CD, cassette
109 27 1
Just The Beginning
  • Released: October 28, 2008[18]
  • Label: Kurt Carr Gospel, Verity, Zomba (#88697297532)[19]
  • Formats: CD, HDCD
62 2
Bless This House
  • Released: January 22, 2013[20]
  • Label: Verity (#88691-96121-2)[21]
  • Formats: CD
43
[22]
1
[23]
Bless Somebody Else 2

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title[4] Album details[4] Peak chart positions
US
Gospel

[4]
Playlist: The Very Best of Kurt Carr & the Kurt Carr Singers
  • Released: September 15, 2009[26]
  • Labels: GospoCentric, Legacy, Verity (#57642)[26]
  • Formats: CD
33
Setlist: The Very Best Of Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers Live
  • Released: December 23, 2011[27]
  • Labels: GospoCentric, Legacy, Sony Legacy (#88691 90780 2)[27]
  • Formats: CD
50

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Gospel

[28]
"God Blocked It" 2004 3 One Church
"God Great God" 26
"Peace And Favor Rest On Us" 2008 2 Just The Beginning
"Bless Somebody Else (Dorothy's Song)" 2019 18 Bless Somebody Else

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 9, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Kurt Carr Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  3. ^ "Kurt Carr Chart History: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "Kurt Carr Chart History: Top Gospel Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "Kurt Carr Chart History: Top Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  6. ^ "The Kurt Carr Singers – Im Glad (1988, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  7. ^ "The Kurt Carr Singers – Together (1991, CD)". Discogs. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Serious About It! - Kurt Carr". Allmusic. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  9. ^ "The Kurt Carr Singers – Serious About It! (1994, CD)". Discogs. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  10. ^ "No One Else - Kurt Carr, Kurt Carr Singers". Allmusic. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  11. ^ "The Kurt Carr Singers – No One Else (1997, CD)". Discogs. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  12. ^ "Awesome Wonder - Kurt Carr, Kurt Carr Singers". Allmusic. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  13. ^ "The Kurt Carr Singers – Awesome Wonder (2000, CD)". Discogs. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  14. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. May 27, 2003. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  15. ^ Gospel. Billboard. 114. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. March 9, 2002. p. 22. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved March 31, 2020 – via Google Books.
  16. ^ GospelFlava 4, 2021 http://www.gospelflava.com/reviews/kurtcarronechurch.htmlaccess-date=February 4, 2021 Check |url= value (help). Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ "The Kurt Carr Project – One Church (2005, CD)". Discogs. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  18. ^ "Just The Beginning - Kurt Carr". Allmusic. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  19. ^ "Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers – One Church (2005, CD)". Discogs. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  20. ^ "Bless This House - Kurt Carr". Allmusic. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  21. ^ "Kurt Carr, The Kurt Carr Singers – Bless This House (2013, CD)". Discogs. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  22. ^ "Billboard 200: The week of February 9, 2013". Billboard.com. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  23. ^ "Top Gospel Albums: The week of February 9, 2013". Billboard.com. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  24. ^ "Bless Somebody Else - Kurt Carr". Allmusic. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  25. ^ "Kurt Carr – Bless Somebody Else (2019, CD)". Discogs. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  26. ^ a b "Playlist: The Very Best of Kurt Carr & the Kurt Carr Singers - Kurt Carr". Allmusic. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  27. ^ a b "Setlist: The Very Best of Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers Live - Kurt Carr". Allmusic. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  28. ^ "Kurt Carr Chart History: Hot Gospel Songs". Billboard.com. Retrieved March 29, 2020.