Grammy-nominated gospel artist Marvin Sapp will appear at the Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia at 7 p.m. Saturday in celebration of his new holiday album, "Christmas Card."
Fans who purchase the new CD from DTLR (Down Town Locker Room) will be invited to meet Sapp.
For popular music fans, the soulful lead single "Home for Christmas," featuring R&B crooner Joe, will be reminiscent of classic holiday songs by Donny Hathaway or The Whispers.
But the CD also contains Christmas standards performed by artists passionate about conveying "the reason for the season." Sapp reunites with gospel super-group Commissioned (Fred Hammond, Keith Staten, Mitchell Jones, Karl Reid, Michael Williams and Marcus Cole) on "What Child Is This?" and "Honor The King."
"I’m excited about ‘Christmas Card’ for so many reasons. This release marks two firsts in my career — this is my first Christmas album as well as the first time I’ve co-produced an album," said Sapp. "It was also great to team up with Joe, who is an amazing R&B singer, and reunite with my brothers from Commissioned."
The Stellar Awards-winning and Grammy-nominated Sapp dominated both contemporary and gospel music charts with the 2007 hit "Never Would Have Made It," which held the No. 1 position on the Billboard radio charts for 43 weeks, longer than any artist in Billboard’s history, including the Beatles and Elvis Presley. Sapp went on to release the chart-topping albums "Here I Am" and "I Win."