Gospel great Marvin Sapp will celebrate the release of his eighth album Here I Am at the Mall at Stonecrest on Thursday, March 18, at 7 p.m. with a live performance and CD signing event at Borders Stonecrest. Fans are invited to meet Marvin Sapp up close and personal and access the VIP meet and greet with the purchase of Here I Am from Borders Stonecrest. Here I Am will go on sale on Tuesday, March 16, at 10 a.m. at Borders Stonecrest. Only those fans who purchase the new CD from Borders Stonecrest will receive a wristband that will gain you access to the meet and greet. Proof of purchase is required. First come, first serve, while supplies last.
The title Here I Am for gospel star Marvin Sapp's eighth and latest album is more than a little ironic when one considers that "Never Would Have Made It" from his 2007 release Thirsty has been among the most ubiquitous gospel songs of the last three years - let alone all time. The mega-selling "Never Would Have Made It" held down the No. 1 slot at Gospel radio for almost a full year, topped the Urban AC chart (the first to do so since Yolanda Adams' "Open My Heart"), was a top selling ringtone and ringback, and propelled Thirsty to the top of the gospel charts for 27 weeks. So no one has had any problem finding Marvin Sapp since the ascent of that uplifting anthem. The singing preacher has been spreading his message with pride, reverence and triumph.
How does an artist go about following up such a monumental success? Marvin Sapp's answer is simple. "If it's not broken, don't fix it," he states. "I have the same musicians, the same singers and even recorded at the same venue. Why did I do everything the same - because I wanted to produce the same anointing."