The EP (Realaudio)
Lets get it on (Realmedia)
Album: Project Omega, the EP (EP)
M.G. and Smoke Jumpa rhymin', production is done by M.G. and D.j. Nikel.
Shine, Chunksta, IllTrippOne, CYBORG, Shine's brotha, and the
Deadbeats all did production on the album.
Order: Trigland Productions
491 Baltimore Pike #662
Springfield, PA 19064
Album: Dance Like David
Album: Desination Unknown
Out Of Eden
Lovely day (MP3)
More than you know (MP3)
More than you know (Realaudio)
Album: Lovin' the day
Label: Gotee Records
Een superalbum!! Wat een stemmetjes! Helemaal onder de indruk ben ik
van dit stel. Als je alleen al het nummer 'Loving Day' draait, heb je
geheid ook een 'Loving Day' en kan je dag niet meer stuk. Echt mensen,
dit moet je horen!!
(source: Samma Nieuws - Maart 1995)
De tiener-meiden groep 'Out of Eden' en hun debuutalbum 'Lovin' the
Day' was de eerste release op het Gotee-label. De 14-, 16- en 18-
jarige zusjes werden twee jaar door Toby McKeeham onder de hoede
genomen. Samen maakte ze een single waaran er tienduizend verkocht
werden, een ongehoord feit in de gospelmuziek, en gingen op een tour
door zeventig plaatsen met DC Talk. De vocale capriolen van het trio
Lisa, Wendy en Joy doen denken aan de Motown groepen uit de jaren '60,
waarbij Out of Eden een aanstekelijke mix van Soul, HipHop en Funk
weet te crČeren.
(source: GMI Music Magazine - Mei 1995)
Thank you Jesus! There ain't no dissapointments on this here album. SWV and
Brandy move over, Joy, Lisa and Andrea with some help from the brothers
Gotee fix you with the non-stop funk. No redundancies. Some of the tracks
have a new-jack grove others are neo-disco and other are soulfully silk.
All of the funkyest Christian R&B you'll find. All Dat!
(source: Christophorus Darticus, Internet)
Out of Eden - a trio of sisters whose sweet harmonies are reminiscent
of the early Motown girl groups. Combining R&B, hip-hop and pop, this
debut release is set to cross all musical barriers
Produced by the GoTee brothers, 'Lovin' the Day' is an album of well-
crafted, thoughtfully written songs that will touch the R&B pop nerve
of kids everywhere.
With an appearance by DC Talk's Toby McKeehan (Bandwagon) and a future
radio single penned by by DC Talk's Michael Tait (Show Me), Out of Eden
is poised and ready to capture the attention of fans and critics
(source: Word Music Online, Internet)
Album: More Than You Know
Label: Gotee Records
At first glance, one would not have noticed anything unusual about the three young ladies riding amongst the students in the blue North Park logo-emblazoned van. For an afternoon in late March, it was an unusually snowy afternoon, one which would not normally be conducive to conversation. But there they were, enjoying the bumpy ride and trading quips and experiences with those around them, stopping occasionally to catch their breath after outbursts of laughter. To the uninformed observer, these ladies seemed in no way out of place riding in a vehicle full of lively African-American college students. Yet there was something special about these animated young women that distinguished them from the rest of the 18-to-24-year-olds in the van. These were the young women of Out of Eden, a Christian pop-R&B trio that has been rising in the ranks of the music industry. I had the privilege of joining a group of students selected to host the three sisters (Lisa Bragg and Andrea and Danielle Kimmey) for their stay in the Windy City, and we were headed down Lake Shore Drive towards downtown Chicago to eat at Michael Jordanís, the restaurant owned by the world-famous Bulls guard.
As we spent time with Ďda girlsí as they are sometimes called (though I found out from their road manager Jason King that they hate being called that) I was surprised at how down-to-earth they were. I guess subconsciously I was expecting the prima-donna attitude that is associated with successful pop divas. Danielle (who used to go by Joy but now casts deadly glances at anyone who calls her by that name) shared with us her dream of living in New York and becoming a fashion designer and evangelist. (I jokingly asked her if she planned to give away T-shirts and accessories at her tent revivals...she didnít comment but I could see her eyes gleam at the thought.) Andrea told us about how she likes to visit huge toy stores when she goes shopping, and Lisa confided to us that her ideal occupation would be a restaurant critic. This came as no surprise to me, as she had given Michael Jordanís rave reviews.
During the time we spent during lunch and later that night before the show, I had the opportunity to sit with Lisa and really talk. I mean, weíre not talking cute little chit-chat here; conversation topics ranged from the death of Notorious B.I.G. and rumors of R. Kellyís salvation to the depiction of Blacks in films like Love Jones and Jerry Maguire. I was impressed with her ability to articulate and her apparent depth of spiritual character. Due to some technological constraints, I was unable to document the entire series of conversations that took place, but the following is an impromptu interview conducted a few minutes before their sound-check:
In the beginning--was it you who gave the description of "More Than You Know" [the first song off their new album of the same name] as Ďan R&B groove with more futuristic harder stuffí? [she nods] Well, how would you describe the holistic sound of Out of Eden?
Iíd say youíd put it in a category of pop-R&B, because itís got the R&B beats and itís got the funk to it but itís also got the feel-good pop melodies that you can sing and really get into. I guess that would be the best way to describe it.
What kind of audiences do you get when you do your shows around the country?
It depends pretty much on where we are and whoís promoting it (the show). We get all age groups from 10 to 50, and there are White people, Black people, Hispanics, Asians, it really just depends.
So would you say that the demographics are pretty diverse?
Yes, I think our audience, the people that listen to us, are a diverse people.
Earlier you mentioned some of the obstacles that you face in the music industry, being both African-American and female. Can you elaborate on that issue?
Well, most industries, except for maybe modeling, are male-dominated industries, and Christian music industry isnít any different as far as who does the sound, who does the lighting, whoís in charge of promotion... [I had to chuckle when I looked around at all the stagehands and there wasnít a Black female in sight.] ...they have a tendency to do the whole macho-type thing, not always on-purpose, but they act like we donít know about sound or this or that, and itís pretty frustrating. Weíve had to deal with getting equal time and placement, but now weíve kind of paid our dues and now itís getting a little bit better.
Have you experienced any racism in the industry, and if so how has it affected you?
I think we definitely have (experienced racism)...nothing that we can pinpoint, but itís an undercurrent. Itís racism in the form of tradition, in the form of unacceptance. Not so much an in-your-face racism--
More of an institutional thing?
Yeah, yeah. Sometimes itís ignorance...you know, people are unaware of it because itís like theyíre cursed, itís like there are demons...Martin Luther King called them spirits of evil, and I think thatís what racism is, itís a spirit of evil. People donít always know that itís around, whether your Black, Hispanic, Asian...itís around, it feeds on things. Weíve had to deal with that a lot...Iíve had to wonder whether or not we would be more accepted if we were three Caucasian females, and I think the answer is yes. But the Lord has blessed us, and weíre happy to be where we are, in a place where we can break down some of those stereotypes and barriers.
†eah, Iím glad that this kind of thing can take place. [Thoughtful pause] Now, do you mind if I ask a personal question?
(She smiles and chuckles) No, go ahead.
Well, I understand that youíre recently married; how has that changed the dynamics of the group?Or has it at all?Maybe Andrea wants to comment on that...
(Andrea speaking) No, I donít think it has that much. Heís been a lot more involved in what weíre doing, but--
Did he (Lisaís husband Michael) produce part of the album?
Yes, he produced our second album.
[turning back to Lisa]
What would you say to those who may be skeptical about you being married at such a young age?
Being married at a young age is not really a part of my ministry statement...(we both chuckle)...itís not like Iím gonna say ĎOkay, all you young girls out there...í Iíve always been around older people, Iíve always been really involved in my spiritual life. I feel like Iíve really matured early for my age. My response to people who are considering marriage is to seek the Lord for yourself, and find out what Godís will is for yourself. Marriage is not one of those things where you can look and say ĎWell, she did it so Iím gonna do ití or ĎShe didnít do it, so Iím not gonna do ití. Itís not one of those standards like not having sex before marriage or not being drunk. Itís one of things you have to seek the Lord as an individual for. We both sought the Lord individually and together, and his answer was Ďgo for ití, so thatís what we did.
How did you two meet?
We met almost five years ago at a talent show. At that time we were introduced to each other and were just sort of Ďhií...he had a girlfriend, I had a boyfriend, and we had never seen each other previous to that even though we had hung around the same people, and then the Lord just brought us together.
Because youíre signed under Gotee Records, which was founded by Toby McKeehan, you were able to tour with dcTalk when ĎLovin the Dayí was out. How would you say they have influenced your sound, or influenced any other aspect of the group?
I donít think dcTalk has influenced our sound, but weíve learned from them as far as being on stage. I think the best way theyíve influenced us was with their fervor for what they do. They really want to reach their audience. Seeing their excitement and fervor and the acceptance of their calling really inspired us to say ĎLook, we need to quit trippiní. This is what God wants us to do, lets just go out there and do it.í
I thanked Lisa and Andrea for their time and left to get ready for the show. And what a show it was. Actually, calling it a show would not quite be accurate, because there was more going on than just phat beats, nice harmonies and energetic dance steps. There was ministry going forth. There was a purity that flowed forth as they sang songs like "There Is A Love", which contrasts the secular concept of love with the holiness God intended for contemporary relationships. Danielle, the same shy 16-year-old who had earlier shared her dreams as a fashion designer, was filled with boldness as she testified about the goodness of God and her desire to meet Him face to face. There was a sanctified sense of excitement in the air as those of us in front of the stage were swinginí to the groove and praising the Lord with our upraised hands and ghetto-stompiní feet. When the concert ended, I was both exhilarated and exhausted.
After the show I caught up with Out of Eden and their manager Jason King. I thanked them for the fun afternoon and evening I had. I thanked them for keeping it real, keeping it live, and keeping it holy. The unity in our conversation was evident, and I was enjoying every minute of it. I gave Jay a pound, he gave me one back, and afterwards they headed out. Lisa told me earlier they were thinking of heading back to MJís, because there was a rumor that Michael would be stopping by that night after the Bulls game. I smiled as I left the building, hoping that their encounter would top off their experience here at North Park in Chicago. I can only speak for myself, but I can truly say that Tuesday had been a lovely day indeed.
reviewed by Jelani N. G. Greenidge
(source: Christian Hip Hop Zone on Internet)
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