SR Gospel: Tonex Returns With ‘Unspoken,’ BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Set For Television Premiere

Award-winning Gospel and R&B singer Tonex is back and ready to bring his unique musical talent to the forefront with the long anticipated album “Unspoken” ! Set for release, March 17th, “Unspoken” becomes the former “Out The Box” singer’s first album under a new deal with Battery Records and first release in five years. For Gospel and R&B fans alike, Tonex’s new album comes as a transition for the artist who raised eyebrows with his take on gospel and experimental music. Unlike the singer’s previous efforts, “Unspoken” will head in more of a mainstream direction while still visiting Gospel roots. “I didn’t want to alienate the fan base generated from the Out The Box phenomenon. Even though I appreciate that album’s success, I felt that there were so many people from different demographics I still had yet to reach. I made the transition from Verity Records to Battery Records to facilitate that career evolution.” “Unspoken” will be led by the single “Blend,” a record Tonex says represents “who I’ve been all along by bringing that artist to the masses for the first time.” “Blend” is currently streaming on Tonex’s myspace page and gaining traction at urban radio where it is among the most added songs this month. In other news, The Gospel Music Channel (GMC) will broadcast the world premiere of the 2009 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel special Sunday, February 22 at 8pm ET as part of the channel’s celebration of Black History Month. Co-Hosted by recent Grammy Award-winning star Kirk Franklin and BMI’s Catherine Brewton, the event honors industry veterans and pacesetters including Twinkie Clark, Cece Winans and Donald Lawrence. As previously reported on Singersroom, the 2009 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel special also features performances from Kim Burrell, Lalah Hathaway, Kierra Sheard, and Israel Houghton. Encores of the special will air both Sunday, Feb. 22 at 11pm ET and Monday, Feb. 23 at 10:30pm ET.

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