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Hezekiah Walker On ‘Azusa’, Staying Relevant In Gospel And His 20-Year Longevity
No matter which way Gospel music has swayed in the past 20 years, you can always count on Hezekiah Walker giving you that good ol’ choir sound he is so revered for. The self-described “choir man” continues to praise on with his 14th album, Azusa: The Next Generation (out June 11).
He spoke with ESSENCE.com about working with the likes of Deitrick Haddon and Donald Lawrence, getting a multicultural audience and shared his advice for the next generation of Gospel stars.
ESSENCE.com: “Every Praise” is your current single, but I have to say I just love that you remade “Break Every Chain” by Jesus Culture. It’s so unexpected.
HEZEKIAH WALKER: Of course you know I’m a choir man and when I first heard that song I kept saying to myself, ‘I would love to give it the choir treatment.’ I could just hear my choir singing. I brought it to them and they loved it. We came up with that and it came up really good.
ESSENCE.com: You feature Deitrick Haddon on the song. What made you choose him?
WALKER: A lot of people don’t know that Deitrick is a choir man. When I first got introduced to him, he had a choir. He sang a song with his choir back in the day called “Chain Breaker” and it was similar to “Break Every Chain.” I just heard his voice on the song.