Choir master Ricky Dillard seems to be an anomaly on radio airwaves during a time when many of his kind have been replaced by more modern sounding gospel music artists.
Dillard and his New Generation Chorale, known as New G, have been making waves in the gospel music industry for 25 years. Currently, Ricky Dillard & New G sit atop the Gospel Airplay Billboard Chart where they have spent 33 weeks with the single “Amazing.”
Despite his success on and off of radio airwaves, Dillard told The Christian Post that he questioned being a choir master as the gospel music industry began to change over the years.
“Sometimes the industry forces us to do other things to maintain relevance. I have just been determined to pursue what I believe God placed in me to do,” Dillard told CP. “Sticking with it hasn’t been easy. For years, there was a concerted effort, and seemingly a movement, to eradicate choirs from radio play and the industry at large.”
The songwriter, producer and recording artist was advised by many people to move away from directing his choir to keep up with the changing times and even considered taking that step.
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Ricky Dillard Exclusive: Choral Master Talks Almost Quitting, Why He Couldn’t Abandon Choir was originally published on praisecleveland.com