Contact: Regina Marie Williams 612-251-9048 PRESS RELEASE . Regina Marie Williams releases a new CD: Feel the Spirit! - Spirituals, Gospels, and Hymns Powerhouse performer Regina Marie Williams reunites with Gary Hines, Founder and Music Director of the Grammy Award winning Sounds of Blackness, to create Feel the Spirit! – Spirituals, Gospels and Hymns, a CD of traditional songs infused with Jazz and Blues. Release is set for November 12, 2006. A former member of Sounds of Blackness, Regina returns to the African American source of Jazz, Blues, and R & B, taking a beautiful and unique spin on classics such as Ain't Got Time to Die and Every Time I Hear the Spirit. Inspired by her mother Olive and Olive’s devotion to the 1912 Gospel Pearl Hymn Book, the CD also includes Close to Thee/I Need Thee Every Hour, In the Garden, I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray, Deep River, Hush/Swing Low, Old Time Religion, and Rock of Ages. Background is sung by Patricia Lacy-Aikin and JD Steele. Regina’s children, DrewAnna Flynn and Jack Flynn, join her for a joyous This Little Light of Mine. Oscar Nominee and Golden Globe Award winner, Angela Bassett, in Entertainment Weekly said “[Regina Marie Williams] is the best singer you’ve never heard.” Leigh Kamman of Minnesota Public Radio’s The Jazz Image said of Regina’s 2004 debut CD, Regina is…, “Down with the barriers! Regina Marie Williams delivers (in tribute to Dinah Washington) compelling performances of ballads and blues. Shaded with grand legacy of the gospel and the spiritual.” Dwight Hobbes of Insight raved, “It’s no secret. Williams’ vocals can tear down in full-blown, heartrending fashion…Her singing is impeccable.” Feel the Spirit! is destined to be embraced by traditionalists as well as by contemporary music lovers. Gary Hines says, “In the tradition of her Sounds of Blackness roots, Regina Williams intertwines members of the Family of African-American Music effortlessly. Like any family, these members—Spirituals, Gospel, Blues, Jazz etc.—inherently have more similarities than differences and Regina fluidly segues in and out of and in between them as she simultaneously pays homage to, and breathes new life into this rich musical heritage and legacy. The common ancestral parent of those musical genres—Mother Africa, is surely proud of one her most talented daughters.” CDs will be available at Electric Fetus in Minneapolis and online at and Regina’s website Check the website for news and info on Regina’s live concerts, TV, and radio appearances.


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