13 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Structured as a three-part song cycle—a series of worshipful proclamations, expressions of repentance and words of revelation and assurance—The Inner Court stands as one of Fred Hammond’s gospel masterworks. The songs convey deep spiritual intimacy and fervour, as perfect for congregational singing as for private worship. The Radical for Christ choir keeps things soulful, and Hammond sequences the album as a truly immersive emotional journey. “Glory to Glory to Glory” is a rousing anthem of adoration, while “Hear My Cry”, in its expression of need, resembles a Psalm of David.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Structured as a three-part song cycle—a series of worshipful proclamations, expressions of repentance and words of revelation and assurance—The Inner Court stands as one of Fred Hammond’s gospel masterworks. The songs convey deep spiritual intimacy and fervour, as perfect for congregational singing as for private worship. The Radical for Christ choir keeps things soulful, and Hammond sequences the album as a truly immersive emotional journey. “Glory to Glory to Glory” is a rousing anthem of adoration, while “Hear My Cry”, in its expression of need, resembles a Psalm of David.

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6:22
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About Fred Hammond & Radical for Christ

Active since the mid-'80s, Fred Hammond is one of the most popular praise & worship leaders in contemporary gospel music. Born in Detroit, Hammond began singing with his church choir at the age of 12, played bass and sang with the Winans during the early '80s, then joined Commissioned later in the decade, showcasing his superb arranging, production, and songwriting skills as well as his soaring vocals. Hammond's concurrent solo career began in 1991. Through a long-term association with the Verity label, he gradually embraced an in-concert feel even on his studio recordings. Much of his output, billed as solo releases or as group efforts featuring the choir Radical for Christ, has won Dove and Stellar awards. While with Verity, Pages of Life: Chapters I & II (1998), Free to Worship (2006), and God, Love & Romance (2012), along with a few other titles, topped Billboard's gospel chart. Hammond technically moved to RCA Inspiration following the label's absorption of Verity. There, Hammond continued to thrive with his United Tenors project (2013) and I Will Trust (2014). Also a prolific collaborator, Hammond has worked with a cross-generational crop of fellow gospel musicians, including the Williams Brothers, Yolanda Adams, and Israel & New Breed. ~ John Bush & Andy Kellman

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