By Deborah A. Culp
Five brothers, five distinct voices = The Wardlaw Brothers- a.k.a. “TWB.”
The new CD, “God’s Been There,” is based on TWB personal life experiences. When thinking of five biological brothers that have made a huge impact on the world through music, two names automatically come to mind: The Jackson 5 and The Winans.
Now, with a unique and extraordinary blend of vocal harmony, a fresh wind of talent in gospel music emerges via five brothers from Georgia known as The Wardlaw Brothers (TWB). Dubbed the “Boyz II Men of Gospel,” TWB consists of four lead singers, and one dynamic bass man. The eldest brother, Carl Anthony “Tony” has the traditional, soulful voice. Martin Luther “Lute” is the lead vocalist with a voice that speaks to the spirit. He is also the primary songwriter, musician and producer. “Jamie” Cornelius is the melodious bass man that defines TWB’s distinctive sound while Carl III “Carlo” melds in the urban/hip hop flavor. Lastly, Rodney Allen “Baby Boy” contributes the smooth, serene voice of the five.
“God’s Been There” is TWB’s new project produced by Grammy™ Award winning producer Cedric Thompson, Dove Award winning producer Antonio Neal, and Martin Luther Wardlaw.
Available now on iTunes is the group’s first radio single “Somewhere Listening.” Derived from an old spiritual, the song talks about how ‘if you live right, you‘ll be somewhere listening’ – in reference to the time that Jesus will return. In May of 2006, TWB suffered the loss of their grandmother, Ella Mae Simpkins. Her death compelled Martin Luther to take a sincere look at life and write the lyrics to
“Somewhere Listening” and the siblings worked together to complete the beautifully crafted urban contemporary ballad.Showcasing their versatility, TWB offer a traditional gospel quartet track “Right Now Lord” which is a high-energy, harmonizing song that absolutely ignites automatic foot stomping and spontaneous hand clapping. Then, the gentlemen toss in the a cappella song “Thank You” and skillfully execute an intricately constructed vocal arrangement.
“God’s Been There” also features a special tribute to the military. “Welcome Home Soldier” is TWB’s expression of gratitude and loyalty to this country, the men and women who are overseas fighting, and to those who have lost their lives for our freedom. This inspirational music video has become widely popular on You Tube and features compelling clips and images of our nation’s military. Special thanks to the Bellamy Agency- Benita Bellamy: www.TheBellamygroup.com and www.TWB.com.