Tell us about yourself and your music
7th Element’s slogan, “It’s all about the 7th Element,” says it all. These six men have accomplished much in their own right, but it’s the Seventh member, the “unseen” one, that is the focal point of the group’s music.
7th Element consists of the four Greene brothers, Curt, Darren, Garth, and Kevin, as well as long-time friends, Marc Dwyer and Dean Dennis. Since the group’s inception in April 1999, the group has accepted a two-part mission: First, to bring a message of truth to the world through music by creating a smooth inspirational sound with a unique mixture of rich harmonies that draw universal appeal; and secondly, to inspire and mentor young musicians to continue the rich a capella musical tradition.
Over the past several years, the group has taken their witness across the country, and internationally as well. Members of 7th Element have performed with or for renowned artists such as Freddie Jackson, Melba Moore, the Winans, Richard Smallwood, Della Reese, Albertina Walker, Allen & Allen, Andre Crouch, and Shirley Caesar, and have also recorded in the studio with the legendary Grover Washington, Jr. and Be Be Winans. While the influence of well-known groups like The Four Freshman, Take 6, Commissioned, and even Boyz II Men can be heard in their sound, 7th Element’s music boasts a fresh and unique perspective.
The success of 7th Element is an unmistakable witness of God’s power and influence. By His grace, their mission will be a success.
Talk to us more about your latest release
What The World Needs Now Is Love arranged by none other than Mark Kibble of Taking 6 for 7th Element “What the World Needs Now Is Love” is a 1965 popular song with lyrics by Hal David and music composed by Burt Bacharach. First recorded and made popular by Jackie DeShannon, it was released on April 15, 1965, on the Imperial label after a release on sister label Liberty records the previous month was canceled. It peaked at number seven on the US Hot 100 in July of that year. In Canada, the song reached number one. It is was originally arranged or composed by songwriter Bart Bacharach back in 1965. Be sure to download it in the iTunes and Amazon Music or listen to it on Pandora, YouTube or Spotify.
What inspired you to write this release?
COVID 19 has parallelized our country and the world as we know it. It has also affected the release of our second project “volume 2.” Four of the songs on this project, we thought were especially significant to this time that we are living in. So we got together, using socially acceptable distancing methods, to develop a video incorporating these songs so we could continue our progress and to spread a message. What the world needs now is love sweet love, Your my inspiration, You raise me and Keep movin’ we believe are songs that will generate encouragement, togetherness, love, and kindness.
Describe the writing and recording process
A long-time dream of the group was to have a fully-equipped studio which would allow us to efficiently record new music. Well, our dream is now a reality and for the past 2 years, we have been hard at work putting the new gear to good use.
Each song is chosen with a deep desire to keep the old relevant songs alive and fresh. We call it the 7th Element touch.
The recording process is long and sometimes tedious. With every layer that is applied during our sessions, you can hear the songs coming together and that motivates us to continue. When we have finished a track it usually means we have been working for about 2 months. The song is sent out for mixing and mastering. It is then sent back to us for a final listening party. When we all agree on it “perfect” it is sent out for distribution.
Any plans to hit the road?
Touring has been hampered by the coronavirus. Until we can start hitting the road again we will continue working on 3 new projects including Hymns and a Christmas album.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
We consider our music ministry. Spreading good news love and great music where ever we go or where ever our music is heard.
Who have you been listening to lately?
There is are 6 of us in the group. Our listening tastes vary. We do have a common thread among us. We love rich harmonies that build on out to the end of a song. We in cooperate rich harmonies, fascinating beats, and great inspirational song from the past hoping we will be an inspiration to up and coming groups.
Who are your biggest influences?
Jesus first. Singers unlimited, Take 6, Earth Wind and fire, Luther Vandross, Micheal Jackson, and the list goes on from there.
Tell us about your passions
Our passion is great and memorable music.
7th Element is a self-supporting ministry. We are honored to share the love of Jesus Christ through the gift of acapella music which we love. We count on gifts from generous people like you to help us accomplish our mission. If you are interested in blessing the 7th Element ministry financially with a donation, you can securely make your contribution via CashApp to:
Thank you in advance for your prayers and financial support and may God continue to bless you.
What else is happening next in your world?
We are working on a brand-new sacred hymns project filled with some of the most beautiful and elegant music the group has ever recorded. At this writing, we will have released the first single from this project. If you would like to be among the first to hear this song along with another brand new and unreleased 7E music, be sure to become a 7E Insider below to get on our “all-access” list.
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Connect with 7th Element
Website: http://www.7thElement.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/7thElementInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/7thelement_music/Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfKzqHa_e_vTqe6TEY09n2g