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Abundant Harvest Entertainment is a multi-faceted firm specializing in family-friendly and faith-inspired music, literature, video, and other Christian Entertainment Products. Bishop David G. Evans, pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in South New Jersey who has a long history in the music industry, founded the company in 2005.

 

After a successful career as a bank executive and entrepreneur, Evans and some partners launched Sweet Rain Records in the 1980s. The Philadelphia-based label became known for creating a string of best-selling choir LPs by groups such as the Bibleway National Mass Choir and the Wilmington Chester Mass Choir. They also boasted The Southeast Inspirational Choir, the Houston-based ensemble that first introduced the world to Yolanda Adams. However, Sweet Rain’s biggest discovery was Hezekiah Walker & the Love Fellowship Choir which recorded their first album, “I’ll Make It,” for the label in 1988. He and his choir have gone on to become the leading gospel choir of the last two decades with a host of #1 recordings and Grammy awards.

 

After taking over the 29-member Bethany Baptist Church in 1990 (which has swelled to over 27,000 today) and becoming its pastor, one of Evans’ initial accomplishments was organizing the church’s choir. Once groomed, Evans began recording the ensemble. Their June 1994 live recording, Work While It’s Day, was released on Sweet Rain in autumn of the same year. While the album was released nationally, it was particularly popular in the Mid-Atlantic states. The radio single, “Worship and Praise the Lord,” spent four months at #1 on WNAP Gospel Highway 11 – a radio station that covers the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. Four years later, the choir returned with the hit CD, “He’s Coming Soon.” Bishop Evans also sponsored the Surrender CD by Disciples for Christ, a cutting-edge, high-energy choir with a dynamic stage presence.

 

Evans took a hiatus from the music industry to concentrate on his duties as a pastor but felt the inkling to return in 2005 when he set up Abundant Harvest Entertainment. The first release on the label was a companion CD for Evans’ 2003 book, “Healed Without Scars,” that sold over 400,000 copies and is the biggest seller in the history of Whitaker House Publishing. The CD peaked at #15 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart in 2007 and laid the foundation for the harvest of music that has followed.

 

In October 2008, Evans released his Bishop David G. Evans Presents Automatic Praise! Live CD. The project was recorded live at Bethany Baptist Church and featured performances by Karen Orlando, Lonnie Hunter and others. Tracy Shy’s fervent cut of “This Joy” reached #21 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart while Earnest Pugh’s “Why Should I Be Bound?” is currently a Top 40 gospel smash.

 

The label followed up with the much-anticipated Pure Love project that debuted at #30 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart in 2009. It’s a set of original faith-based romantic love songs produced by Gary E. Diggs, who also produced Healed Without Scars. Among the highlights is New Jersey native Johnnie Vaughn’s urgent cry for divine intervention on the old school soul jam, “Change Me,” which spent a solid year on the BDS Top 100 most played gospel songs survey. Country trio, Nash 3, contributes two songs to the set. The balmy “Baby You Got That Something” hit Top 40 Adult Contemporary radio stations while Shea Norman’s “The One” made impact on both gospel and Urban AC radio formats.

 

Abundant Harvest has also made inroads in the Hip Hop world with the spring 2010 debut release from rapper, Christawn. His rock-edged CD “Life Story” CD debuted at #49 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and featured the pulsating hit single, “Save Me,” that featured Micah Stampley. The album has received broad praise from online Christian Hip Hop portals and has also crossed over to Contemporary Christian radio formats.

 

Currently, Abundant Harvest has great music in the works by soprano Karen Orlando who boasts a style that is a mix of Sandy Patti and Natalie Grant. The firm is also prepping a CD by 80-year old BET Sunday Best runner-up, Elder Goldwire McClendon.