R&B and pop giant Smokey Robinson weighs in with 'Food For The Spirit' album.

APRIL 20th sees the American release of 'Food For The Spirit', the eagerly awaited gospel debut by one time Motown legend Smokey Robinson. The album, produced by Michael Stokes, is distributed in the States by Minneapolis-based Liquid 8 Records. Robinson told Billboard, "I've always had a very intimate relationship with God. I've been writing those songs for years. But it is my first album like this. Musically, I haven't strayed away from myself only the words are there to show people about my spiritual relationship." Robinson said he originally intended to pitch the songs to friends in the gospel industry, including Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar and Donnie McClurkin. But, he said, "the Lord impressed upon me (that).I was supposed to record them, so I did. I called it 'Food For The Spirit' because I wanted to feed people's spirits." CR

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