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The Classic Imperials make a comeback with 'Still Standing' album
VETERANS of pop and Southern gospel The Classic Imperials have reunited for their first studio album of all new material in over a decade. The new album, 'Still Standing', will be released on 19th October by the Hall Of Fame Music Group. As The Imperials, the legendary vocal group won four Grammy Awards and 17 Dove Awards, including the inaugural Male Group Of The Year award in 1969 and the first ever Artist Of The Year award in 1981. The group also worked extensively in the mainstream touring with Elvis Presley. In 1998, they were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall Of Fame. Today the group is comprised of founding member Armond Morales (bass), 29 year old Dave Will (baritone/lead), one-time solo artist Paul Smith (tenor/lead) and new member Rick Evans (tenor/lead), who has traveled extensively with Billy Graham, Harvest Crusades and Promise Keepers.
For the production of the album the group enlisted help from country music's Michael Peterson and Nashville heavyweight Ric Web. Said Paul Smith, "This batch of songs is real and relevant, which is meant to appeal to those who've walked with us before, plus newer and younger fans. 'Still Standing' is more song-driven than sound-driven."The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.