Zacardi Cortez – Imprint (Live in Memphis)

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Generation Z’s favorite gospel singer, Zacardi Cortez, has dropped his third album and he aims for it to touch every generation. “There’s something for everyone,” he says. Imprint (Live in Memphis) (ZetRoc / Black Smoke Music Worldwide) is the Houston native’s most poignant, personal project yet and the first for his own ZetRoc label. “This record is all of who I am, in all the different styles and ways I love to worship and sing,” he continues. “It’s 100% my imprint.” The thirteen-track collection features guest performances from some of Cortez’s favorite singers such as Kim Burrell, Tim Rogers, and Lisa Knowles-Smith. All those sonic threads mesh to weave an engaging and riveting string of modern songs that reflect the passion of traditional black church music.

Anyone remotely familiar with black gospel radio over the last decade has heard Cortez’ incomparable voice that combines the grit of classic soul men like Bobby Womack and Eddie Levert with the cathartic power of the pulpit. That fascinating combination has hung over Cortez’s clouds of Billboard No. 1 gospel radio hits such as the retro anthem “Oh How I Love You,” the `80s throwback groove “YDIA, “ and the acoustic calm of “1 on 1,” which reigned at the top of the charts for five weeks in 2014. Deep fans first heard his hair-raising vocals on James Fortune & FIYA’s hits such as “The Blood,” “Let Your Power Fall,” and “I Believe” which spent nineteen weeks at the apex of the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart in 2011.

“Zacardi’s voice is his imprint,” says Black Smoke Music Worldwide founder Kerry Douglas who first discovered Cortez when he was just a teenager who loved to sing around H-Town churches. “His voice is leaving a mark on the music industry. When people hear it, they know instantly know who it is because no one sounds exactly like him. His God-given talent has left an undeniable stamp on gospel music.”

“It’s the first time I’ve been able to write or be this involved in a project,” Cortez says enthusiastically. “I wrote, co-wrote, or arranged everything on here to show that I’ve got something to say.” Alongside producers Morgan Turner and Marcus Caylen, he is saying a lot and he wanted to say it live. “Honestly, I think I’m much better live,” he laughs. “I like studio and all of that, but I love the live sound and the raw feel of the stage best. That’s where I’m really in my element.” It shows too. The set opens with the joyous up-tempo worship track, “You Deserve It,” which morphs into a rousing quartet stomper. He then shifts into the aggressive backbeat, “The Best,” where he channels the ferociously raspy roar of Otis Redding or James Brown working a chitlin circuit crowd back in the day.

Next up is, “Testimony,” a funky jam with a `70s swagger. “My family recorded that back in 2014 but we never put it out,” Cortez says. “That song is my favorite because of my history of doing it with them and just because of the message of it. It just stuck with me.”

A good many of the songs were born during Cortez’ brief jail stay back in 2018. He and one of his buddies were driving through a rural Native American area of Louisiana. His buddy, who was driving, had had a couple of drinks, and was driving erratically when they were pulled over by the police. “It’s just crazy,” Cortez remembers. “I wasn’t even driving, but I made some bad choices too. I got locked up in St. Tammany Parish and I had to stay there for ten days because it was too far for any of my family to come and bail me out. The second half of this album was done there because I had nothing to do but think, pray, and write songs. That’s when God lets you go idle, so you can do what you need to do.”

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September 21, 2022Orode MosesNo Comment

posted on Sep. 21, 2022 at 11:25 pm

Generation Z’s favorite gospel singer, Zacardi Cortez, has dropped his third album and he aims for it to touch every generation. “There’s something for everyone,” he says. Imprint (Live in Memphis) (ZetRoc / Black Smoke Music Worldwide) is the Houston native’s most poignant, personal project yet and the first for his own ZetRoc label. “This record is all of who I am, in all the different styles and ways I love to worship and sing,” he continues. “It’s 100% my imprint.” The thirteen-track collection features guest performances from some of Cortez’s favorite singers such as Kim Burrell, Tim Rogers, and Lisa Knowles-Smith. All those sonic threads mesh to weave an engaging and riveting string of modern songs that reflect the passion of traditional black church music.

Anyone remotely familiar with black gospel radio over the last decade has heard Cortez’ incomparable voice that combines the grit of classic soul men like Bobby Womack and Eddie Levert with the cathartic power of the pulpit. That fascinating combination has hung over Cortez’s clouds of Billboard No. 1 gospel radio hits such as the retro anthem “Oh How I Love You,” the `80s throwback groove “YDIA, “ and the acoustic calm of “1 on 1,” which reigned at the top of the charts for five weeks in 2014. Deep fans first heard his hair-raising vocals on James Fortune & FIYA’s hits such as “The Blood,” “Let Your Power Fall,” and “I Believe” which spent nineteen weeks at the apex of the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart in 2011.

“Zacardi’s voice is his imprint,” says Black Smoke Music Worldwide founder Kerry Douglas who first discovered Cortez when he was just a teenager who loved to sing around H-Town churches. “His voice is leaving a mark on the music industry. When people hear it, they know instantly know who it is because no one sounds exactly like him. His God-given talent has left an undeniable stamp on gospel music.”

“It’s the first time I’ve been able to write or be this involved in a project,” Cortez says enthusiastically. “I wrote, co-wrote, or arranged everything on here to show that I’ve got something to say.” Alongside producers Morgan Turner and Marcus Caylen, he is saying a lot and he wanted to say it live. “Honestly, I think I’m much better live,” he laughs. “I like studio and all of that, but I love the live sound and the raw feel of the stage best. That’s where I’m really in my element.” It shows too. The set opens with the joyous up-tempo worship track, “You Deserve It,” which morphs into a rousing quartet stomper. He then shifts into the aggressive backbeat, “The Best,” where he channels the ferociously raspy roar of Otis Redding or James Brown working a chitlin circuit crowd back in the day.

Next up is, “Testimony,” a funky jam with a `70s swagger. “My family recorded that back in 2014 but we never put it out,” Cortez says. “That song is my favorite because of my history of doing it with them and just because of the message of it. It just stuck with me.”

A good many of the songs were born during Cortez’ brief jail stay back in 2018. He and one of his buddies were driving through a rural Native American area of Louisiana. His buddy, who was driving, had had a couple of drinks, and was driving erratically when they were pulled over by the police. “It’s just crazy,” Cortez remembers. “I wasn’t even driving, but I made some bad choices too. I got locked up in St. Tammany Parish and I had to stay there for ten days because it was too far for any of my family to come and bail me out. The second half of this album was done there because I had nothing to do but think, pray, and write songs. That’s when God lets you go idle, so you can do what you need to do.”

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Zacardi Cortez – Oh How I Love You (Bonus Track)
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Zacardi Cortez – Oh How I Love You (Bonus Track)

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Zacardi Cortez – You Don
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Zacardi Cortez – You Don't Know (Bonus Track)

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Zacardi Cortez – I Don
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Zacardi Cortez – I Don't Know (Live)

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Zacardi Cortez – Lord Do It For Me (Live)
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Zacardi Cortez – Lord Do It For Me (Live)

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Zacardi Cortez – You
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Zacardi Cortez – You've Been Good To Me (Live)

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Zacardi Cortez – Steal My Joy (Live)
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Zacardi Cortez – Steal My Joy (Live)

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Zacardi Cortez – Anyway (Live)
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Zacardi Cortez – Anyway (Live)

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Zacardi Cortez – Oh Thank You Jesus (Live)
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Zacardi Cortez – Oh Thank You Jesus (Live)

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Zacardi Cortez – Work It Out For Me (Live)
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Zacardi Cortez – Work It Out For Me (Live)

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Zacardi Cortez – I Know He Will (Live)
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Zacardi Cortez – I Know He Will (Live)

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Zacardi Cortez – Testimony (Live)
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Zacardi Cortez – Testimony (Live)

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Zacardi Cortez – The Best (Live)
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Zacardi Cortez – The Best (Live)

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Zacardi Cortez – You Deserve It (Live)
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Zacardi Cortez – You Deserve It (Live)

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