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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

OSCAR WILLIAMS, JR SPREADS GOSPEL AND BUILDS U.S. INTERNATONAL RELATIONS VIA RHYTHM ROAD PROGRAM

Nashville, TN - Award winning gospel songwriter and vocalist Oscar Williams, Jr. is currently on a summer mission to impact the world with the gospel of music.  Oscar Williams, Jr and Perfected Praise were selected out of over 100 applicants to participate in the Rhythm Road Program that sends American musicians to non-westernized countries to help promote and teach American based music.  The program is also designed to strengthen and build U.S. relations with the countries the musicians visit.  This is Oscar’s first year with the Rhythm Road Program which will have him tour four countries: CYPRUS (Larnaca); LEBANON (Beirut, Jezzine, Kharley, Tripoli); Poland (Warsaw, Kielce, Krakow); Romania (Bucharest, Constanta).
 
Recently featured on the CBS Morning News, Oscar and his singers (Thelma Guyton, Tracy Smith, Meaghan Williams) have performed at several Ambassador’s residences and met Presidents and Prime Ministers creating an experience that has been nothing less than phenomenal.  They’ve been able to share Gospel music with Muslims, non-believers and embrace the different Christian communities in each country they’ve toured.  Oscar also participates in lectures at Universities and libraries teaching the importance and significance of gospel music
 
Oscar’s musical presentation represents artistic honesty which is being embraced by all walks of life, creeds and religions.  “What we do is not like your regular concert, it is very interactive and the audience is MADE to sing, clap and dance,” Oscar explains. “Before long, they feel like they can really understand the music and it’s not as foreign to them as they thought.”  The group finds itself in front of audiences that include professional musicians of all genres, government officials and dignitaries and citizens of all ages.
 
Although this is Oscar’s first Rhythm Road tour, this aligns with his mission and desires to take his music into international territory.  “I knew a long time ago that God was entrusting me with an international ministry,” Oscar states.  “I am striving to represent Christ the best way I can. I don’t want to bring any shame to His name. I want to show the world His unfailing love and grace.”
 
The tour ends in a few weeks stopping last in Romania.  Oscar plans to head back to the states where he has tour dates scheduled in Mississippi, Atlanta, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Orlando all while  continuing to work on his next studio release which will be complete late fall.
Oscar is most noted for having penned “Safety”, the soul-stirring gospel hit favorite, and “God is Able” the radio chart toping song recorded by Joe Leavell.  Oscar is one of the industry’s most sought after music directors and clinicians.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Music from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  His songwriter credits include contributions to Gospel Today presents Praise and Worship Project II, Smokie Norful presents Victory Cathedral Choir; The Thomas Dorsey Convention Project, Jasper Williams, Jr’s Landmark, and on projects by powerhouse vocalist Lecresia Campbell, The Mississippi Mass Choir, The Wilmington Chester Mass Choir and The GMWA Youth Choir.
 
About the Rhythm Road
Launched in 2005 in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad has already sent 118 musicians from 31 jazz, urban or American roots music ensembles to 97 countries. In the tradition of the original Jazz Ambassadors program that sent Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Dave Brubeck on world tours during the Cold War era, Rhythm Road brings American culture to audiences around the globe through person-to-person exchanges, focusing particularly on those in more remote areas.

The musicians' engagement with foreign audiences via workshops, master classes and jam sessions presents a positive image of the U.S. and provides a greater understanding of our society. The U.S. artists themselves deepen their knowledge of other cultures, enhance their creativity, and feel the pride of representing their country.

To learn more about musical ambassadors sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, see the related program,
Musical Overtures, which sends experienced musicians to nations involved in, or recovering from conflict.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Gospel Recording Artist Darwin Hobbs Hospitalized in Atlanta and on Strict Bed Rest




(Atlanta, GA - July 19, 2010)  On Thursday, June 15, 2010, Imago Dei Music Group recording artist and famed worship leader Darwin Hobbs was taken to the hospital by his wife, Traci Hobbs, where he was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs and admitted to an Atlanta hospital.

"While traveling to the airport for a performance in the mid-west with his close friend Yolanda Adams, he became really short of breath...something just didn't seem right and I decided that we had better get this checked before we go any further," said Traci Hobbs. 

It was this insight that may very well have saved Darwin's life.  Darwin recently underwent a very popular weight-loss procedure called gastric lap banding. Although the surgery itself was extremely successful-resulting in a 45 pound weight loss in just three months-he has developed complications of pulmonary emboli, a condition more commonly known as "blood clots" in the lungs. Doctors at St. Joseph Hospital in Dunwoody, Georgia believe that the clots in Darwin's lungs stemmed from a larger clot that they discovered in his right leg.

Patients who have had surgeries such as gastric lap banding, joint replacement, and others can develop clots if they remains sedentary for long periods of time post surgery. It has not yet been confirmed, but this is believed to be the case for Darwin. Because of severe arthritis in one of his hip joints, Darwin's level of activity decreased after the surgery.
 
The current plan of treatment is to execute an aggressive regimen of anticoagulants (bood thinners) while Darwin remains in the hospital. Once the clots have begun to dissolve, Darwin will be released to continue his recovery at home. Doctors are optimistic concerning Darwin's ability to regain his life's normal routine of leading worship in churches around the world.

Darwin, has, over the years, shared publicly several life threatening diseases that he contends with, including CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Type II Diabetes.

"Traci and I are so grateful for the outpouring of love and support during this very serious and unexpected ordeal," said Darwin. "We are further grateful for God's healing power and the fact that His Blood doesn't clot, but it flows freely to all!"
"Darwin is scheduled to perform his charting hit 'Champion', throughout the summer," said Darwin's manager Jimmy Maynes. "However, until Darwin has received an official 'green light' from Dr. Stephen Frohwein, his cardiologist, and the Atlanta Pulmonary Group at St. Joseph's, we will suspend all further public appearances and we will look forward to getting back to work once Darwin is able."
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Gospel Recording Artist Darwin Hobbs Hospitalized in Atlanta and on Strict Bed Rest

(Atlanta, GA - July 19, 2010)  On Thursday, June 15, 2010, Imago Dei Music Group recording artist and famed worship leader Darwin Hobbs was taken to the hospital by his wife, Traci Hobbs, where he was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs and admitted to an Atlanta hospital.



"While traveling to the airport for a performance in the mid-west with his close friend Yolanda Adams, he became really short of breath...something just didn't seem right and I decided that we had better get this checked before we go any further," said Traci Hobbs. 

It was this insight that may very well have saved Darwin's life.  Darwin recently underwent a very popular weight-loss procedure called gastric lap banding. Although the surgery itself was extremely successful-resulting in a 45 pound weight loss in just three months-he has developed complications of pulmonary emboli, a condition more commonly known as "blood clots" in the lungs. Doctors at St. Joseph Hospital in Dunwoody, Georgia believe that the clots in Darwin's lungs stemmed from a larger clot that they discovered in his right leg.

Patients who have had surgeries such as gastric lap banding, joint replacement, and others can develop clots if they remains sedentary for long periods of time post surgery. It has not yet been confirmed, but this is believed to be the case for Darwin. Because of severe arthritis in one of his hip joints, Darwin's level of activity decreased after the surgery.
 
The current plan of treatment is to execute an aggressive regimen of anticoagulants (bood thinners) while Darwin remains in the hospital. Once the clots have begun to dissolve, Darwin will be released to continue his recovery at home. Doctors are optimistic concerning Darwin's ability to regain his life's normal routine of leading worship in churches around the world.

Darwin, has, over the years, shared publicly several life threatening diseases that he contends with, including CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Type II Diabetes.

"Traci and I are so grateful for the outpouring of love and support during this very serious and unexpected ordeal," said Darwin. "We are further grateful for God's healing power and the fact that His Blood doesn't clot, but it flows freely to all!"
"Darwin is scheduled to perform his charting hit 'Champion', throughout the summer," said Darwin's manager Jimmy Maynes. "However, until Darwin has received an official 'green light' from Dr. Stephen Frohwein, his cardiologist, and the Atlanta Pulmonary Group at St. Joseph's, we will suspend all further public appearances and we will look forward to getting back to work once Darwin is able."
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