Saturday, March 28, 2009

Jon Bon Jovi, Queen Latifah go gospel for "Day"

By Deborah Evans Price

NASHVILLE (Billboard) - Some of secular music's top acts -- among them Queen Latifah, Jon Bon Jovi, Joss Stone and 3 Doors Down -- take a walk on the spiritual side for "Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration."

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"It's something that we'd never really done before, and it seemed like it would be a lot of fun," 3 Doors Down lead vocalist Brad Arnold said of the band's foray into gospel music with "Presence of the Lord." "It seemed like it would also be a challenge because we'd never really recorded that style of song."

3 Doors Down is backed by the Soul Children of Chicago, a nondenominational community choir. "Oh Happy Day" also features such pairings as Heather Headley and Al Green on "People Get Ready," Patty Griffin and Mavis Staples on "Waiting for My Child to Come Home," Bon Jovi performing "Keep the Faith" with the Washington Youth Choir, and Robert Randolph and the Clark Sisters on the classic "High Ground."

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