Byron Cage

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Byron Cage
Born(1962-12-15) December 15, 1962 (age 50)
OriginGrand Rapids, Michigan Detroit
GenresGospel
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsOrgan
Years active1989–present
LabelsGospocentric
Associated actsPAJAM, J Moss, Kurt Carr, CommissionedKim Burrell
Websitehttp://www.byroncageonline.com/
 
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Byron Cage
Born(1962-12-15) December 15, 1962 (age 50)
OriginGrand Rapids, Michigan Detroit
GenresGospel
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsOrgan
Years active1989–present
LabelsGospocentric
Associated actsPAJAM, J Moss, Kurt Carr, CommissionedKim Burrell
Websitehttp://www.byroncageonline.com/

Byron Cage (born December 15, 1962) is an American gospel recording artist.

Early years[edit source | edit]

Inspired by the singing of the late Rev. Donald Vails and Thomas Whitfield, Cage began singing gospel music as a teenager. Cage went on to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, where he was a member of the Morehouse College Glee Club. He also joined New Birth Cathedral in Atlanta. He also served as music director for Greater Grace Temple (PAW), in Detroit, Michigan.

Musical career[edit source | edit]

1995-1996: Purpose[edit source | edit]

While signed to Atlanta International, Byron Cage & Purpose released two live recordings: Dwell Among Us in 1995, which featured "Dwell Among Us", "The Blood" and "The Glory Song" & Transparent in Your Presence in 1996, featuring "Forever I'll Worship", "He's There", and "God's Word". On both albums, Cage served as co-producer.

2003: Byron Cage (Live at New Birth Cathedral)[edit source | edit]

For his first recording with Gospocentric Records, and after having parted ways with Purpose, Byron Cage released his first solo LP Live at New Birth Cathedral with an accompanying DVD. His most celebrated work to date, Live showcases the production abilities of his labelmate Kurt Carr, as well as the writing ability of famed gospel vocalist Donnie McClurkin, on a track entitled "It Is To You." The album's success garnered Cage five Stellar Award wins in 2004.

2005: An Invitation to Worship[edit source | edit]

On Byron's second release from Gospocentric, An Invitation to Worship he enlists the production of PAJAM, as evident on the track entitled "We Love You", which features J Moss, a prominent member of the production trio. On the CD/DVD set, Cage has found tremendous comfort in his role as a renowned worship leader on church favorites: "I Will Bless the Lord", "He Reigns", and "Lift Him Up". An Invitation to Worship was nominated for three Stellar Awards and a Grammy in 2007.

2007: The Proclamation (Live At The Apollo)[edit source | edit]

Cage recorded a live CD/DVD entitled The Proclamation at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City on April 26, 2007. The project featured special guests Kelly Price, Kim Burrell, & Dave Hollister and was produced by his An Invitation to Worship collaborators, PAJAM. The album was released on September 18, 2007.[1]

2009: Faithful To Believe[edit source | edit]

On Friday, March 13, 2009, Byron recorded Faithful to Believe live in Detroit. The album features special guests Tye Tribbett, Karen Clark Sheard, and Marvin Winans. Grammy Award winner and Israel Houghton's writing/producing partner Aaron Lindsey handled the production. The album was released on October 27, 2009.[2]

2012: Memoirs of a Worshipper[edit source | edit]

On Tuesday, June 19, 2012, Byron will release his next album Memoirs of a Worshipper' 'recorded live at Christ Universal Temple in Chicago. The album will feature special guest Fred Hammond, Clifton Ross, & Mumen "Mookie" Ngenge. Byron teamed up again on this project with Stellar Award-winning producer Aaron Lindsey. This album features the single Great and Mighty

Personal life[edit source | edit]

On May 22, 2004, Byron married pediatric dentist, Dr. Sonya Windham Cage, before 1,000 guests at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC.[3]

Byron Cage serves as minister of music at Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Fort Washington, Maryland.[4] In addition, as of June 2012, he will also serve as the minister of music at The Saint Paul's Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia.

Discography[edit source | edit]

Albums[edit source | edit]

DVDs[edit source | edit]

Filmography[edit source | edit]

Awards[edit source | edit]

AwardYearMusicCategoryResult
Stellar Awards2007An Invitation to WorshipPraise and Worship CD of the YearNominated
Stellar Awards2007I Will Bless the LordSong of the YearWon
Stellar Awards2007An Invitation to WorshipRecorded Music Package of the YearNominated
Stellar Awards2007An Invitation to WorshipMale Vocalist of the YearNominated
Grammys2006An Invitation to WorshipNew Gospel Album of the YearNominated
NAACP Image Awards2006An Invitation to WorshipBest Gospel PerformanceNominated
NAACP Image Awards2006An Invitation to WorshipNew Gospel Album of the YearNominated
Stellar Awards2004Live at New Birth CathedralMale Vocalist of the YearWon
Stellar Awards2004Live at New Birth CathedralCD of the YearWon
Stellar Awards2004The Presence of the Lord Is HereSong of the YearWon
Stellar Awards2004Live at New Birth CathedralProducer of the YearWon
Stellar Awards2004Live at New Birth CathedralContemporary CD of the YearWon

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ "New Release Tuesday". New Release Tuesday. Archived from the original on 2007-05-18. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  2. ^ "Verity Gospel". Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  3. ^ "Out the Box". Detroit Gospel. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  4. ^ "The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church Names Byron Cage as New Minister of Music". The Belle Report. Archived from the original on 2012-06-12. Retrieved 12 June 2012.