Fred Hammond

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Fred Hammond
Born(1960-12-27) December 27, 1960 (age 53)
Detroit, Michigan, US
GenresGospel, contemporary Christian, inspirational / worship
OccupationsMusician, producer
InstrumentsVocals, bass guitar
Years active1985–present
LabelsLight, Verity, A&M, Benson
Websitewww.realfredhammond.com
 
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Fred Hammond
Born(1960-12-27) December 27, 1960 (age 53)
Detroit, Michigan, US
GenresGospel, contemporary Christian, inspirational / worship
OccupationsMusician, producer
InstrumentsVocals, bass guitar
Years active1985–present
LabelsLight, Verity, A&M, Benson
Websitewww.realfredhammond.com
For the New York politician, see Fred W. Hammond.

Fred Hammond (born December 27, 1960)[1][2] is a gospel singer, bass guitar player, and record producer.

Musical career[edit]

Hammond has been active both as a member of the gospel performing group Commissioned, and as a solo artist (currently for Verity Records). He is a multiple Grammy-, Dove-, Stellar-award winner and nominee as a performer, producer and writer.

Hammond first gained recognition while playing bass guitar for the gospel group The Winans.[1] By 1985 he was one of the six original members of the group Commissioned, participating in 10 of the group's 12 albums.

After his time with Commissioned ended, he regained fame in the gospel community after selling millions of albums with his musical group Radical For Christ.

In 2002 Hammond returned to the group Commissioned (now with members Keith Staten, Marvin Sapp, Mitchell Jones, Karl Reid, Michael Williams, and Marcus Cole) to produce the Commissioned Reunion Live album.

Hammond produced Make Me Like The Moon, a stirring gospel ballad co-written by Chanté Moore and Kenny Lattimore for their 2006 double-CD of gospel and R&B love songs entitled Uncovered/Covered (released October 10, 2006 by LaFace/Verity/Zomba Music Group). He also performs with Sean Combs on the album Thank You.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Notable singles[edit]

Release dateAlbumLabelRIAA certification[3]
1985I'm Going On (Commissioned)Light Records
1986Go Tell Somebody (Commissioned)Light Records
1987On The Winning Side (Commissioned)Light Records
1988Will You Be Ready? (Commissioned)Light Records
1989Ordinary Just Won't Do (Commissioned)Light Records
1990State of Mind (Commissioned)Verity Records
1991Number 7 (Commissioned)A&M Records
1991I Am PersuadedVerity Records
1993DeliveranceA&M Records
1994Matters of the Heart (Commissioned)A&M Records
1995The Inner Court (Radical for Christ)Benson Records
December 1, 1995Gospel Greats (Commissioned)Benson Records
August 20, 1996The Spirit of David (Radical for Christ)Benson RecordsGold - September 19, 2002 (2002-09-19)
April 28, 1998Pages of Life: Chapters 1&2 (Radical for Christ)Verity RecordsGold - September 9, 1998 (1998-09-09)
Platinum - April 7, 1999 (1999-04-07)
2x Platinum - October 13, 2006 (2006-10-13)
March 21, 2000Purpose By Design (Radical for Christ)Verity RecordsGold - January 19, 2001 (2001-01-19)
March 6, 2001In Case You Missed It....And Then SomeVerity Records
September 11, 2001Christmas...Just RememberVerity Records
April 23, 2002The Commissioned Reunion Live (Commissioned)Verity Records
September 10, 2002Speak Those Things: POL Chapter 3Verity Records
September 9, 2003Hooked on the HitsVerity Records
June 8, 2004Somethin 'Bout LoveVerity RecordsGold - November 7, 2008
June 13, 2006Praise & Worship (Commissioned)Verity/Legacy
October 3, 2006Free to WorshipVerity Records
September 29, 2009Love UnstoppableVerity Records
January 31, 2012God, Love & RomanceVerity Records
March 26, 2013United TenorsVerity Records
Release dateSongAlbumNote
April 28, 1998Let the Praise BeginPages of Life: Chapters 1 and 21998 Dove Award winner for Best Contemporary Gospel Song with Radical for Christ
1998PowerThe Prince of Egypt Inspirational Soundtracka featured song on the soundtrack for the animated motion picture The Prince of Egypt with Radical for Christ
April 28, 1998PowerPages of Life: Chapters 1 and 21999 Dove Award winner for Best Contemporary Gospel Song with Radical for Christ
2001King of Glory2001 Stellar Awards nominee for Song of the Year
All Things Are WorkingThe Gospel Soundtracka featured song on the soundtrack for the motion picture The Gospel
2004Celebrate (He Lives)2004 Grammy Awards nominee for Best Gospel Performance with Noel Hall and Darryl Dixon
2005Celebrate (He Lives)2005 Stellar Awards nominee for Song of the Year with Noel Hall and Darryl Dixon
2007Better Than That, with The Singletons2007 Stellar Awards nominee for Song of the Year
2003We Have Not ForgottenSoulfula duet performed on Ruben Studdard's debut album Soulful
November 22, 2005By Faith - with Sean CombsHurricane Relief: Come Together Now

Billboard chart history[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumChartPeak
1994Matters of the Heart - (Commissioned)Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums65
2002Speak Those Things: POL Chapter 3Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums29
2002Speak Those Things: POL Chapter 3Billboard 20038
2004Somethin' 'Bout LoveTop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums4
2004Somethin' 'Bout LoveBillboard 20035
2006Free to WorshipBillboard 20029
2009Love UnstoppableBillboard 20025
2009Love UnstoppableTop Gospel Albums1
2012God, Love & RomanceBillboard 2008
2012God, Love & RomanceTop Gospel Albums1
2013United TenorsBillboard 20039
2013United TenorsTop Gospel Albums1

Awards[edit]

Award wins[edit]

YearAward-giving bodyAward categorySong /Album title
1992Dove AwardsInspirational AlbumGeneration to Generation (with Larnelle Harris, Matthew Ward, Glad, 4Him, Dallas Holm, Kelly Nelon Thompson, Billy & Sarah Gaines, and Dana Key)
1992Dove AwardsContemporary Gospel AlbumHandel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration (with Mervyn Warren, George Duke, David Pack, Patti Austin, Take 6, Gary Hines, Robert Sadin, Richard Smallwood, and The Yellowjackets)
1998Dove AwardsContemporary Gospel SongLet the Praise Begin (with Radical for Christ)
1999Dove AwardsContemporary Gospel SongPower (with Radical For Christ)
2000Dove AwardsContemporary Gospel AlbumPurpose By Design (with Radical for Christ)
2001Stellar AwardsMale Vocalist of the YearPurpose by Design
2001Stellar AwardsProducer of the YearPurpose by Design (with Radical For Christ)
2001Stellar AwardsContemporary Male Vocalist of the YearPurpose By Design (with Radical For Christ)
2001Dove AwardsUrban AlbumJust Remember Christmas
2005Stellar AwardsProducer of the YearSomethin' 'Bout Love
2008Grammy AwardsBest Contemporary R&B Gospel AlbumFree To Worship

Award nominations[edit]

YearAward-giving bodyAward categorySong /Album title
1989Grammy AwardsBest Soul Gospel Performance - Duo, Group, Choir or ChorusWill You Be Ready? (Commissioned)
1991Grammy AwardsBest Pop Gospel AlbumShakin' the House...Live - Carman & Commissioned (& the Christ Church Choir) (Commissioned)
1992Dove AwardsInspirational Album (Winner)Generation to Generation (with Larnelle Harris, Matthew Ward, Glad, 4Him, Dallas Holm, Kelly Nelon Thompson, Billy & Sarah Gaines, and Dana Key)
1992Dove AwardsContemporary Gospel Album (Winner)Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration (with Mervyn Warren, George Duke, David Pack, Patti Austin, Take 6, Gary Hines, Robert Sadin, Richard Smallwood, and The Yellowjackets,)
1994Grammy AwardsBest Contemporary Soul Gospel AlbumMatters of the Heart (Commissioned)
1996Grammy AwardsBest Contemporary Soul Gospel AlbumShakin' the House (with Hezekiah Walker and Yolanda Adams)
1998Grammy AwardsContemporary Soul Gospel AlbumPages of Life: Chapters 1 and 2 (with Radical for Christ)
1998Dove AwardsContemporary Gospel Song (Winner)Let the Praise Begin (with Radical for Christ)
1999Dove AwardsContemporary Gospel Song (Winner)Power (with Radical For Christ)
2000Dove AwardsContemporary Gospel Album (Winner)Purpose By Design (with Radical for Christ)
2000Soul Train AwardsBest Gospel AlbumPages of Life Chapter 1 and 2
2001Grammy AwardsBest Contemporary Soul Gospel AlbumIn Case You Missed It...And Then Some
2001Stellar AwardsMale Vocalist of the Year (Winner)Purpose by Design
2001Stellar AwardsChoir of the YearPurpose by Design (with Radical For Christ)
2001Stellar AwardsProducer of the Year (Winner)Purpose by Design (with Radical For Christ)
2001Stellar AwardsProducer of the YearMountain High...Valley Low (with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Jarren Campbell, Richard Smallwood and Kevin Bond)
2001Stellar AwardsContemporary Group/Duo of the YearPurpose By Design (with Radical For Christ)
2001Stellar AwardsCD of the YearPurpose By Design (with Radical For Christ)
2001Stellar AwardsContemporary Male Vocalist of the Year (Winner)Purpose By Design (with Radical For Christ)
2001Stellar AwardsContemporary Choir of the YearPurpose By Design (with Radical For Christ)
2001Dove AwardsUrban Album (Winner)Just Remember...Christmas
2002Stellar AwardsSong of the YearKing of Glory
2002Grammy AwardsBest Contemporary Soul Gospel AlbumSpeak Those Things: POL Chapter 3
2002Stellar AwardsProducer of the YearCommissioned Reunion Live
2002Stellar AwardsGroup/Duo of the YearCommissioned Reunion Live (Commissioned)
2002Stellar AwardsContemporary Group/Duo of the YearCommissioned Reunion Live (Commissioned)
2002Stellar AwardsContemporary CD of the YearCommissioned Reunion Live (Commissioned)
2002Stellar AwardsSpecial Event CD of the YearCommissioned Reunion Live (Commissioned)
2002Grammy AwardsBest Contemporary Soul Gospel AlbumCommissioned Reunion Live (Commissioned)
2002Stellar AwardsContemporary Male Vocalist of the YearFred Hammond Christmas...Just Remember
2003Stellar AwardsContemporary Male Vocalist of the YearSpeak Those Things: POL Chapter 3
2004Grammy AwardsContemporary Gospel Album of the YearSomethin' Bout Love
2004Grammy AwardsContemporary Gospel Song of the YearCelebrate (He Lives) (with Noel Hall and Darryl Dixon)
2004Grammy AwardsBest Contemporary Soul Gospel AlbumSomethin' 'bout Love
2004Grammy AwardsBest Gospel PerformanceCelebrate (He Lives)
2005Stellar AwardsArtist of the YearSomethin' 'Bout Love
2005Stellar AwardsSong of the YearCelebrate (He Lives) (with Noel Hall and Darryl Dixon)
2005Stellar AwardsProducer of the Year (Winner)Somethin' 'Bout Love
2005Stellar AwardsCD of the YearSomethin' 'Bout Love
2005Stellar AwardsContemporary Male Vocalist of the YearSomethin' 'Bout Love
2005Stellar AwardsContemporary CD of the YearSomethin' 'Bout Love
2007Stellar AwardsProducer of the YearBetter Than That (The Singletons)
2008Grammy AwardsBest Contemporary R&B Gospel Album (Winner)Free To Worship

Personal life[edit]

Fred Hammond has two children that have appeared on his 2009 album, Love Unstoppable. Hammond was divorced from his wife, Kim, of 18 years in 2004,[4] and he currently resides in Cedar Hill, Texas.

Hammond revealed on the Donnie McClurkin Show that his mother confessed to him three months before she died that she had attempted to have him aborted. The procedure—done in 1960 before abortions were legal—failed. Hammond's mother returned for a second attempt but decided against the procedure ; Hammond was later born in December 1960.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fred Hammond at AllMusic
  2. ^ The Real Fred Hammond from facebook.com. Retrieved March 5, 2012
  3. ^ RIAA official website
  4. ^ "Google". Google. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ My Mom Nearly Aborted Me

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