Country Music Hall of Fame singer/songwriter Jimmy Fortune is gearing up for the October 23rd release of his highly-anticipated album Hits & Hymns. Appropriately titled, the project sees Fortune performing some of his classic Statler Brothers HITS, in addition to top Gospel hymns. The album, which features unique collaborations with some of country and Gospel music’s top artists including Vince Gill, The Isaacs, Dailey & Vincent, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Skaggs, the Gaither Vocal Band and The Whites, will be released via Gaither Music Group.
The album will coincide with the special edition DVD, Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns, hosted by Bill Gaither. Taped in Indiana, the DVD features Fortune performing songs from the new CD, which was produced by Ben Isaacs, including the #1 Billboard Fortune-penned tracks “Elizabeth” and “Too Much on My Heart.” It also includes touching inspirational favorites like “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.”
“I’m very proud of this new project. I feel like it’s the pinnacle of a lot of hard work and determination,” said an excited Jimmy Fortune. “Because of everyone involved and the love for the songs, it is magical from beginning to end. Ben Isaacs shows how truly talented he is as a producer. It’s a God thing and I’m thankful for it.”
Over the years, Fortune has established himself as one of the most distinctive tenor singers in country music history. After joining the legendary Statler Brothers in 1982, Fortune experienced Gold and Platinum records, won CMA and IBMA Awards and was inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
The Hits & Hymns CD and DVD collections will be airing as part of a TV special slated for PBS, DirecTV, AT&T U-verse, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. It will air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV. Fortune was recently featured on RFD-TV’s “Larry’s Country Diner” and TBN’s “Praise the Lord” programs, sharing songs from the new release.
The products will be exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and will be available throughout general market stores, including Cracker Barrel Country Store®, and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com.
For further information regarding Fortune or Hits & Hymns, please visit www.jimmyfortune.com or learn more on his Facebook page.
Hits & Hymns Track Listing:
1. Elizabeth (with Ben Isaacs & Sonya Isaacs)
2. Life’s Railway To Heaven (with The Oak Ridge Boys)
3. Danny Boy (with Ben Isaacs, Gene McDonald, Reggie Smith)
4. More Than A Name On A Wall (with Becky Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs, Ben Isaacs)
5. Far Side Banks Of Jordan (with Ben Isaacs & Charlotte Ritchie)
6. Precious Memories (with Ben Isaacs & Charlotte Ritchie)
7. Just A Closer Walk With Thee (with The Gaither Vocal Band)
8. Rock Of Ages (with Mike Rogers & Sydni Perry)
9. I Believe (with The Whites)
10. How Great Thou Art (with Mike Rogers & Sydni Perry)
11. In The Sweet By and By (with Dailey & Vincent)
12. Too Much On My Heart (with Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White Skaggs)
13. Amazing Grace (with Vince Gill & Sonya Isaacs)
14. If I Was God (with Mike Rogers & Sydni Perry)
15. Victory In Jesus (with Ben Isaacs, Gene McDonald, Reggie Smith)