The New, Now, Next Generation of Urban Inspirational singers impacting Christian music is a group of young talented vocalists called LIVRE’ (pronounced Liv-Ray). The Bronx, New York natives mix the rhythm of the streets with undeniably pure worship.
LIVRE’ stepped into Christian music with their debut pop-flavored Billboard Top 20 Gospel radio single “I Will Be Alright” (featured on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta). They’ve sung background vocals on GRAMMY™ Award Winner Alicia Keys’ song, “How Does It Feel To Fly” from her critically-acclaimed 2009 CD, The Element of Freedom. LIVRE’ has also appeared on TBN’s JCTV, The WORD Network, FOX Morning News in Columbia, SC, and ABC’s Grace & Glory in Baltimore.
LIVRE’s latest single “Amazing” (released March 25, 2014) has climbed into the top 40 on the Gospel Billboard Radio Chart. The beautiful vocally sweet worship ballad has a companion music video allows a viewer to step into their everyday world as friends living in New York and as a professional music group in the creative and recording process. Ultimately, through the poignant lyrics and perfected musical production on “Amazing”, LIVRE’ pulls listeners into a vertical worship experience and delivers an uplifting anthem.
LIVRE’, which means “free” in Portuguese, was co-founded by music industry veterans Jeff Robinson and Conrad Robinson. Ajanee, Malik, Kenneth, Ariel and Richard make up this group of gifted, radical worshippers who were brought together to spread hope to a generation of new believers.
Ajanee Hambrick (23), is a female soprano and a vocal producer for the group. Ariel Malloy (24) is the female alto who recently graduated Marist College majoring in BIO-Med. Although quiet in demeanor, Arial takes on a personal leadership role in the group. Malik Spence (23) is the fashion savvy male tenor of LIVRE’. Malik has his own urban street wear clothing line Hommage Christus, and assist with styling the group. Another male tenor in the group is Kenneth Williams (21). Kenneth is a Praise and Worship leader at his church and brings an incredible high energy, churchy vibe to LIVRE’. Holding down tenor and bass is Richard Tolbert, Jr. (25) Richard is a skilled choir director, songwriter and spokesperson for LIVRE’.
The quintet got their start in the New York borough of the Bronx. All of the members, incredibly gifted individually, grew up singing in church and had traveled overseas, performed in stage plays and recorded with major artists before they met. Richard Tolbert says the group’s beginnings go back to their parents. “Our parents wrote together, played together and sang together,” recounts Tolbert. “We came together as a praise and worship team for a 3-night revival. We were planning to do the revival and that was it, but God had other plans. That was six years ago,” says Richard. Before they knew it, they were practicing, writing and singing God’s praises together. They instantly bonded and thus LIVRE’ was formed.
Talented in singing, arranging vocals and creating cutting edge sounds, the group members became a force to be reckoned with once they collaborated. Growing up, the members ofLIVRE’ were influenced by R&B music and as well as Gospel. Helping to introduce them to the Gospel music industry, LIVRE’ was honored to be mentored by the renowned Bronx Mass Choir.
LIVRE’ has shown that Christianity doesn’t have to be stuffy; they want to show the new generation that “God is cool”. Their self-titled debut project LIVRE’, on Glory 2 Glory Records / MBK Entertainment is set to release this summer.