Deitrick Haddon

Gospel/R&B/Soul

Contemporary Gospel,Funk,Group Choir

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Deitrick Haddon took over as the choir director of his father's chuch, Unity Cathedral at the age of 13 and remained remained here for over 15 years, until moving to Florida with his wife in the mid-2000s. He also served as Unity's assistant pastor. The choir took on the name Voices of Unity and became known beyond Detroit. Unity Cathedral itself grew and opened a branch in the Detroit suburb of Inkster. With such local stars as the Clark Sisters and the entire Winans family gaining national exposure and even crossing over to secular audiences, the chances of an unknown Detroiter breaking into the scene might have seemed slim. But the challenge of having famous neighbors, Deitrick Haddon said, only motivated him. "I believe that if Commissioned, [and] The Clark Sisters can come out of Detroit and represent, then I can do it too," he told Kay 3 Music.

Signed to the small Tyscot label in 1994, Deitrick Haddon and Voices of Unity issued the album Come into This House the following year. Live the Life, released in 1997, began to put Deitrick Haddon on the gospel music map as it won two Gospel Music Workshop of America awards, one for New Artist of the Year: Urban Contemporary and the other for Album of the Year: Urban Contemporary. Proclaiming influences from Pastor Marvin Winans, gospel vocalist Rance Allen, and such secular stars as Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, Sam Cooke, and even Michael Jackson, Deitrick Haddon created a sound that he at first dubbed "gospel soul."

Deitrick Haddon continued to use choral elements in his music, even as he moved into a more solo directions with 1998's This Is My Story. By 1999, when Deitrick Haddon released Chain Breaker, infusing a cutting edge musical mix of R&B, hip-hop, arena rock and funk to a church choir arrangement. Deitrick Haddon continued to push the boundaries of gospel choir music with 2000's Nu Hymnz: Live from the Motor City which featured a chorus of more than 300 Detroit singers

Deitrick Haddon launched his solo career as a Christian R&B vocalist with the Lost & Found on Tyscot/Verity in 2002.  With its funky, partly rapped hit single "Oh Yeah," Haddon concocted a state-of-the-art, big-beat, hip-hop-influenced sound that still left room for traditional call-and-response between leader and congregation ("If Jesus Christ is running; your life, say 'Oh yeah!'").  "Sinner's Prayer" also received heavy spins on gospel and mainstream R&B radio stations, driving Lost & Found to number 1 on Billboard's Top Gospel Charts.

The 70's-leaning Crossroads followed in 2004, led off by the upbeat single "God Is Good". In an uncharacteristic move for marketing a gospel album, Deitrick Haddon made an appearance on the long-running syndicated series Soul Train performing the single as well as the title track from the album.

Deitrick Haddon stretched his Gospel artistry further into the ranks of mainstream venues with 7 Days, released October 10, 2006. Balancing out the contemporary bulk of the album is the traditional gospel flavored lead single "Heaven Knows" which Deitrick produced himself.

On September 2, 2008, Deitrick Haddon released another album called "Revealed". This album has the well known single, "Love Him Like I Do" (featuring Mary Mary and Ruben Studdard ) as one of its tracks. After the soundtrack 2010 Blessed and Cursed, Deitrick Haddon launched into 2011 with all new material on Church on the Moon

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Discography

Album Title Year Label
Come Into This House1995Tyscot Records
Live the Life1997Tyscot Records
This Is My Story1998Tyscot Records
Chain Breaker1999Tyscot Records
Nu Hymnz: Live From the Motor City2000Tyscot Records
Super Natural2001Tyscot Records
Lost & Found2002Verity Records
Crossroads2004Verity Records
All Star Edition2004Tyscot Records
Just the Hits (W/Dvd)2005Tyscot Records
7 Days2006Verity Records
Together in Worship2007Tyscot Records
Revealed2008Verity Records
Blessed & Cursed2010Tyscot Records
Church On The Moon2011Verity Records

Category:

Location:

Detroit

Michigan

United States

Record Label:

Verity/Tyscot Records

Christian Label:

Yes

Years Active:

90's

00's

10's





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