Saturday, 12 July 2014

Artist/Band Name: The Seal Breakers



Artist/Band Name:   The Seal Breakers
Album Name:    Ready For War
Music Style:    Hip Pop Soul
Influences:    God


The Seal Breakers was formed the first Sunday in January 2001 under the name, The Eagle Praise Band, but its musical heritage has roots that were planted over 50 years ago. When its founder and lead trombonist, Elder Craig Williams, answered God’s call to bless the body of Christ with this particular expression of gospel music, he sought to combine his early musical influences with the contemporary gospel, jazz, soul-R&B and even hip-hop that have been part of his musical history. The Seal Breakers primarily employ the use of brass horns (trombones, sousaphone, baritone) and percussion to bring to life the admonition of Psalm 150 at their home church, Greater St. Stephen United Church of God under the leadership of their Bishop, Marvin D. Williams Sr., who himself played with one of the greatest shout bands in New York City, the “Gospel Blenders”, in the 60’s at Mother Lucille Allen’s United Pentecostal House of Prayer.


Since Elder Craig Williams began The Seal Breakers they have been blessed to minister and/or record with great gospel and jazz artists such as Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson, The Gospel Keynotes, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, James Hall and Worship and Praise, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon and a host of other musical giants. In March 2007 the band was also blessed to record a soundtrack for a PBS documentary “Bowl of Dreams” at the insistence of Dr. Bill Cosby who was literally blown away by a Seal Breaker performance at Medgar Evers College. The band travels throughout the U.S. playing at churches, colleges/universities and civic functions, spreading the message of God’s love through music.


 

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