Ray Stevens ‘pulled out all the stops’ on new gospel album

When singer and country comedian Ray Stevens started recording his new gospel album, he couldn’t decide which songs to record. So, he recorded all of his favorites.

He ended up with 24 songs, and since he could only put 12 on an album, he said he’s already got the second volume complete by default.

“Gospel Collection, Volume One” is in stores now and contains songs including “The Old Rugged Cross/Rock of Ages,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Old Time Religion/When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder” and more.

“They are certainly my favorites,” Stevens said of the songs. “I spent forever recording them. I wanted to get them just right. I think it turned out well.”

The album was released as part of the Gaither Gospel Series, and Stevens said the success of Volume One will determine the fate of Volume Two. If people buy it, he’ll give them the second album.

Stevens said he “pulled out all the stops” on the recording process and he hopes people like the album.

“I’m very proud of it,” he said. “I think it’s something gospel music fans have never heard before. I used strings and horns and bevies of voices, anything I could think of that would enhance the production.”

In June, Stevens released the book “Ray Stevens’ Nashville,” which details his life in Music City.

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