Mississippi’s own, Malaco Records has announced the release of Greenleaf – The Gospel Companion Soundtrack Volume 1 in conjunction with Lionsgate.
The album is a musical reflection of the hit OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network original drama series Greenleaf. Malaco’s dominant role in the gospel music field led the series’ producers to join forces for the creation and release of this very special album. The album’s tracks, produced by Tim Lauer, Russell Ziecker and BeBe Winans, are rolling out digitally on a track-by-track basis. The full 14-track album will be released on CD and digital on August 26.
The first season of Greenleaf, featuring music heard on the album, currently airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on OWN. Greenleaf debuted to record ratings on June 21, becoming the #1 series debut in OWN history with over 3 million viewers.
Greenleaf’s main title theme is “The Root,” performed by Mavis Staples, who is one of the most celebrated R&B/gospel artists of all time. In a very real way, her family group, The Staple Singers, provided the musical voice for the Civil Rights Movement as they worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is a multiple Grammy Award® winner and is scheduled to receive the Kennedy Center Honor later this year.
The First Lady of Gospel Music,” the Reverend Shirley Caesar contributes the classic “Satan, We’re Gonna Tear Your Kingdom Down” to the album. She’s been a leading light in gospel for six decades and is a Grammy® winner 11 times over and has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Known as “The Songbird of the South,” Dottie Peoples is heard on Greenleaf’s “Get Your House in Order.” A prolific recording artist, she has no fewer than twelve full-length albums in the Malaco Records catalog.