Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy
A Long Way From Sunday
Anthony Brown &
Group TherAPy have quickly emerged as a
principal player in Gospel music. Possessing a superior stroke
for songwriting and a premium skill set in music production,
Anthony is the complete praise package. His last album,
'Everyday Jesus," solidified the new kid on the block
as a bona fide worshiper with the chops to change the
atmospheres in any church service.
"Worth," quickly shot to #1 on Billboard's Gospel
"Everyday Sunday" garnered 10 Stellar Awards and their first
Grammy, BET and Billboard Music Award nominations. "Worth"
spent 27 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Gospel
radio charts, generated over 12 million views on YouTube and
close to 3 million streams on Spotify..
Fans can expect more
of what made Brown & Group TherAPy the Number One artist of
2015. A new album is due
out in July called "A Long Way to Sunday"
has enough variety to be interesting, while the songs weave
together a narrative of God's love, compassion, kindness,
faithfulness and beauty.
An obvious musical and vocal mastermind, Brown puts together sounds
and styles that will be relatable to all audiences. From an
animated track produced by Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell,
husband of Erica Campbell, on "I Got That," to the
worshipful hit lead single, "Trust In You," that debuted
on Billboard's Gospel Music charts at #7 and remains in the top
10 two months later.
It is all lyrical and cohesive.
In addition, to the consistent exceptional vocals of group therAPy, Brown
invited several friends to join him including Atlanta based
powerhouse singer, Leandria Johnson on a beautiful
ballad, "Consumed," and Sho Baraka on the pop
urban song "Lost."
new CD features songs that weave together a narrative of God's
love, compassion kindness, faithfulness, and beauty.
that could follow "Trust In You" as the next single is
"Every Time," the anticipated collaboration with fellow
stars Travis Greene & Jonathan McReynolds.
You'll also be hearing a lot in the coming months of "Never Alone"
a classic-sounding Anthony Brown & group therAPy tune.
Anthony Brown talks about "A Long Way From Sunday," explaining that
the title is for everyone who feels distant from God. In fact,
we all have moments where we feel very far away from God, or
when we haven't been to church in a long time. But Anthony wants
people to remember that, no matter when you're feeling like
that, or how often, you always can still get close to God.
"Trust In You," is a beautiful, personal and purposeful worship
song that once again proves why Brown and group theraPy are
considered among the top artists in the genre. Speaking to the
unlimited vastness of who God is, "Trust In You," is well
crafted and as is the group's signature, the vocals are
The response to the song has been swift and amazing. Program directors
from around the country, have been raving about the current hit
and are adding it to their rotations immediately.
Here's a recent
Q&A with Anthony...
Q: When you have to time to pamper yourself
or just relax, what are one or two hobbies, pastimes or
activities that you enjoy doing?
A: Treat myself? Everybody who knows me knows
I am a big kid at heart. A big part of me...Of course, I have to
grow up and be an adult, but I am a big kid at heart. I love to
go to amusement parks. When I am down, you find me on a great
roller coaster and I am the happiest guy in the world. That's
what I love.
Q: What city do you consider to be your home
away from home? A place where you love to vacation or just kick
it for a few days?
A: I am from Baltimore, but when I can get
away, I really love the vibe in Charlotte. For me, Charlotte is
just the mixture of the slow country life. I like the slow pace
down there, and the fact that, when I go to the South, people
are just so nice and genuine. And the way they treat you! It is
nice for me to get away. So, sometimes when I get away from the
hustle and bustle, I will go down to North Carolina.
Q: I am going to mention three or four names,
and I want you to tell me what they mean to your music, your
ministry and maybe to your relationship. First, Pastor
John K. Jenkins.
A: Wow, Pastor John K. Jenkins is a father
for me. Well, I still have my dad with me. I am so grateful for
my dad. Pastor Jenkins is like a second dad for me. He has
literally challenged me to be who I am still becoming today. He
loves my gifts, but he is more interested in my person and my
character. I trust him with everything and I love him. I am
blessed to serve there at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden.
I don't think I would be where I am today were it not for
Q: How about
Maurette Brown Clark?
A: Oh my goodness, everybody knows she is my
mama. I am infatuated with everything Maurette Brown Clark. She
is the epitome of a cheerleader and encourager. She literally
lets me stand tall on her shoulders. And she is an artist
herself. It's very rare to find an artist who is still relevant,
and who would let somebody stand on their shoulders, on their
platform, and push them farther than they can go. And that's
literally what she does for me. I love her. She is my mom.
Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy's
official video of
"Trust In You" -
Q: As part of your crew...Vashawn
Mitchell and Tasha Cobbs.
A: Oh man, you've got all my people right now. Everybody knows
Vashawn and Tasha are my brother and sister. I came to the
industry. It can be a rough place. The ministry side is one
thing, but the industry side is something totally different, and
it can be a scary place, and it gets lonely as well. So Vashawn
was really the first person that kind of like said, "Listen, I
think I can help you to get a record deal." And he literally
walked me into my first recording contract, which is unheard of.
"You are Mr. Nobody, but go ahead and get done what you're
Having him look out for me along the way was huge. So he is
still very much in my corner, and also one of my advice people.
He gives me advice. He treats me like a little brother-like for
real. We fight like brothers, but he has my back. And Tasha
Cobbs is a blessing to the whole entire world. She is
incredible. She is incredible as a believer and incredible as a
voice. Nobody can sing like her. But she happens to be my friend
and my sister. All three of us hang out and have a good time. So
they are real friends, and I appreciate them.
Q: Speaking of voices, your
vocalists in Group Therapy are phenomenal. Correct me if
I am wrong, but aren't you an alumnus of the prestigious Morgan
State University? Are any of your singers also from Morgan State
A: They are. They majority actually are, and that's really where
this whole ministry started. We would practice in the hallways
of the Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State. It wasn't like
an official thing, like "I am starting a group here." It was
more like, "Hey you, you, you and you, meet me after class,
let's sing a song." That's really how it all started. And so now
here we are, 15 years later, still together and still doing it.
That's how we kind of started at Morgan State.
First of all, I absolutely like these people. All are just
incredibly distinctive voices. I have always been told my voice was
distinct. I didn't know how to take that, because I didn't find
anybody else like me, and I thought it was a bad thing. But
eventually I learned that it was probably my greatest strength -
that I didn't sound like anybody else.
I mean, I like people who are absolutely relationship driven, I love
them in real life, people who I know on a broader scale. But, man,
you can't deny once you hear it. I was just hoping that maybe these
kinds of people would open up the door, the gateway, even in the
streets. Because I believe in them and love them so very much.
Q: Wow. So what are the ministerial or professional lessons that
you learned in the forerunner to Group Therapy? I am talking about
Answered Prayers. Were there things that you learned
along the way that prepared you for this professional ministry that
you have now with Group Therapy?
A: Absolutely. A lot of the members of Answered Prayers are
currently in Group Therapy. The change came with all of us, I
think...we had some growing up lessons. Some of those lessons, really
quickly, are that you have to invest and believe in yourself, even
if nobody else does. A lot of people have visions. They believe in
God, and believe that it is going to happen, but do they put in the
work? Think about that. We can't count on anybody else. When it
comes to money, we must buy into what we want, and be willing to
invest in ourselves. So that's probably the biggest lesson we all
Two, I learned what my wife told me the day after I had a break into the
industry, which is that if this was not for me - if it was not God
ordained, not my calling in life - I should go get a job. Run the
other way. Don't waste my time. That's what she told me. It blew me
away, but that was the best thing she could have ever told me,
because I had to really search God for myself, and say, "Lord, I
know what I want in my life, but what do you want for my life? If
that's what you want me to do, then I believe you will open the
That was my prayer, and still is. I say it everywhere I go, to anybody I
am talking to. Just to put it in prayer. "You know, God, if this is
for me to do, then open the door, and I'll know it's You. And if it
is not for me, shut the door in my face and let me go to where your
door is open for me."
Q: Great. I want to ask my final two questions. The first is ...
serving in ministry in praise and worship, as well as an artist - how
does that help cultivate both your ministry and your music for Group
A: Wow. It was hugely instrumental in helping to develop who I
currently am as an artist, and how we handle Group Therapy. Stephen
Hurd is an incredible worship leader, and I have watched him do it
week by week for the past seven years. For me, that helped me to
cultivate my own craft and sharpen my ability to not just sing, but
to usher people into corporate worship. How do you draw people in,
not to watch you sing, but to sing with you to the God whom we're
all singing about? It was really instrumental in that, and helped me
get over the hunger for a platform. You know what I mean?
Like, a lot of people are hungry for a platform, and I used to be the
same way. I wanted somebody to hear me sing. But I sing in front of
4,000 people every Sunday. I am able to serve them every Sunday, and
I believe that God has a heart for the sheep more so than for the
stage. I think that's really important - that you don't get
overwhelmed with things like who gets to be on the platform, or
pleasing people. Instead, you can use the platform to bring
attention to the Father.