Free Sept. 19 Launch Party Begins at 4 p.m. on UM Campus
MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile’s high-energy brass and percussion group RamCorps will release its new CD, “The Movement,” with a free launch party on Monday, Sept. 19.
RamCorps will perform selections from their new album, and CDs can be purchased for $10 at the event. The launch party begins at 4 p.m. in Ram Hall on the campus of the Christian university, and the public is invited.
The CD, which was recorded in May, also can be ordered or downloaded beginning Sept. 19 from the university’s 8EightyRecords.com site, from iTunes, or ordered by calling the UM performing arts center at 251.442.2420. For information about the CD or launch party, contact Meredyth Greening at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RamCorps is a 30-member Christ-centered high impact visual brass and percussion ensemble comprised of University of Mobile students.
The album is more than a collection of great music, said Kenn Hughes, RamCorps director and associate professor of music and director of instrumental studies.
“RamCorps set out to record an album to create a new sound in contemporary Christian music, to develop student musicians into professional artists, and to be musically and culturally relevant,” Hughes said.
“‘The Movement’ is sharing the Gospel using music as a magnet to attract a variety of people from all walks of life. This album demonstrates the energy and passion of RamCorps to boldly proclaim the love of God.”
Hughes said the album is a compilation of selected Christian titles of contemporary music mirroring the style of groups like Bonerama, New Birth Brass Band, New Orleans Night Crawlers, The Soul Rebels, Trombone Shorty, and Youngblood Brass Band.
Musical elements in the album include solo work, group vocals, rapping, and even yelling, to take full advantage of these gifted and energetic college students, said Hughes.
“The way this group of students gets to express their love for Christ using music is unlike any other, and affords us opportunities that are most unique,” said Hughes.
“We’re hopeful that these arrangements and the experience that we gained as performers will bring people to their feet in our live concerts,” he added.
RamCorps collaborated with professional musicians in Nashville who wrote material for the album and worked in the studio with students. The recording was done over the course of five days in April and May.
RamCorps also recorded a few fan favorites, including “The Movement” and “Brooklyn” by Young Blood Brass Band, plus a new single by RamCorps member Michael Jolly, “Just in Time.”
The group performs over 120 concerts each year in churches, schools and public venues across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, South Carolina and North Carolina.
RamCorps has traveled internationally on musical mission trips to areas such as Jamaica, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, and in Sochi, Russia during the Olympics.
As Compassion Music Artist Ambassadors, they are recognized among artists such as Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant and Phil Keaggy who partner with the child advocacy ministry Compassion International. Through Compassion International, RamCorps sponsors Henriette, a girl from Africa.
RamCorps will perform along with other Christian artists on the 2017 K-Love Cruise aboard the MSC Divina, which will port in the Bahamas and in the Dominican Republic. Among the performers are Steven Curtis Chapman, Matt Maher, Natalie Grant, and UM alumni Big Daddy Weave, among others.
In 2015, the UM RamCorps performed on The Duck Commander Cruise, which set sail from Miami. RamCorps shared the stage with some familiar celebrities, including the Robertson Family from the reality TV show “Duck Dynasty” and popular entertainers Ricky Skaggs and Lee Greenwood.
About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.