“Older and Wiser.” DA’ T.R.U.T.H. Rebrands as Emanuel on New Self-Titled Album
Grammy nominated & 4x Stellar award winner DA’ T.R.U.T.H. rebrands himself as Emanuel and releases self-titled 12th studio album. Set to perform at HIPHOPDX.COM 2023 GRAMMY event.
Known to the Christian Hip Hop community as Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Emanuel Lee Lambert Jr. is ringing in 2023 with a new name and self-titled album, Emanuel, which proves Christian Hip Hop is not just for the young generation. The 12th studio release from the legendary artist also introduces the retirement of his performance name, Da’ T.R.U.T.H., and the birth of moving forward under his given name, Emanuel Lambert.
“Being older and wiser makes me feel more stripped down and vulnerable,” shares Emanuel. “Da’ T.R.U.T.H. is strong, and he knows it. Emanuel is more like one of the guys. I have been thinking for the past four years that this is something I wanted to do, and this was a perfect time.”
With a career spanning two decades, Emanuel has proven himself as a leading voice in the music industry. He has won four Stellar Gospel Music Awards, sold over a quarter million records worldwide, and is GRAMMY and DOVE Award nominated.
The album Emanuel focuses on the intersection between two worlds. The world of Emanuel, his birth name, and Immanuel, the Hebrew name given to Jesus Christ. He remains committed to using creativity in the arts to share his faith and life experiences.
Boasting collaborations with Fred Hammond, Todd Dulaney, Aaron Cole, Dante Bowe, Tamela Mann, Maranda Curtis, Rich Tolbert, PJ Morton, Yolanda Adams, and more, it reminds listeners that whatever their state or station of life, the greatest confidence one can have is knowing that God is “Immanuel,” – The One who is with all through every season of life.
Emanuel’s lead single, “Set The Bar,” is a powerful and thought-provoking track that starts with an orchestral string composition. Upbeat and intense “Set The Bar” takes listeners on a journey from humble beginnings in the industry to his current status.
He highlights one of the greatest challenges of longevity: the audience expects the artist to stay the same. In this heavily string-driven song, he makes an appeal, challenging his listeners to allow him room to evolve and grow as an artist. The chorus, “I set the pace, I set the bar,” keeps the focus on his intent to be a trailblazer. Over time, he has developed his own sound and wants his fans and supporters to stay with him as he seeks to mature the genre.
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“Whole” is a reflective declaration in three parts. Emanuel begins with the groundbreaking Christian Hip Hop sound which he has gained an international following. Known for his unique instrumentation, Emmanuel beings the song with a simple piano and beat instrumentation. As he sets the theme for the song, he wants the listener to focus on the lyrics.
Section two is reminiscent of the early Gospel hymn songs – when music was created with solely voice and instruments. In this section, Emanuel and Yolanda Adams beautifully draw the listeners into a spiritually intimate moment. The final section returns to traditional Gospel, with the two artists driving the song to the end with an upbeat and celebratory declaration, “I Need Healing for My Soul.”
Featuring Todd Dulaney and Aaron Cole, “Crown” is a spiritually awakening collaboration. Listeners hear the signature Dulaney sound, which is contemporary Christian Worship in nature.
While Todd works his talents, Emanuel uses his unique lyrical gift to engage those listeners that might need a more urban spiritual moment. Aaron Cole uses the purity and honesty of his voice to ensure that the text remains at the forefront of the song.
“Kingdom” features Dante Bowe and is a standout declaration that the time has come for the Kingdom of God to rise. The raw edge of Dante Bowe’s voice and the energetic lyricism of Emanuel activates a call to action that is hard to ignore. The lyrics and melody paint a visual picture when Bowe sings about the stirring in his soul and the open fire burning in his bones. “Kingdom” puts these feelings into context by informing listeners that they are a notification that the time has come for them to rise.
CEO of Mixed Bag Entertainment, Gary Crockett says about the project, “This album speaks to the issues of life but giving an enormous celebration of hope in each song.”
Emanuel shares, “I craft music for a mature listener. If you love music, you will love Emanuel. If you love Christian Hip Hop but think you are too old to listen to it, I’m here to tell you that you’re not. I want people to feel comfortable ‘still liking this.'”
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- Nights In Atlanta
- Set The Bar
- King (ft. Fred Hammond)
- Crown (ft. Todd Dulaney & Aaron Cole)
- Kingdom (feat. Dante Bowe)
- Count On You (ft. Greg Cox)
- Morning Hymn (ft. Tamela Mann)
- Tell Somebody (ft. Maranda Curtis)
- Alright (ft. Myron Butler, Mizz Tiff)
- Free (ft. Kim Burrell)
- Fresh Lemonaid (ft. D’Shondra)
- Healing Comes (ft. Rich Tolbert)
- Midday Hymn (ft. Tamela Mann)
- In The Dark
- Grey Hair (ft. PJ Morton)
- Whole (ft. Yolanda Adams)
- Evening Hymn (ft. Tamela Mann)
Emanuel, a sonic inspiring journey through Emanuel’s entire career—including years spent as a classroom trained percussionist—is now available wherever music is sold and streamed. Follow Emanuel on social media by using the handle @DaTruthOnDuty.