Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and one of the original founding members of the funk, soul group Parliament Funkadelic, Calvin Simon, releases his latest solo Gospel album, It’s Not Too Late. The project was produced by Simon and features eight new songs written and performed by the talented artist. The record features such heartfelt ballads as “Needing Someone (It’s Not Too Late)” and “A Soldiers Story,” with the latter tune having special meaning for Simon since he is a war veteran. But time hasn’t diminished Simon’s “funk” side with songs like “Jesus Is A Friend Of Mine,” “Sorrow Street,” and “Power Of Love.” It’s Not Too Late is now available online at all digital music outlets.
“This project came to me in a dream, and from that day forward I knew what I needed to do to spread the Good News about the love of Jesus Christ,” said Simon. “I could not believe the power, and what I can only call divine intervention, that pushed me to bring this album to completion. It was like everybody involved felt the same love, and in no time, had coined the phrase Sanctified Funk when referring to the record. I know the Lord’s hand guided me on every note, and I am amazed at the reactions I witness when someone listens!”
It’s Not Too Late is the second solo album from Simon, as he released Share The News in 2004 that marked his first foray into the Christian-Gospel music market. The project reached No. 21 on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart, when Simon was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and all efforts to support the record, including a tour, had to be cancelled. Simon’s strength during his recovery was aided by his faith, which began as a child growing up in Beckley, West Virginia and rededicating his life to Christ in 2002 with a second baptism. After such a long journey of recovery, and nursing his wife who died in 2013 from bone cancer, the album’s title, It’s Not Too Late, signifies the power and grace of God for those who reach out to Him. Simon’s life story was chronicled in a 700 Club interview when Share The News was released and may be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2f2271S.
Despite Simon’s personal hardships, he has enjoyed a stellar career as a member of The Parliaments and Parliament Funkadelic for 20 years that resulted in 15 Gold and seven Platinum albums, along with the prestigious induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Simon and three other founding members of Parliament Funkadelic formed a new band Original P, and when the group disbanded, the music legend developed a production company and record company, Par Golf Music Productions/Simon Sayz Recordings, which led to Simon becoming a solo Gospel artist. Below is a photo of Calvin with his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame award.
“It’s Not Too Late” track listing:
1. “Needing Someone (It’s Not Too Late)”
2. “The Holy One”
3. “Jesus Is A Friend Of Mine”
4. “Sorrow Street”
5. “A Soldiers Story”
6. “Power Of Love”
7. “In My Fathers House”
8. “I Am A Soldier”