ZACARDI CORTEZ IS BACK WITH A SOULFUL RADIO SMASH “1 On 1” FIRST RADIO SINGLE FROM “KERRY DOUGLAS PRESENTS GOSPEL MIX VI” HITS TOP 40 IN ONE WEEK

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    In 2012, Zacardi Cortez made a big splash with his best-selling debut CD “Zacardi
    Cortez: The Introduction” (Worldwide Music Inc.). The album peaked at #2 on
    Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and earned him a Stellar Award nomination. After
    a brief recording hiatus, Cortez is back in the studio and has recorded a soulful
    new song that is taking the gospel and urban AC radio airwaves by storm. The simple
    but dynamic piano ballad “1 on 1″ was sent to radio programmers last week. It’s
    already one of the most added songs at gospel radio, gaining steam on urban stations
    and just landed in the Top 40 after one week in circulation.

    “Zacardi is the best singer in America today,” says Worldwide Music, Inc. CEO Kerry
    Douglas. “I’ve been grooming him like I groomed James Fortune and Earnest Pugh,” he
    says. “Zacardi is my next superstar and I have no doubt that he will be one of the
    biggest artists the gospel world has ever seen.” The song anchors the latest
    installment of Douglas’ best-selling Gospel Mix CD series. The new thirty-track set,
    “Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix VI,” releases August 20, 2013 and boasts great
    tracks by Tamela Mann, Ruben Studdard, Ted Winn, James Fortune & FIYA, Bryan Wilson,
    Earnest Pugh, Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee and a host of up and
    coming artists.

    “The song is about spending one on one time with God,” says the Houston native. “We
    all go through those times when we just have to put everything else aside – turn off
    the TV, put the video game down, stop taking phone calls – and just concentrate on
    our relationship. It can be your relationship with your girlfriend, your child or
    God. We all need that one on one time with the ones we love to let them know that we
    do love them and that’s the real message of the song.”

    The 27-year old rising star has been singing all of his life and began his career
    singing with his family, The Cortez Singers, and recording with his musical
    godfather, John P. Kee. He first gained notice as the lead on James Fortune &
    FIYA’s 2008 breakthrough hit “The Blood” and their subsequent #1 smash, “I
    Believe.” He’s as well known for his intricate vocal gymnastics and fiery hoops as
    for his smooth tone. He can sing it all, from gutbucket blues to polished pieces.
    His rousing track “One More Time” (featuring John P. Kee) spent six months on the
    Billboard Top Ten Hot Gospel Songs chart but “1 on 1″ is poised to go all the way
    to the top.

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