Albany native relaunching gospel singing career

Albany native Gabriel Powell, a minister at The R Church in Roswell, released a gospel single last month. He said he plans to release severawl more this year, and possibly do an album in 2020.

ALBANY — A worshiper out of Atlanta, Gabriel Powell, is returning to the gospel music industry with a new sound.

Powell returned to his earlier passion to revive the worship experience of culture with his single “Nobody Like You,” released in May to kick off a monthly release of new singles on YouTube, Tidal, Google Music and Apple Music.

A graduate of Dougherty Comprehensive High School and son of Victor Powell, presiding bishop of Rhema Word Cathedral in Albany, Powell is himself a minister at The R Church in Roswell, which was founded five years ago.

“I got to Atlanta because of my dad,” the younger Powell said. “I asked him what was next, and he told me to go to Atlanta and start a church.”

Powell said he is excited to return to the music industry to connect people to God. As a full-time pastor, he has spent the last several years reaching people from the pulpit as a preacher and as a singer.

He has been playing music since he was 9, and involved in ministry in some capacity all his life. He was in ministry part-time while serving as a police officer.

The “Nobody Like You” video features Powell and the voices of the praise and worship team of the Atlanta church.

“I wanted to be a performer,” he said. “God put it on my heart to be obedient. It was tugging on my heart.

“(The single) was birthed out of the worship experience in my church. All of the people on the record attend my church.”

The Atlanta church has 150 members, with the bulk of the membership ranging in age from 23 to 40. The oldest member is 64.

“It’s a very innovative millennial church,” Powell said.

The minister released an album in Albany eight years ago, but he got away from music for a while afterward. That endeavor was not received so well with audiences. “Nobody Like You” is his first single since that time, and he said he is is hoping for good results going forward.

“In society, all we want is to be on top,” Powell said. “The song says nobody can compare to who God is.”

Learning from the last attempt at an album, Powell said he is relying more on professional help rather than doing it himself this time.

“I have no intentions on leaving for the next 10 years,” Powell said.”I am ready and I am motivated. I hope this time it is a bit more rewarding.”

He said his goal is not to become famous, but indications looked to be moving in that direction two weeks after the single’s release.

“It seems as if everyone loves the song,” Powell said.

It has not been lost on him that people often complain that there is not much quality in gospel music. He said he seeks to appeal to different styles, blending different musical components.

“I have my own unique style. We are all reaching for the same goal in worshiping God,” Powell said. “I love to touch every corner of the stage.”

He is expecting to release five singles before the end of the year, and possibly release an album in 2020.

“I hope people will turn to God,” Powell said.

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I'm a 2007 graduate of Georgia Southern University, and I've been a reporter for The Albany Herald since 2008. I cover news related to health care, Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, SOWEGA Council on Aging and other areas as assigned.

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