Gospel music artist Deon Kipping releases a new EP, A Place Called Victory, available today. Driven by the rousing hit single "Place Called Victory," the album comprises 4 tracks, including "By Myself," "The Blessing Is Yours," and "I Want it All." Kipping releases the contemplative track "By Myself" to radio today also, as his second single.
Thrilled to bring fans his new songs on A Place Called Victory, Kipping says, "I am so grateful for all the love and support that I have received for my single 'Place Called Victory' thus far, and I am excited for everyone to hear 'By Myself.' At times many of us try to handles our issues on our own and most times our way never works. This new song is an honest declaration for the people of God that lets the world know we cannot make it without him, an anthem for those are willing to give everything to God and say Lord, I need your help."
Raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Deon Kipping recalls his grandmother calling on him to sing in church at the tender age of 9 years old and this was the beginning of a journey filled with musical grooming and preparation. His grandmother started him off as a singer and - as time went on - he played the organ and served as the minister of music. By the time he was in high school, Kipping had started a Gospel choir and began to write songs while also venturing into music directing. His longtime mentor and manager Gerald Isaac introduced him to production, which further developed Kipping's creative dexterity.
Kipping continued to hone his talents as a student at Lincoln University, where he was the Music Director for their Gospel choir. During this time, he also had the opportunity to play keys on Mary J. Blige's "Your Child;" and for R&B artists Mario and Angie Stone. He calls his music publishing company "216 Publishing," which was the number of the college dorm room where he spent many days writing songs, arranging vocals, creating melodies, and developing his unique sound.
After graduating from Lincoln University with a degree in music, he formed a group named "New Covenant". They began singing at Kipping's home church and as word quickly spread about their ministry they began to be invited to churches across Connecticut to sing. With New Covenant, Kipping matured as a writer and composer and began to really carve out a unique brand of music - but he knew that there were some songs that he needed to deliver as an artist and soon decided to answer the call to come out from behind the scenes.
In 2005, Deon wrote "Incredible God, Incredible Praise," which was recorded by JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise. "Incredible God, Incredible Praise" would be Deon's first Gospel music placement and he recorded lead vocals on the song. You can also hear Kipping's vocal lead on the wildly popular "Lord You're Mighty" by JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise.
Kipping continued to write and eventually recorded an independent album titled REAL LIFE, REAL WORSHIP, which included a powerful song titled "Praise Him In Advance." The story goes that Marvin Sapp was on a trip in Connecticut and while being driven to a destination, the "Real Life, Real Worship" album was playing in the background. When "Praise Him In Advance" came on, Marvin Sapp fell in love with the song and decided to record it for his 2007 "Thirsty" album. Subsequently, "Praise Him In Advance" became one of the most noted songs of the past five years. It shot to #2 on Billboard's "Gospel Songs" chart, remained on the chart for 31 weeks, and earned Kipping an ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Award.
Kipping has written songs for many other artists, including: Byron Cage ("I Got A Reason"); Bishop Paul Morton ("I Am What You See"); Jessica Reedy ("Always"); James Fortune ("Never Again," "Identity"); the late Timothy Wright ("He Will Do"), and Rance Allen ("My Needs"). The two latter songs he also recorded with those artists. Additionally, Deon Kipping & New Covenant have opened for main stage artists such as Hezekiah Walker and Tye Tribbett.
Deon Kipping was a featured artist on Kirk Franklin's recent "Fearless Tour," which he said - obviously - was one of the greatest experiences of his life. "I was in direct contact with Kirk Franklin, who is someone that I truly admire and want to continue to learn from. I watched how he handled his band, singers, and his love for what he does. It was definitely a highlight in my life and career."
A Top 10 hit on the Mediabase Gospel Single Chart, "Place Called Victory" and the rest of Kipping's new EP album showcase the brilliant voice and songwriting talents that his fans can expect for his upcoming third full-length album. A Place Called Victory is out now via all digital providers.