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By Mary Crosby:
One of the first interviews that Detroit Gospel.com conducted was
with four young ladies from Saginaw, MI, that go by the name
of RiZen. It was a cold evening in February 2004, that Detroit
Gospel.com first met Aundrea, Adriann, Kanika and Ashley behind
the scenes of the "Experience New Life Tour" when it
hit Detroit's Greater Grace Temple. The ladies were fresh off
their Stellar Award win for New Artist of The Year and sharing
their unique neo-traditional style across the country. (Click
to read 2004 interview with RiZen).
Much has changed since that time, but one thing remains
the same, RiZen remains one of the hottest gospel groups around.
We caught up with three of the ladies again to see
how life has changed for them and to talk about their upcoming
release, RiZen 2.
Kanika Trigg, Aundrea Lewis, Ashley Jones,
and Adriann Lewis are RiZen
Detroit Gospel.com: Back
in February 2004, shortly after RiZen won the 2004 Stellar Award
for New Artist of The Year, Detroit Gospel.com had the pleaser
of interviewing you at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. How has
life changed for you since that time?
Adriann: Life has been a total
360. We are constantly on the move; constantly on the move. Yes,
we have really been traveling this past year and God has really
been good to us.
Kanika: Life has just been, you
know, an up hill journey. God has just elevated us in so many different
ways, since we last saw you in February of 2004. We have since
gone to Italy last Christmas and we did a ten city tour there over
the holidays and we recently finished doing the “Sisters
in the Spirit Tour” with Yolanda Adams, Martha Munizzi, Sheila
E., Kelley Price and prophetess Juanita Bynum. So, it has just
been an awesome journey.
you believe that God has been trying to teach you something through
all of this, this past year, and if so what do you believe you’ve
learned from it?
Aundrea: God has really taught
us about being on the road and trying to balance our spiritual
life, as well as home at the same time. So, one thing for me to
have learned is how to be patient and how to endure many obstacles
that come with the ministry. How to handle different people, different
attitudes and just different environments. So, He has taught me
how to keep calm and to keep peace, and know that He’s taking
me through each situation.
Adriann: I agree with Aundrea; patience
and He’s really been teaching us long suffering and how to
maintain our humbleness. You know, because you really have to be
humble when you are serving God. So, He’s teaching us how
to be humble every day and how to summit to Him and His will.
DG.com: Tell us about
the new album “RiZen II.” How is it similar to or different
from “RiZen,” and what can we expect from it?
Adriann: Well, “RiZen II” is
really exactly what “RiZen” was before. We didn’t
change anything. We’re going to give you the praise and worship,
give you the contemporary, the traditional. We even have another
ballad on there, and our fans were just so pleased with “RiZen” that
we didn’t what to do any dramatic changes with “RiZen
II.” So, the only thing is that RiZen is taking it to another
dimension. It’s just wonderful. I mean, everyone is singing
on this project so it’s just wonderful for us to be able
to experience and give our fans all of us on this CD.
Aundrea: This album has a lot
more energy. From the music, from us, we just poured our hearts
and our spirits into this new project. So you will feel much more
love, more power, more excitement from us because we have really
worked with the best musicians, along with Sanchez, and my brother,
Ay’Ron again. So we had a whole different team this time,
so everything you felt with the first CD, we want to take it to
another notch. So it’s going to be very powerful.
DG.com: Is Ashley
still in the group with you?
Adriann: Ashley’s with us
but she’s not going out with us. Because her mother is really
ill and her decision was to stay home and take care of her mom.
So, that’s what Ashley is doing right now. We want everybody
to keep her mother in prayer and keep Ashley in prayer. You know,
that she makes the right decisions according to her mother’s
medical condition. So just pray for her.
Ashley singing on the new CD with you?
RiZen: No, she’s not, because
we did the CD right before we were coming back from Italy. So in
December, when we went to Italy, that was Ashley’s last appearance.
DG.com: Where was
this CD recorded?
RiZen: It was recorded in Flint,
DG.com: At your home
church? Is it a live performance?
RiZen: It wasn’t at our home
church, it was at New Jerusalem Gospel Baptist Church. It was a
DG.com: Is there
a DVD that will come out as well?
RiZen: We’re trying to work
on it, the DVD. We’re working on it now.
is playing in each of your CD players right now?
Adriann: A new “Kids Shout” CD
that my son will not let me take out the CD player. So that’s
what I’m listening to now. I’m listening to “Kids
Aundrea: I’m listening to
Donald Lawrence,”Speak Life.” So that’s what’s
really banging in my CD.
Kanika: Deitrick Haddon, “Crossroads.” My
kids love this CD; they’ve been listening to it for the past
few days. So that’s what’s in my CD player.
DG.com: So when can
Detroiters expect to see you again? Do you have a tour schedule
RiZen: We’ll be in Detroit
sometime in June. I don’t recall where it is, but it will
be June 12. We have all our appearances on our web site at www.rizen.biz.
So you can click on the schedule and our information is on there.
[Editors note: RiZen is scheduled to minister
at Great Faith Ministries' 2nd Annual Blessed Fest on Sunday, June
12, at 4PM.]
DG.com: Any closing
words for your fans?
RiZen: Go pick up the CD May 17!
We just thank God because now we’re going to be everywhere
from Target to Wal-Mart. Some people said they’d seen the
last CD at Walgreen’s. We’re going to be everywhere
DG.com: Any other
things you want to say before you go?
RiZen: Just to please keep us in
your prayers and just keep on supporting us because we love Detroit.
2 " Online
2" CD TRACKS:
1. Clap Your Hands
2. We’ve Come To Magnify The Lord
3. Hold On
4. For Who You Are
6. Praise Him Just A Little While
7. Jesus You’re My Light
8. Jesus You’re My Light (Reprise)
9. Over There
10. I Believe
11. Without You
12. He Knows
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