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Zacardi Cortez will be joining other artists like James Fortune, Tasha Cobbs, Erica Campbell, William McDowell and more….. for our 12th Annual Lamplighter Awards on Sat. Dec. 7th at the Carolina Theater in Durham.  Tickets available at all ticketmaster outlets, or call 1-800-745-3000.

Listen as Zacardi talks to Melissa about coming to Lamplighters, his new CD coming out in January, his kids and more.

Here’s more on Zacardi….


One of the most talked about voices in gospel music today belongs to 28-year-old singer, Zacardi Cortez. Over the last half dozen years, Cortez’ big voice and spine-tingling vocal gymnastics have distinguished James Fortune & FIYA’s radio smashes “I Believe” and “The Blood,” and made him one of the most sought-after singers in today’s world of auto-tune stars. In 2012, he enjoyed his first headlining smash with the Top Ten hit “One More Time” (featuring John P. Kee) and now he’s aiming to go all the way to the #1 slot with his new track, “1-on-1,” a goose-bump-inducing track that is currently #4 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart and making an impact on Urban AC radio.  …..

All of the buzz about Cortez’ old school vocal acrobatics have earned him celebrity collaborations ranging from soul singer John Legend to Le’Andria Johnson. In 2012, Worldwide Music issued Cortez’s CD debut, “Zacardi Cortez: The Introduction.” The first single, “One More Time,” peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart and earned him a Stellar Award nomination as Contemporary Male Artist of the Year. The CD peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums and #8 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart. The new single “1-on-1” anchors the Top Ten compilation CD “Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix VI” and will also be featured on Cortez’s sophomore CD that will release in the first quarter of 2014.

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Here’s his latest single “1 on 1″


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