RiZen burst onto the national gospel music scene in 2003 rocking their stilettos to a praise beat, wowing audiences and satisfying thirsty souls without ever missing a step. Fast forward to 2009: The all girl praise and worship team has evolved from eight members to three and, now, to a duo newly signed to Verity Records and set to release their third CD FREE., which will be released to the all over the country on October 27th, 2009.
As their combined album sales and notoriety continue to increase from their self-titled, major-label debut album, RiZen- Adriann and Aundrea Lewis, built proudly and boldly on a foundation of great traditional and contemporary gospel music, rolled off an impressive memorable top selling hit "View The City". With RiZen’s latest project FREE, the signature foot-stomping, hand clapping and energetic ladies from Saginaw, Michigan will deliver 10 songs, that again has recorded a CD that covers a myriad of gospel sounds, from traditional to contemporary, to praise and worship, with a touch of R&B and a splash of funk. This mixture of sounds beyond traditional gospel is a sweet surprise for RiZen fans and will garner even more inspirational and gospel music fans of all ages to their music ministry.
The new CD, FREE, was produced by urban gospel icon and label mate Fred Hammond. as well as Aaron Lindsey, Daniel Weatherspoon and RiZen?s younger brother and musical director, Ay?Ron Lewis. Aundrea beams over their new release, “Our sound has really changed with this release. It is a mixture of traditional and contemporary styles. We were able to work with different producers who brought to us more creative ideas and a different way of doing things this time. ” Aundrea and Adriann Lewis are the daughters of Elder Luciose Lewis Jr., senior pastor of the New Galilee Baptist Church in Saginaw, MI. Their mother, Kayron Lewis, is their executive manager, and brother Ay’Ron Lewis, is their musical director / producer. RiZen, received numerous awards including CBA Best New Artist, 2004 Stellar Award for Best New Artist, and 2006 Stellar Award for Traditional / Duo Group of the Year. Also albums one and two, was peeked number three and six on the billboard charts for more than 16 weeks.
The powerful ladies of RiZen, in a short time have had the opportunity to tour with some of the greats from; Bishop Neil Ellis Pursuing the Glory Book Tour, Tom Joyner Morning Show Cruise, Stevie Wonder Toys For Tots Fundraiser, Bishop T.D. Jakes Megafest, Italy Tour, Sisters In The Spirit Tour, Kurt Carr “One Church” Tour, Radio One Gospel Cruise and many more. RiZen, has been telecasted all over the nation, on some of the renowned networks and television shows such as: T.C.T. Alive, Prophetess Juanita Bynum on T.B.N. Dr. Bobby Jones Gospel on B.E.T., Jeff Majors on Channel One, Stellar Awards, Dove Awards, Prism Awards, Donna Richardson- Joyner’s Sweating In The Spirit Video, Sister 2 Sister Magazine, Essence Magazine, and Rejoice on Word Network.
Other stand outs on FREE include the rock tinged title track, which will make you dance and shout in the spirit as you relish being free from the cares of this world. The praise and worship ballad, “I Owe It All To You” will send your soul soaring with gratitude to the Lord for all he’s done for you while the upbeat, foot stomping, traditional gospel music lover’s delight, “Look Back” will take you straight to church. And not be left out is “Ridiculous Praise,” it will touch your spirit and make you praise God right where you are. FREE is RiZen?s best musical offering to date and an awesome ministry tool for the duo’s ultimate goals of saving souls and global kingdom building. Once you listen to FREE, you’ll feel the anointing jumping out at you and will make you want to dance and feel free to express yourself in the spirit.