It’s been sixteen years in the making but things are finally getting better for Charles Butler & Trinity. Over the years, the twelve-member contemporary gospel chorale has backed dozens of gospel’s biggest artists ranging from Kirk Franklin to Karen Clark Sheard. Now, the Washington, D.C. based ensemble is releasing its debut digital CD, “Better” via Earnest Pugh’s EPM Music Group label on February 26, 2013.
“It feels great to hit the main stage after so many years,” says the group’s founder and leader Butler. “My group has done background for just about everyone in the Gospel Music industry and I feel like I waited my turn. I’m grateful that Earnest Pugh gave us a platform to share our ministry with the masses.”
The first radio single is “Better,” an up-tempo, retro pop-soul groove. “The inspiration behind `Better’ came from me trying to find another song to put on the project and I came across a song entitled, `Better.’ The song ministered to me at a time when I really didn’t feel like things would get better. After having the song on repeat for days, I truly wanted people to feel what I felt when I first heard the song.”
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Music has been in Butler’s soul since his youth. “I first realized I was musically inclined when I picked up a keyboard around the age of 12 and played the Clark Sisters’ song `Hallelujah.’ Most people don’t know that I can play piano and that I started playing at a church at the age of 13. I listened to The Clark Sisters, John P. Kee, the Mississippi Mass Choir, and the Winans to name a few. Those were my influences.”