Multiple Dove Award recipient, as well as Grammy and Stellar Award-nominated recording artist, Antonio Neal has released “Welcome Home,” the first single from his new EP of the same name. The video of the single recently topped the playlist at TuneCore.

What a blessing to have the first single from my new EP out to listeners and to start receiving feedback,” Neal says. “The song’s message of reconciliation is really important to me. My prayer is that others will blessed by the song.”

Madison Line Records, the label where Neal serves as chief operating officer, will release Welcome Home to all digital retailers on October 21. Madison Line Records is the affiliated label of Visible Music College, a music and worship college in Memphis, Tenn.

Neal, formerly an EMI Gospel recording artist (now Motown Gospel), has recorded three albums during his career as a singer and songwriter. As an artist, writer and producer, he has sold more than five million albums and has worked with Stacie Orrico, Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, and Tyler Perry on his Diary of a Mad Black Woman soundtrack. Neal won two Dove Awards as a songwriter on “There Is Nothing Greater Than Grace” by Point of Grace and a Dove Award as the producer on This Is Me by Kierra “Kiki” Sheard. Welcome Home will be Neal’s first release since taking the helm of Madison Line Records in 2013, where he oversees marketing, publishing and day-to-day operations.

Neal co-produced the seven-song EP with Kirk Kienzle of Kienzle Music, and utilized the talents of Visible Music College staff and students, among others, on many of the tracks. The music encompasses a variety of genres, from pop to calypso to gospel to what Neal calls “cafe Caribbean cool.”

I have been exposed to and impacted by so many cultures,” Neal says. “It all became art to me.”

Despite the multi-genre format, the EP contains one theme at the core: reconciliation.

“It’s the Prodigal Son–that’s the idea of Welcome Home, but it’s not just the parent-child relationship,” Neal says. “It encompasses many different kinds of relationships–with God, the Church, family relationships, friendships, even romantic relationships, such as husband and wife.” 

Neal says in each song–from the inspiring piano pop of “Things Will Get Better” to the jazz-infused pop of the EP’s title track–he tried to focus on telling his own story rather than projecting a heavy-handed message.

“I’d rather take the same medicine and put it in something sweet,” he says. “But really, this is about my life, my experience. That’s what I’m sharing. It’s looking inward rather than pointing a finger out and saying, ‘this is about you, this is what you need to do.'” 

Welcome Home will be available at all digital retailers, including Amazon, iTunes, and at madisonlinerecords.com.

For more information about Welcome Home and Neal, like on Facebook (Facebook.com/AntonioNealMusic) or follow on Twitter (@AntonioNeal).

 

Story Source: McCain & Co. PR

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