Fred Hammond

Fred Hammond is a gospel music singer, bass guitar player, and record producer.

Musical career

The Dove and Stellar award winner has been successful both as a member of the gospel performing group Commissioned, and as a solo artist (currently for Verity Records). He is a multiple time Grammy, Dove, Stellar award winner and nominee as a performer and a producer.

Hammond first gained recognition while playing bass guitar for the gospel group The Winans.  By 1985 he was one of the six original members of the group Commissioned, participating in 10 of the group’s 12 albums.

After his stint with Commissioned ended, he regained fame in the gospel community after selling millions of albums with his musical group Radical For Christ.

In 2002 Hammond returned to the group Commissioned (now with members Keith Staten, Marvin Sapp, Mitchell Jones, Karl Reid, Michael Williams, and Marcus Cole) to produce the Commissioned Reunion Live album.

Hammond produced Make Me Like The Moon, a stirring gospel ballad co-written by Chanté Moore and Kenny Lattimore for their 2006 double-CD of gospel and R&B love songs entitled Uncovered/Covered (released October 10, 2006 by LaFace/Verity/Zomba Music Group). He also performs with Sean Combs on the album Thank You.

Albums

Release date  ↓ Album  ↓ Label  ↓ RIAA certification[3]  ↓
1985 I’m Going On (Commissioned) Light Records  
1986 Go Tell Somebody (Commissioned) Light Records  
1987 On The Winning Side (Commissioned) Light Records  
1988 Will You Be Ready? (Commissioned) Light Records  
1989 Ordinary Just Won’t Do (Commissioned) Light Records  
1990 State of Mind (Commissioned) Verity Records  
1991 Number 7 (Commissioned) A&M Records  
1991 I Am Persuaded Verity Records  
1993 Deliverance A&M Records  
1994 Matters of the Heart (Commissioned) A&M Records  
1995 The Inner Court Benson Records  
December 1, 1995 Gospel Greats (Commissioned) Benson Records  
August 20, 1996 The Spirit of David Benson Records Gold – September 19, 2002 (2002-09-19)
April 28, 1998 Pages of Life: Chapters 1&2 Verity Records Gold – September 9, 1998 (1998-09-09)
Platinum – April 7, 1999 (1999-04-07)
2x Platinum – October 13, 2006 (2006-10-13)
March 21, 2000 Purpose By Design Verity Records Gold – January 19, 2001 (2001-01-19)
March 6, 2001 In Case You Missed It….And Then Some Verity Records  
September 11, 2001 Christmas…Just Remember Verity Records  
April 23, 2002 The Commissioned Reunion Live (Commissioned) Verity Records  
September 10, 2002 Speak Those Things: POL Chapter 3 Verity Records  
September 9, 2003 Hooked on the Hits Verity Records  
June 8, 2004 Somethin ‘Bout Love Verity Records Gold – November 7, 2008
June 13, 2006 Praise & Worship (Commissioned) Verity/Legacy  
October 3, 2006 Free to Worship Verity Records  
September 29, 2009 Love Unstoppable Verity Records  

Notable Singles

Release date Song Album Note
April 28, 1998 Let the Praise Begin Pages of Life – Chapters 1 and 2 1998 Dove Award winner for Best Contemporary Gospel Song with Radical for Christ
1998 Power The Prince of Egypt Inspirational Soundtrack a featured song on the soundtrack for the animated motion picture The Prince of Egypt with Radical for Christ
April 28, 1998 Power Pages of Life – Chapters 1 and 2 1999 Dove Award winner for Best Contemporary Gospel Song with Radical for Christ
2001 King of Glory   2001 Stellar Awards nominee for Song of the Year
  All Things Are Working The Gospel Soundtrack a featured song on the soundtrack for the motion picture The Gospel
2004 Celebrate (He Lives)   2004 Grammy Awards nominee for Best Gospel Performance with Noel Hall and Darryl Dixon
2005 Celebrate (He Lives)   2005 Stellar Awards nominee for Song of the Year with Noel Hall and Darryl Dixon
2007 Better Than That – with The Singletons   2007 Stellar Awards nominee for Song of the Year
2003 We Have Not Forgotten Soulful a duet performed on Ruben Studdard’s debut album Soulful
November 22, 2005 By Faith – with Sean Combs Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now  

Albums

Year Album Chart Peak
1994 Matters of the Heart – (Commissioned) Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 65
2002 Speak Those Things: POL Chapter 3 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 29
2002 Speak Those Things: POL Chapter 3 The Billboard 200 38
2004 Somethin’ ‘Bout Love Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 4
2004 Somethin’ ‘Bout Love The Billboard 200 35
2006 Free To Worship The Billboard 200 29

Award Wins

Year Award-giving body Award Category Song /Album Title
1992 Dove Awards Inspirational Album Generation to Generation (with Larnelle Harris, Matthew Ward, Glad, 4Him, Dallas Holm, Kelly Nelon Thompson, Billy & Sarah Gaines, and Dana Key)
1992 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Album Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration (with Mervyn Warren, George Duke, David Pack, Patti Austin, Take 6, Gary Hines, Robert Sadin, Richard Smallwood, and The Yellowjackets)
1998 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Song Let the Praise Begin (with Radical for Christ)
1999 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Song Power (with Radical For Christ)
2000 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Album Purpose By Design (with Radical for Christ)
2001 Stellar Awards Male Vocalist of the Year Purpose by Design
2001 Stellar Awards Producer of the Year Purpose by Design (with Radical For Christ)
2001 Stellar Awards Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year Purpose By Design (with Radical For Christ)
2001 Dove Awards Urban Album Just Remember Christmas
2005 Stellar Awards Producer of the Year Somethin’ ‘Bout Love
2008 Grammy Awards Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album Free To Worship

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