Their debut has only been in stores for a matter of weeks, and already Trin-i-tee 5:7 is hugewith a record topping sales charts and a video making waves in the general market. Of course, it helps who you know: Their labelmates are Gods Property, and their first single and video, "Gods Grace," was written and directed by R&B star R. Kelly and stars Kirk Franklin.
It also helps that theyre really cool. "We can be stylish, hip and saved," says alto Terri Brown, one-third of the vocal trio.
"When we were growing up, we didnt see a lot of young, pretty, hip gospel singers," soprano Angel Taylor explains. "We want to let the youth know its all right to look good and dance and sing, as long as you are honoring the Lord."
Trin-i-tee 5:7Brown, Taylor and tenor Chanelle Haynesis named after 1 John 5:7, which speaks of three becoming one to bear witness of Christ.
Brought together by New Orleans-based entrepreneur Kenneth Grant, they were soon signed with B-Rite and its been pell-mell ever since. They received a standing ovation when they opened for Kirk Franklin and Gods Property. They "had church" at the House of Blues in Chicago. They were featured on Bobby Jones Gospel Explosion and invited back to his birthday party.
Their self-titled debut is such an appealing blend of gospel, R&B and hip-hop, its no wonder theyre making such inroads in the general market. The difference, of course, is their solid Gospel message. "As far as our music, there is a beat to it and it is contemporary," Haynes says. "But our No. 1 goal is to let the youth know God is for real. Its important to listen to the words, because our job is to minister."