Major Milestone: Ann Nesby Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary & New Record Deal
Soul siren Ann Nesby has landed a new deal with Arrow Records, the Atlanta-based record company founded by Creflo Dollar Ministries.
Nesby’s new record deal comes just in time for her 20 year anniversary and the veteran vocalist plans to release a CD that celebrates her storied career.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic and it gives me great pleasure to join forces with my pastor Taffi Dollar, CEO of Arrow Records, and new General Manager, Cappriccieo Scates, as we move forward, creating great music in the styles that I’ve based my entire career upon,” said Nesby. “It is my belief that music from the heart reaches the heart and being a part of Arrow Records is an opportunity to continue making a mark that cannot be erased. Let’s go!”
Nesby’s career began in the early 1990’s as the powerhouse lead vocalist for the Sounds of Blackness.
The group landed two Grammy Awards because of Nesby’s contributions to songs like “I Believe,” “Optimistic,” “Soul Holiday,” and “The Pressure.”
She embarked on a solo career in 1996 with her R&B debut, “I’m Here for You,” which featured the standout single “I’m Still Wearing Your Name.” Calling herself the “Queen of Inspirational Soul,” Nesby would go on to release seven solo CDs in both the R&B and gospel genres. Her 2002 CD, “Put it on Paper,” featured the chart-topping single of the same name featuring Al Green and landed Nesby her first solo Grammy nomination.
Nesby, who starred in Tyler Perry‘s very first stage play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” went on to star in the Paramount Film “The Fighting Temptations” alongside Beyonce Knowles and Cuba Gooding Jr.
In 2006, Nesby appeared on “American Idol” when her granddaughter Paris Bennett auditioned and became a finalist on the fifth season of the Fox competition series.
Most recently, the Joliet, Illinois-born singer starred alongside Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, Morris Chestnut and Brian J. White in the David E. Talbert touring play, “What My Husband Doesn’t Know.”
VIDEO: Watch the music video for Nesby’s song “I Get an Answer” here.