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Out of Eden

Background information
Genres Urban contemporary gospel, R&B, CCM
Years active 1994 - 2006
Labels Gotee Records
Associated acts Virtue, Mary Mary, The Katinas, Verbs (aka Knowdaverbs)
Former members
Lisa Kimmey
Andrea Kimmey-Baca
Danielle Kimmey

Out of Eden was an American Gospel music group often identified with R&B, and contemporary Christian music.

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Musical career

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Origins

The band consisted of three sisters Lisa Kimmey, Andrea Kimmey-Baca and Danielle Kimmey, all born in Richmond, Virginia between 1975 and 1980. The Kimmey sisters grew up in Africa, performing as a support act for their mother, who is a classical pianist.[1].

In 1994, Toby McKeehan Joey Elwood and Todd Collins initially planned to produce an Out of Africa album, but when they failed to find a record label willing to sign up the trio, they formed the record label Gotee Records and produced and released their debut Out of Eden. The first single off the album was a remake of the Bill Withers 1978 single "Lovely Day" and was a Christian Contemporary Music hit.[2]

Their sophomore album, in 1996, More Than You Know was even more successful and catapulted the sisters into the CCM spotlight.

Mainstream Success

Their 3rd album was the acclaimed No Turning Back which was released in 1999.

2002 saw their fourth and best-selling Gotee album, This Is Your Life which entered the Billboard 200, peaking at #178. The album was also nominated for a Stellar Award.

Another 2 years went by before the up-tempo album: Love, Peace & Happiness. This album was nominated for 2 Dove Awards in the Urban Gospel Album of the Year category and Urban Gospel Song of the Year category for the song "Soldiers".

In early 2005, Out of Eden presented an a cappella version of an old hymn at a "Focus on the Family" chapel service, and received a standing ovation. Struck by the response to the hymn and the power of the lyrics, they decided to explore a new side of their musical talents and released a CD of remakes of classic hymns titled Hymns.[3]

The group was nominated for a 2006 Grammy award in the Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album category for their album Hymns.

In June 2006, the group announced that they would disband after the release of their greatest hits album titled The Hits.

Awards

Year Award-giving body Award
2003 Dove Awards Urban Album of the Year for "This Is Your Life", shared with Souljahz for "The Fault Is History"
Urban Song of the Year for "Meditate" from "This is Your Life"

Discography

Albums

''Out of Eden: The Hits''

  • Released: 2006

''Hymns''

  • Released: 2005

''Love, Peace & Happiness''

  • Released: 2004
  • Chart position: #20 - Top Heatseekers (2004)

''This Is Your Life''

  • Released: 2002
  • Chart position: #178 - The Billboard 200 (2002)

''No Turning Back''

  • Released: 1999

''More Than You Know''

  • Released: 1996

''Lovin' the Day''

  • Released: 1994

References

  1. ^ Out Of Eden Biography on Yahoo! Music
  2. ^ Out of Eden | View the Music Artists Biography Online | VH1.com
  3. ^ Out of Eden - Music

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