Byron Cage

Cage’s evolved perspec/ve on the power of praise dates back to his youth. Born in Grand Rapids, MI –  the second of three children – he was friendly with the DeBarge R&B singing family and his uncle Bishop  James Abney taught him choir conduc/ng at an early age. Cage’s father was a director of Veteran Affairs  for the State of Michigan and his mother was a trainer for Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  

  

Cage’s mother and the Motor City provided a rich musical outlet for Cage. He started playing the sax but  switched to the piano. “My mom and I were at a funeral home wai/ng for a wake to start and she was  back there talking to someone and I got up on the organ and stared playing,” he says. “She asked me  when I learned to play the organ. I said it was something I learned in school. So there was a piano in the  fellowship hall at church and I was always on that playing so my mom finally got me an upright piano  when I was 13.” He basically taught himself to play by mimicking his favorite records and learning by ear.  Cage also had a string of mentors who would become famous in their own rights such as Thomas  “Maestro” WhiTield who took Cage under his wings. “When he moved to Detroit Donald Vails was my  minister of music [at Greater Grace Temple on Seven Mile & Schaffer Streets],” Cage adds. “Fred  Hammond played bass guitar, Charles Ellis who was is now Bishop Ellis was on drums. Mitch Jones from  Commissioned was in the choir. I played the organ, directed and sang. It was a wonderful and enriching  experience for me.”  

  

With solid musical training under his belt, Cage moved to Atlanta to aYend Morehouse College and  began to assist the music departments of various ministries before launching his recording career with  AIR Records in 1994. Although, those early CDs performed well, it wasn’t un/l the new millennium that  Cage became a household name in black church circles with hits such as “The Presence of the Lord,”  “Royalty,” “Broken, But I’m Healed” and “I Will Bless the Lord.” A^er a path that has had its share of  twists and turns, Cage feels he’s where God meant for him to be. “The most rewarding thing to me, no  maYer where I go in the world, is to have people approach me and begin to talk about the songs… All  the awards on my mantle are great but those things are just trophies. What really maYers is when I leave  this earth was there anything that I did that was impacTul enough to give God the type of glory to point  people to Him? Did the songs bring hope to hopeless situa/ons? If so, then I know I’ve done what God  called me to do.” 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND DISCOGRAPHY  

  

CD ALBUMS  

2019 Isola/on  

2012 Memoirs of a Worshipper (Verity/N/A)  

2009 Faithful to Believe (Verity/#3 Top Gospel Albums)  

2007 Live at the Apollo: The Proclama/on (Gospocentric/#3 Top Gospel Albums)  2005 An Invita/on to Worship (Gospocentric/#2 Top Gospel Albums)  2003 The Prince of Praise (Gospocentric/#4 Top Gospel Albums)  2002 Byron Cage (Gospocentric#4 Top Gospel Albums)  

1996 Transparent in Your Presence (AIR Records/ #5 Top Gospel Albums)  1995 Dwell Among Us (AIR Records/ #N/A)  

  

RADIO SINGLES  

2021 I Can’t Give Up (#1 Hot Gospel Songs)  

2020 Oh How Good It Is (#9 Hot Gospel Songs)  

2012 Great And Mighty (#17 Hot Gospel Songs)  

2010 I Give You Praise (#13 Hot Gospel Songs)  

2009 Faithful to Believe (#11 Hot Gospel Songs)  

2008 Royalty (#11 Hot Gospel Songs)  

2007 With All of My Might (#12 Hot Gospel Songs)  

2007 Broken But I’m Healed (#4 HIf you missed this morning’s virtual info session, The Center of Excellence for Educator Preparation and Innovation invites you to sign up for one of our upcoming sessions!

 

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2006 I Will Bless The Lord (#1 Hot Gospel Songs)  

2005 Give Thanks (with Israel & New Breed/#24 Hot Gospel Songs)  2004 There is A Name (N/A)  

2003 The Presence of the Lord is Here (N/A)  

  

STELLAR AWARDS  

2011 Male Vocalist of the Year  

2007 Song of the Year: I Will Bless the Lord  

2004 Male Vocalist of the Year  

2004 CD of the Year: Live at New Birth Cathedral  

2004 Song of the Year: The Presence of the Lord is Here  

2004 Contemporary CD of the Year: Live at New Birth Cathedral  2004 Producer of the Year: Live at New Birth Cathedral  

  

GRAMMY NOMINATION  

2006 Gospel Album of the Year: An Invita/on to Worship  

  

SOUL TRAIN AWARD  

2004 Best Gospel Album: The Prince of Praise