If you turn down the volume of your television while watching Tye Tribbett perform, it would be hard to distinguish him from today’s popular R&B and hip-hop stars.
Well, no one in his ensemble dresses or dances proactively, but they can hold their own with their unique style of praise, worship and entertainment that is especially evidenced on his fifth album, Greater Than, released this week.
As he prepped for the live concert recording dates for the album, he spoke to Yahoo! Music about his evolution, touching on some of the trials and triumphs he faced along the way.
Tribbett explains why it took him two years to decide to cut off his trademark braids, why he does not regret speaking openly about his infidelity, and how overcoming his trials prompted him to title his latest album Greater Than.
Tribbett says that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s invitation to perform at the 2008 BET Awards played a significant role in increasing his exposure, and he expressed gratitude to Faith Hill and Don Henley, who hired his choir early on in his career.
Even with his success, Tribbett admitted that things don’t always come easy. He recalls the time a minister took offense to his choir’s lively, dance-oriented show and literally pushed them off of the stage. He also talked about some of the challenges he faced when he left Sony Music after releasing his 2010 album Fresh.