Hi Rhythm Section organist & Hodges brother, Memphis gospel- doing originals & a couple of standards... NICE!
Legendary, award-winning organist Rev. C.E.
Hodges will debut his sophomore CD, God He’s Able, in his hometown of
Germantown, TN. Hodges, a member of the late Willie Mitchell’s Hi Rhythm
Section band, has performed and/or written songs for a plethora of
artists that include Al Green, Syl Johnson, O.V. Wright, Tom Jones,
Bonnie Raitt and Toni Braxton. He has returned to the studio to produce
his latest CD, which has been described as a traditional Gospel CD with a
new school twist. The CD release event is Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at 6
p.m., at Historic New Bethel M.B. Church, located at 7786 Poplar Pike
in Germantown, TN. The public is invited to attend.
Hodges, along with his older brothers Leroy and Mabon (Teenie) were an
integral part of the Hi Rhythm Section, when Mitchell served as an
artist/songwriter/producer for the legendary Hi Records music label. The
Hodges brothers are credited with helping to create the signature Soul
sound that originated from Memphis, TN in the 60’s and 70’s. Their
younger brother, Fred (keyboards), later joined the band as well.
Recognized as one of the premier organists in
the world, Hodges has been using his talents to entertain and bless
others since he was 11 years old. The majority of his career has been
spent creating hits for others through his musicianship and songwriting.
Hi Records was home to Willie Mitchell, Al Green, Ann Peebles, Syl
Johnson, Otis Clay and many others. He and his Hi Rhythm Section band
mates created a record-setting 26 consecutive gold and platinum records.
Hodges also played for several Stax Records artists such as Johnny
Taylor, Little Milton, The Bar-Kays, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, The Box
Tops, Shirley Brown, The Soul Children, and ZZ Hill. He has even been
requested for recording sessions with the likes of Ike and Tina Turner,
Albert Collins, the Greene Brothers, Willie Cobbs, Denise LaSalle, James
Carr, Toni Braxton, Detroit Emeralds, Bonnie Raitt, Lamont Dozier and
Ten songs were written by Hodges and the CD also contains soul-stirring
renditions of the hymns “Blessed Jesus” and “Down by the Riverside.”
Evangelist Deborah Gatewood, Tiffany Mosley, Sierra Ward, Essie Street,
and Rev. Willie Cole also lent their vocals to the project.
“I’ve been blessed to play for some of the most prominent artists in the
world. I’ve stood beside them as they entertained audiences of
thousands here in the United States and across the seas,” said Hodges.
“I know what it feels like to be at the top and because of my past drug
abuse, I’ve been at the bottom. I lost everything but the Lord told me
he’d give it all back to me if I lived my life for him. I did that and
he kept his promise. Even in my 60’s people are still requesting to hear
me play. If there’s anything I’ve learned, it's God’s Able.”
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 13 July, 2011.