Butler and the J’s to release One Day

One Day - Jerry Butler & the Blu-J'sComing March 10 is One Day, a new all-Gospel project from Jerry Butler and The Blu-J’s.

The album is a mix of new and classic material, some of it suggested by fans who Jerry says have been after him for some time to put together. Many tracks will be familiar to Blu-J’s fans from their live show, and to folks who follow the genre.

Jerry tells us that

“An all-Gospel CD with my own band is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I feel like Gospel is an important part of the music I perform; it’s feel-good music, as well as my way of giving thanks and praise to God for a talent that I have been given.

I am into my fourth year now with the Blu-J’s, and with the band remaining the same now a second year, I felt it was also time to answer the question we are frequently asked at our CD table: ‘do you have something with just Gospel on it? And with these guys here?’

So you might call this a fan requested CD.”

Jerry Butler and The Blu-J'sThe Blu-J’s are Derek Vaden on banjo, Lee Chapman on bass, and Barron Rogers on mandolin. Jerry plays guitar and sings the lead, with all the members contributing to the trio and quartet vocals.

As a sneak peek, Butler sent along a pair of audio samples, along with a few words about the songs.

“One Day was sent to me by Ray Edwards who felt like it was suited for me. He had a hand in writing it and as he put it, the last verse says it all: One day your life down here on earth is coming to an end, your home will be in heaven if you are born again… if you don’t know Jesus losing your eternal soul is one heartbeat away.”


“Cabin In Gloryland and Who’ll Sing For Me are two songs that Derek does some fingerpicking on the guitar. I love that style of playing, and he does it well. They are fun songs to perform live.”

A full track listing follows:

One DayAnother Mile

With Jesus Help

Beyond The Rain

When My Time Comes To Go

Mother’s Silent Prayer

Cabin In GlorylandI’ve Got More To Go To Heaven For

Satan’s Gotta Get Along Without Me

Who’ll Sing For Me

Who Do You Think

A Beautiful Life

Pre-orders can be placed now on the band’s web site.


Special thanks to Richard Thompson for his assistance in completing this article.

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