Gospel Label Delayed Album Release Because God Did Not Approve

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Gospel recording label Habakkuk Music delayed payment of a $30,000 advance to singer Isaiah D. Thomas because God had not told company executives when to proceed. Thomas is now suing Habakkuk and its owner, April Washington-Essex, who reportedly informed the singer when he inquired about his advance: “I have been seeking God about the timing of your next recording. To date, God has not confirmed His approval for Habakkuk Music to participate.” Thomas says his contract states the company owed him the money once he began work on his second album.

Thomas subsequently left the label and signed with another company, Global Gospel Music Group. During promotion of Thomas’s album “I Dare You,” Habakkuk allegedly said it would file an injunction against Thomas and Global Gospel. Thomas says this move and others amounted to an attack on his reputation, and he is seeking damages as part of his lawsuit.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
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