Gabriel Hardeman, celebrated singer/songwriter and founder of the Gabriel Hardeman Delegation passed away on Saturday, June 16th in Philadelphia, PA.
Chicago Radio played a huge part in the early success of Gabriel Hardeman. According to his biography, the Gabriel Hardeman Delegation’s self-titled 1979 LP languished until the LP track “Feels Like Fire” began receiving airplay in 1982 on Chicago radio station WGCI-FM’s Sunday morning gospel/inspirational music program, which mixed traditional and contemporary gospel music as well as message songs. Other gospel music radio programs followed suit and the year-old LP became a hit. The album would go on to be nominated for a Grammy.
Gabriel along with his wife Annette wrote “Love Under New Management,” a hit for Chicagoan Miki Howard, which parked at number two R&B for two weeks in early 1990. It was included on the 1989 Atlantic LP Miki Howard, reissued on CD