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The gospel trio Trin-i-tee 5:7 has won a Stellar Award and been nominated for everything from a Big Easy to Dove, Soul Train Music and Grammy awards. The group has released three No. 1 gospel recordings — Trin-i-tee 5:7 (1998), Spiritual Love (1999), and The Kiss (2002) — and its latest release, T57 (2007), has climbed to No. 2 on the gospel charts on the strength of the single "Listen." Trin-i-tee also is the first female group to climb both the gospel and R&B charts, selling more than 2.5 million records worldwide. Together, Chanelle Hayes, Angel Taylor and Adrian Anderson have found success well beyond their gospel roots. Trin-i-tee wowed a sellout crowd at the New Orleans Arena in March, delivering a flawless a capella rendition of the national anthem when the Hornets faced the Los Angeles Lakers.

'It's priceless to be able to stand in front of your hometown people," Hayes says. "We're constantly rebuilding and trying to get our lives back in order and restore ourselves, but to be able to go out and entertain and have a good time, it's so rewarding. I was soaring."

Trin-i-tee 5:7 debuted in 1988 and took its name from the scripture John 5:7, which refers to the trinity of three becoming one. The third member of the original lineup was Terri Brown, who married and left the group in 1999. Anderson was the group's makeup artist and stepped in immediately. The trio's first manager, Kenneth Grant, left in 2002 but not without bringing it to the attention of GospoCentric, the label that housed gospel crossover sensation Kirk Franklin. Sonja Norwood, mother and manager of pop singer Brandy, took over management after Grant's departure.

Franklin and R Kelly produced the group's debut album, and the follow up, Spiritual Love, boasted collaborations with Franklin and Tramaine Hawkins. Trin-i-tee currently is working with Walter Milsap, who has produced hits for Yolanda Adams, Usher and Alicia Keys, and is managed by Mathew Knowles, who directed the supernova career of daughter Beyoncé and her group, Destiny's Child. T57 is on Knowles's Spirit Rising label, which also showcases Michelle Williams' (Destiny's Child) Gospel career. The Hayes, Taylor and Anderson wrote 80 percent of the album themselves.

At Jazz Fest, Trin-i-tee will perform some unreleased songs recorded for the new album. The group also will host some special guests. Hayes has launched Beautiful Girls Inc., a club for girls ages 13 to 18. The young women will attend Trin-i-tee's Jazz Fest performance, dressed in pink.

'When you give, the return is so phenomenal," Hayes says. "I love the effect that it has on someone else when you give. Whether it's from abundance or from sacrifice, it means so much to the other person.

'There's a real feeling of how you express your life experiences through the art and through the gift that God has given you," Hayes adds. "It's very healing for me as an artist to create and then bless others."

click to enlarge Trin-i-tee 5:7 has found success with both Gospel and R&B audiences. (4:40 p.m. Saturday, April 26, AIG Gospel Tent)
  • Trin-i-tee 5:7 has found success with both Gospel and R&B audiences. (4:40 p.m. Saturday, April 26, AIG Gospel Tent)
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