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virtuefearless-1-640x640 (RollingOut) – For the better part of 20 years, Virtue has been among the leaders of contemporary urban gospel.

A long list of hits, including “Get Ready,” “Greatest Part of Me,” “Follow Me” and “Put Your War Clothes On” have reaped the group numerous accolades and the admiration of scores of fans across the world. After a lengthy hiatus, the trio has returned to the music scene and signed a new recording contract with the Mixed Bag Entertainment imprint, which is headed by Stellar Award-winning hip-hop artist Da’ T.R.U.T.H. Picking up right where they left off, their latest single, “You Are,” spent eight consecutive weeks in the top 20 on Billboard BDS and MediaBase Gospel Airplay charts.

Ro recently caught up with the ladies to discuss their longevity in the ever-changing music business and their new album, Fearless.

With over 20 years at the forefront of contemporary gospel, how do you manage to stay relevant in the face of the ever-changing music scene?
We are big fans and lovers of all music, especially Gospel. So we’re constantly listening to music and then we just sing music that is in our hearts and that we connect to. Of course the world is ever evolving, but we just stay true to ourselves, and it just happens to be in style and relevant.

How did you individually spend the hiatus the group took before returning to the scene in 2014?
While we were not putting out records during our hiatus, it was difficult for us because we missed singing and being together terribly. During that time we did try and make some music a couple times, actually a lot of music, but nothing ever seemed to completely come together. Karima is a mother of a beautiful daughter named Karly. That kept her busy and she also did a solo project entitled Just Karima. It’s a wonderful project that she was able to write and co-produce herself. Karima was also recently able to go back to school and graduate from college. In addition to being a wife and mother to her handsome son, Stinger, Ebony is also a first grade teacher at a private school in Maryland and children’s choir director. And Heather is a wife, and mother of four, which keeps her very busy, and she teaches music part-time at her children’s school.

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