Determined Deliver High Praise with ‘The Man I Am’

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Napoleon Gilbert and Bruce Osby’s New Album’s Out Now

Houston, Texas – April 17, 2019 – Napoleon Gilbert and Bruce Osby are the dynamic duo that makes Determined what it is. The pair have a combined history of over 60 years in the gospel music genre. Both anointed men of God met in the early ‘80s through their love and commitment to quartet singing. Today they’re still going strong with the release of their debut, The Man I Am, out now.

Released in the fall of 2018, The Man I Am is available on all major digital platforms. It is a compilation of nine songs set with music and lyrics that will touch the hearts and souls of men, women, and children from all walks of life. There is a consistent message that flows through all the songs that believers and non-believers can relate to and it transcends across all genres of music. The well-produced work of art was recorded with the intent of bringing inspiration and encouragement to listeners. The hope and possibilities that are clearly on display will uplift anyone that listens. This project is a must for the music lover and the lovers of life and all its nuances.

The men of Determined were mentored by the late Frank Thomas who was affectionately known as “Mr. Boochie.” Their paths would cross regularly at local singing events and anniversaries in various churches from Louisiana to Texas. It was in the summer of 1988 that Bruce decided to form his own quartet group alongside Napoleon. Napoleon was a very humble and well-rounded singer who had been singing since the age of 12 heavily influenced by his father who was a well-known local singer as well. He was just the voice that was needed to complete the group. This union formed the group known as “The Concert Supremes.” Together they recorded several projects the first of which was in 1989 in Chicago Illinois produced by the late Major Roberson of the world famous Pilgrim Jubilees. Their album entitled Don’t Stop put the group on many stages throughout the ArklaTex.

After singing together for over 10 years the group members began going in different directions, Bruce relocated to Washington State and after over 14 years Bruce would once again relocate back to the south to reside in Houston, Texas which led to the reunion between he and Napoleon. The collaboration was also reignited, that reunion was the catalyst for the single “Going to Church” released in the summer of 2017. With that song being a hit in the Gospel market they got to work on their debut, The Man I Am.

The Man I Am is available now. Those interested in reviewing the album, featuring it or any of the music on their playlists, or interviewing Determined for their site or podcast, can reach out via the information provided below.


Determined is a contemporary gospel duo made up of Napoleon Gilbert and Bruce Osby whose debut album, The Man I Am is out now.

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