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Dorinda Clark-Cole is an incredible anointed gift to ministry Tags: dorinda clark cole anointed gift ministry true worshippers word life production feature blog

She has been called “the Rose of Gospel,” “the church girl,” and “evangelist” but more than anything else, three time Grammy award winner Dorinda Clark Cole is a fired up sister for Christ and one of the most gifted vocalists in the music world today.

Her Story

The second from the youngest of The Clark Sisters, Dorinda attributes her fiery, convicting singing style to her mother, Dr. Mattie Moss-Clark, who saw the gift of singing and preaching in her at an early age. Back in the 1960’s and 70’s, when other children their age were playing outside, Dorinda and her sisters had to work on their now famous familial harmonies.  She says, “We made a lot of sacrifices.  My mom was a stickler for making sure we rehearsed before we went out to perform.  If we had an engagement on a Saturday or Sunday, during the week she would call us in and say, ‘Hey ya’ll I need you to come in here and rehearse.’ That’s when mom started really putting the discipline in us.  She would say, ‘Karen, I want you to take that microphone and sing this note…and now Dorinda, I want you to talk a little bit.’ When Karen the youngest turned five we started recording. She saw the gifts and talents within us and started shaping and molding us.  She taught us discipline along with how to use our gifts. We still have those gifts today.  It was all in preparation for what we do today as recording artists, writers and producers.” The gift of talking that Dorinda’s mother saw in her as a little girl has evolved into a phenomenal preaching ministry that goes hand in hand with her singing ministry. “I can’t get around the both of them; I can’t leave the stage without saying something…and even when I preach, I can’t leave without singing a line of something,” she laughs.Today this gift has made room for her to serve in ministry to God's glory, while juggling her life as a wife, mother of two; Nikkia and Greg Jr. and grandmother of one DJ.


Dorinda has been evangelizing and juggling hundreds of speaking engagements annually for over twenty years, along with her singing career and being a wife and mother. She ministers nationally as well as internationally in countries such as England, Japan, Germany, France, Korea and South Africa. She made history in South Africa, having been the first woman to minister in the pulpit to over 4,000 people. Dr. Cole has followed in her mother's footstep by having several leadership roles in the International Church of God in Christ. She currently serves as Assistant to the Elect Lady of the Evangelism Department of the Church. She is also member and administrator at the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Bishop J. Drew Sheard.

And to add to that, she is the new host of TCT Network’s Dorinda Show, co-host of TCT’s Celebrate on the Road, former Stellar Awards host, guest judge on Verizon's "How Sweet The Sound" national televised competition, the former spokes model for Donna Vinci Clothing and her “Rose Collection” is now distributed by Terra Mina Fashions. She has since partnered with MR. SONG, an immaculate fashion designer of Detroit, in creating The Bloom Collection, a couture collection of hat adorning accessories. She is also the Founder and CEO of Lifeline Productions Inc., which holds an annual Singers & Musicians Conference. In September 2004 she received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Mt. Carmel Theological Seminary of Fresno, CA.


In June 2002 Dorinda released her self-titled album Dorinda Clark- Cole on Gospo Centric Records/Zomba Label Group. This was followed in August 2005 by her sophomore album The Rose of Gospel on Gospo Centric Records/Zomba Label Group. The album debuted in Billboard’s Top 5 and garnered a Grammy Nomination for the Best Traditional Soul Gospel album & won 2007 and 2009 Stellar Award for the “Best Female Artist of The Year”. Her third project Take It Back was released in April 2008 on Gospo Centric Records/ Zomba Label Group. Her latest release, an EP Album titled In the Face of Change, included BAMM, which was a “Verizon Select”. In early spring of 2009,  Dorinda received the honor of performing Nothing but the Truth for the Sojourner Truth unveiling on Capitol Hill for 1st Lady Michelle Obama and other officials. Dorinda's solo career  continues to progress with a newly established deal with Light Records in 2010.

As a member of the world renowned Clark Sisters, Dr. Cole won three Grammys in 2008. Live - One Last Time won the Best Traditional Gospel Album. Its album track "Blessed & Highly Favored" won the Best Gospel Performance as well as the individual Best Gospel Song. With the group she appeared nationally on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, ABC's "The View", Bobby Jones Gospel, Lift Every Voice, Gospel Superfest, TBN’s Praise the Lord, The Stellar Award and The Lady of Soul Awards.


However, she hasn’t always been at such a joyous place in her life. Dorinda was once a wounded soul who contemplated suicide and now testifies about that very trying time in her life. She recounts, “At that time my mother was not with me to help me get through that rough time. We were always dependent on our mom because she was always there… I didn’t understand why it was happening to me…It was very devastating.  And it caused me to go into a state of depression…I just couldn’t take it anymore and I got into my car and I began to drive to the river.  I was about to drive my car off the bridge. And while I was right there…the enemy was speaking to me, so I had a war going on. I began to drive and accelerate up to 80 miles per hour. God spoke to me just as plain as day and said, ‘Dorinda, are you going to let everything that has been invested in you go down the drain?’ And when I heard God’s voice, I began to take my foot off the accelerator and the car started coasting right to the bridge.  And the Lord whispered to me and said, ‘Peace be unto you.’  And that’s when I grabbed the steering wheel and I said, Lord I thank you. I began to weep and cry.  So if it had not been for God keeping me, right then I would have been doomed and consumed. I want it to reach those who are strung out on drugs.  I want them to be able to hand it over to other drug abusers and say listen to it and have it bless their lives.”

Source: Official Website: http://www.dorindaclarkcole.net/dorinda.html

Anointed, anointed, anointed man of God is all I can say about Pastor Marvin Sapp Tags: anointed god pastor marvin sapp true worshippers word life production feature blog

The title HERE I AM for gospel star Marvin Sapp’s eighth and latest album is more than a little ironic when one considers that “Never Would Have Made It” from his 2007 release Thirsty has been among the most ubiquitous gospel songs of the last three years - let alone all time. The mega-selling “Never Would Have Made It” held down the #1 slot at Gospel radio for almost a full year; topped the Urban AC chart (the first to do so since Yolanda Adams’ “Open My Heart”); was a top selling ringtone and ringback, and propelled Thirsty to the top of the gospel charts for 27 weeks. So no one has had any problem finding Marvin Sapp since the ascent of that uplifting anthem. The singing preacher has been spreading his message with pride, reverence and triumph.

How does an artist go about following up such a monumental success? Marvin Sapp’s answer is simple. “If it's not broken, don't fix it," he states. “I have the same musicians, the same singers and even recorded at the same venue. Why did I do everything the same – because I wanted to produce the same anointing.”

HERE I AM was recorded live on October 16, 2009, in Marvin’s home city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The recording took place at Resurrection Life Church, a multi-million dollar, state of the art facility that seats up to 5,000. The project - produced by progressive Contemporary Christian music chameleon Aaron Lindsey with vocal direction from the incomparable Myron Butler - crackles with live instrumentation, the energy of the audience, and the soul stirring grace of Marvin’s voice and verses. What Marvin and company have come up with is an album of vintage Marvin Sapp – songs of reassurance, praise and guidance – along with a couple of new musical twists.

“The title track, ‘Here I Am,’ speaks to me as an individual and the things I've endured over the last three years since Thirsty,” Marvin explains. “I'm still standing, even under the waves of pressure and difficulties - from sickness in my wife's life to the more general challenges of my own life.”

The CD’s first single, "Best in Me," covers a theme that is very familiar in Marvin’s work and is even returned to throughout HERE I AM – that all are worthy in God’s eyes if you seek Him. “It's for anybody that's ever been told ‘you'll never be anything’ or anyone who acknowledges that they have made a mistake in life,” Marvin shares. “They need to understand that no matter how far you have fallen, God can pick you up wherever you are, dust you off and put you on a street called Straight. He sees the best in you when everyone else sees the worst.”

Along with the title track and first single, two other songs from the center portion of the concert form a powerful quadrant of reassurance that is the heart of the album. Those other two songs are “He Has His Hands On You” and “Don’t Count Me Out.”

“‘He Has His Hands on You’ is a song of encouragement, letting people know that what they face as individuals is all part of God's master plan,” Marvin continues. “It was written by Stan Jones - a phenomenal singer/writer/producer. I'm glad I took a chance with this young writer knowing that what he had to share would be a blessing to many. When I first heard the song, I dove at the opportunity to do it because it speaks to so many people. Many times they feel like giving up because they don't understand the process of God. Just knowing they are part of his plan can keep them encouraged.”

“‘Don't Count Me Out’ is my testimony…actually inspired by the life of David,” Marvin explains of the Biblical man that he has come to relate to and write about throughout his career. “It never ceases to amaze me that man is always judging you on your outside when God is looking at your heart. A lot of church folk write people off when they’re down, but God specializes in taking misfits and making masterpieces out of them.”

Marvin drops an up-out-your-seat praise jam titled “Fresh Wind” that is as irresistible as it is righteously funky and infectious. “On that one I went back to my good brother Jonathan Dunn - one of the most prolific singers and musicians of our time,” Marvin states. “‘Fresh Wind’ speaks of how people need to experience an individual revival...by tapping into the Holy Spirit. Some folks think that once they've experienced the will of God one time that's all they need. The truth is that our daily prayer ought to be for God to send a fresh wind on a consistent basis – that we may be replenished in spirit and function the way that He is calling us to function. This song is just some old-fashioned Pentecostal Church!

Most revolutionary of all is the rock-infused anthem “Praise You Forever” – a musical first for Sapp. “I wanted to stretch out and do something totally different,” Marvin confesses. “It's where we are as a musical society - crossing from gospel to AC. I took a flying leap into another genre believing it would be a positive, edgy challenge for me to try.”

Marvin Sapp was introduced to the gospel community by Fred Hammond as a six year member of the vocal group Commissioned. "I am a preacher - called by God - who happens to sing," is the way he defines his ministry - which was given its official blessing upon his receiving of the Doctor of Divinity Degree from Aenon Bible College and the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Friends International Christian University. Sapp’s previous releases as a solo artist are the self-titled Marvin Sapp (his solo debut for Word Records – 1996); Grace & Mercy: Live (1997); Nothing Else Matters (1999); I Believe (his 2002 Verity debut); Diary of a Psalmist (2003); Be Exalted (2005) and Thirsty (2007).

When he isn’t spreading the word of God through over 200 preaching and speaking engagements a year, Sapp ministers at The Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, where he is senior pastor. By 2012, he hopes to have built a 1,500 seat sanctuary connecting to “FLC.” His ultimate goal: to encourage Believers to elevate their level of worship and praise. And he starts at home with his wife of 18 years, MaLinda and their three children Marvin II, Mikaila and Madisson.

Musing on the pressure of following up the success of that instant classic song, Marvin concludes, “The mind blowing thing about Thirsty is that I put it out without expectation. There was no way to predict that ‘Never Would Have Made It’ would have the impact that it had. I sequenced it as track #11 out of 12…and part of a medley on top of that!

With HERE I AM, I’m just trying to keep the message as clear and concise as possible. Honestly, I’m a little worried about how it will be received…but I did my very best. After that, you let God to do the rest.”

Source: Official Website http://marvinsapp.com/marvin-sapp-music/biodiscography/

Fred Hammond is an anointed praise and worshipper who’s changed the lives of millions through his Psalms Tags: fred hammond psalms anointed true worshipper word life production feature

For three amazing decades, singer/songwriter/producer/musician Fred Hammond has been a Gospel music arbiter, consistently pushing the genre into to new melodic territory. The Detroit native ascended from bass-playing sideman for The Winans; to founding member of the trend-setting sextet Commissioned; to creating the further renowned ensemble Radical for Christ, to becoming a highly influential solo artist and producer in his own right. Unforgettable songs such as “Blessed;” “No Weapon; “King of Glory;” “Celebrate (He Lives);” “Let the Praise Begin” and more have lifted the spirits of millions both cross-culturally and cross-generationally. His 1998 release Pages of Life: Chapters 1 & 2 is a double platinum-seller and his award wins over the years have recognized his excellence in all areas upfront (Best Male Vocalist, Best Album and Best Song) as well as behind the scenes (for songwriting and producing). He is a multiple Stellar and Dove Award winner and his last CD, Free to Worship (2006), netted him his first Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album. His new CD, LOVE UNSTOPPABLE, finds Fred in a powerfully persuasive mode.

From traditional gospel to funk, acoustic rock and even a cappella pieces, Fred Hammond’s new 15-song set pulls from a sprawling musical palette to mold his musical messages. “I just knew this album was going to have love somewhere in the title,” he states. “My spirit is in a love place again…like two albums ago when I released Somethin’ ‘Bout Love. At first I thought the title was going to be The Love Event. Then I encountered a friend who was trying to encourage me through a tough time. She came by The Warehouse, saw the challenges I was facing and told me, ‘When a man has a dream, he is unstoppable.” That was a powerful statement. It led me to reflect on how God’s love for us all is unstoppable. Right then, I knew I had my title.”

LOVE UNSTOPPABLE is filled with many remarkable moments, including the opening “Prelude” which features his son reciting a heartfelt prayer and his daughter singing beautifully, closely following in her fathers footsteps. This leads into the galvanizing opening number “Awesome God” which is certain to light the fire of praise under any audience. “I’ve been studying my audiences,” Hammond shares, “and they love simple hooks that they can sing along to. ‘Awesome God’ is a lot like my song ‘Glory to Glory’ with the joyful repetition in the chorus. We just have folks shouting out, ‘God-God-God-God!” Similarly, the hand-clappin’, high energy first single, “They That Wait,” is a dizzyingly melodic and marvelous song of faith team-up with gospel great John P. Kee. Fred has been test performing this number prior to the album release to great response. Hammond programmed the more traditional “Find No Fault” early in the sequence (track #4) to assure fans that though he is eclectic in his musicality, he still has a deep appreciation for the foundation on which it all began. “Sometimes, people expect gospel to be gospel,” he shares. “I like writing new songs that feel like something you’ve been singing all your life.

Back in the day, one thing the old saints would say is ‘Through it all I find no fault in him.’ They were paraphrasing Pilate from Jesus’ trial when he said, ‘I find no fault in this just man.’” But Hammond could not resist slipping in a little Caribbean twist at the end – a revisionist through and through. The universal Fred Hammond vibe prevails in the acoustic feel good “Nobody Like You” and especially the wrap-around warmth of “Best Thing That Ever Happened,” sure to be a fan favorite. Then there is the balmy Brazilian feel of “Thoughts of Love” on which Hammond seems to channel his inner Cassandra Wilson (the sultry jazz singer). “I could easily do a whole Latin album based on how I feel about that music,” Fred confesses. “That song is a tribute to all my Latin brothers and sisters – all live instrumentation like Santana or something. Down the line I plan to even record something in Spanish.”

On a more soulful note is the deep backbeat R&B groove of “Take My Hand,” a song that has a fittingly strong back story. “When you have a public life, you often find that you have to keep up a strong front even when you’re going through a hard time. My pastor’s family was recently going through an issue and I’ve never seen his wife so broken... That same week, one of my best friends lost her grandfather, who was like a father to her. She’s usually reserved but I saw her broken, too. So I wrote ‘Take My Hand’ for them. I’d just been in that seat when my Mom passed a year and a half ago. Sometimes you don’t have the strength for a whole lot of praise and worship. You just have enough to say, ‘Lord, take my hand and walk with me on this one.’ One thing is certain, every year there will be loss, trials and issues. This song says, ‘Lord, I’m at my lowest point. If you don’t pull me through, I’m not going to make it.’”

LOVE UNSTOPPABLE boasts several more profoundly introspective selections, one of which dates back 20 years ago: the a cappella interlude “I Need You Right Away.” “I wrote that in 1989, a time when I didn’t have any money but a wife and child to care for. Our house was raggedy and I had made some bad business decisions. I was standing in my kitchen one day and what you hear on ‘I Need You Right Away’ just poured out of me. But The Lord would not let me put that song out until now. I kept thinking I was going to ‘finish’ the song, but it wouldn’t happen. This year, God said, ‘Just put that what you sang that day out. It is perfect as it is.’ So now it’s an interlude that leads into ‘Best Thing That Ever Happened.’” Deepest of all of Fred Hammond’s latest offerings is the confessional “Lost in You Again,” a song that proves even someone with as much praise and love to share as Mr. Hammond still questions the fervor of his faith. “’Lost in You Again’ is probably the most special song of the album – my personal testimony of the last ten years of my life. My musicians Calvin and Philip sent me some tracks and I gravitated to this mid-tempo track. The music grabbed me and I immediately started writing it. Some songs take hours. This one just flew out. I didn’t even have a pen. I just grabbed my iPhone, went to the memo page and started singing into it.

I sang about how we as Christians are always searching and the how stuff we find isn’t always the stuff we want. ‘I found all the heartache, the pain, the drama and the shame / My search won’t end until I’m lost in you again.’” “Sometimes we get really cynical after life has done a job on us,” Hammond continues. “While I was writing that song, one of my life-long friends came to hang out with me for the weekend – and the song came to life during this visit. After sitting and talking and catching up on all the years gone by, we went to church. He had on some clothes he probably wore the last time I saw him 20 years ago, but just as pressed and clean as can be. He got in church and when the word of God started, he got so enthralled that he jumped out in the middle aisle and ran across the church like he’d been going there for years! Even though he has had major life issue challenges, he’s always had an energetic love for God. It brought tears to my eyes, because it’s so easy to let life’s issues wear you down to where it affects your worship. I know that after great losses and very difficult periods in my life, sometimes it feels like my own energy has been beaten out of me.

Without even knowing it, my friend made me realize how much I want that kind of expressive worship back. The other person who always had great fervor for God was Pop Winans – from when I was with the group into his old age, he never changed. So ‘Lost in You Again,’ is really saying that I sure could use some of what he’s got. I think we all can.” Closing his powerful latest masterwork with the gentle pair of “Thank You” and “Lord How I Love You,” followed by the big funk of the party time closer “You Make Me Happy,” Fred Hammond covers the full spectrum of emotions God-fearing folks are experiencing at this critical time in history. “It is my hope that these songs touch people, because I know many who are hurting and confused. Along with the big songs, I wanted much of this album to have to have an intimate, introspective look. I think people truly need that energy right now.”

Source: http://www.myplay.com/artists/fred-hammond/bio

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