The "Good News Music Movement" and I are committed to our mission: CHANGING AND SAVING LIVES THROUGH MUSIC. I am just a humble servant of God's, born and raised in Magnolia, Arkansas whose singing career was launched in the choir. Those roots have allowed me to travel around the world and now I am hoping to INSPIRE people through my personal testimonies of God’s goodness and what He’s done in my life. My new single “Grace and Love” is just that! It's a reflection of my journey coming into my BREAKTHROUGH, running towards my purpose and not away from it, and being thankful for the little things that we sometimes seem to take for granted. Since 1993, I've been running from this project and surrendering to God's will. I was given a prophetic word from Prophet Todd Hall. His words: “God said that you could have already been where you’ve dreamed of being but HE doesn’t want you to do it YOUR way, He wants you to do it His way and you are going to write a book one day telling the story of how God changed your life.” I knew what he was saying was real because that seed was already planted in my heart, but out of fear and disobedience I ran from it. When I moved to LA, I was given the same prophetic words from Pastor White, and again I ignored it and kept running. I thought because of the life that I was living, there was no way God could use me. I thought that I had to be perfect, and that I was beyond saving. So, I continued to live my life in disobedience and rebelliousness. Pastor White told me that God was going to place me "UNDER ARREST” to get my attention. I had no idea what that meant. Now, it makes sense. When I was led to Japan, this was my “solitary confinement” I was separated from my comfort zone, friends, family, culture, etc… And when my disobedience and rebelliousness drove me to the lowest point of my life, there was no where I could run and no one else I could turn to but GOD. Now, instead of running from HIM, I had to run to HIM and learn to trust him whole heartedly, and had it not been for His grace, love, and favor, I would have self-destructed.
Maybe there's someone that feels they're beyond saving or like they're at the point of no return. I want to let them know that there is no such place. As long as you have breath, you have a choice and something to be thankful for. If God can take someone like me, turn my life around, and place me on a platform to inspire others. He can use them too to do amazing things for His kingdom.
I choose to STAND OUT boldly and NOT be conformed to the box that the world may try to place me in. I am not a CROSSOVER artist… I am an artist prepared to take the CROSS over.
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