GMAP Artist Spotlight Roster

Rev. Rodney McFarland, Jr. is a native of Monroe, Louisiana, born in 1989. In December of 2005, he began echoing the message of Christ as a teenage preacher. His passion for preaching and singing took root at the Greater Free Gift Missionary Baptist Church of Monroe, Louisiana under his father, Bishop Rodney McFarland, Sr. He is a 2009 graduate of Southern University at Shreveport, Louisiana with an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Funeral Service Administration. In his 13 years in ministry, Rev. McFarland has been privileged to share his ministry on the local, state, and national levels.
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Brian and Teresa Saxton are a husband and wife duo who combines their love of each other with the love of God to create a love of music. They are contemporary gospel musicians and songwriters. Brian and Teresa's musical journey began by singing in church and school choirs at an early age.  From there, they both became worship leaders at their church. 
Brian and Teresa met in 2003 while they were in high school. Three years later, the two married in January of 2006. Their love for God and music ignited a passion in each of them to spread the good news about God's grace and mercy to the world through song. Although they are separately known and admired for their beautiful voices and unique styles, together God has anointed them to impact the lives of many. Their life, their lyrics, and their songs are an obedient response to the call of God and to his will. 
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Born in Ville Platte, Louisiana but hails from Beaumont, Texas, Nikki Berry began her musical journey in Beaumont Texas, giving everything she had unto God.
It was there that she developed her musical talents and interests at the Pleasant Green Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor James C. Franklin. She began leading songs at a very young age, and with the coaching of director Bonnie Wilridge, her voice began to evolve into something special.
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Pastor Jason L. Hendrickson was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He is the third of five children born to Lawrence Hendrickson Sr. and Willie Lee Lindsay. He is an elder, singer, musician, songwriter, producer, and a published author. Pastor Hendrickson grew up in the church and joined the music department at the early age of five. This is where he began to pursue his destiny, and his love for music. Pastor Hendrickson is one of the most exciting and powerful gifts in the kingdom.

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For almost 2 decades, Cedric Ballard has operated in the Levitical anointing, leading congregations both great and small to experience the presence of the Lord through authentic worship. In the area of ministry, Cedric has served as praise and worship leader, choral director, and minister of music for several of Houston’s most notable and progressive churches. 
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Andre’ DuBose was born in Boston Massachusetts to the Late Pastor Rev. Willie DuBose Jr.  and Rev. Olivia J. DuBose.  A young man and the Son of a Pastor, Boston’s very own New Hope Baptist Church for over 30 years. 

Andre’s family as a whole has been blessed with many Preachers, Teachers, Singers and Musicians.  He started his music career at an early age, learning to play Drums, Piano and Guitar self taught, and absorbed his magnificent vocal abilities from his Mother and Father, who had been singing and preaching for all of his life

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MR JAY McGEEJay McGee was raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina in a family whose home was filled with the Gospel music of that time. So, it is no wonder that he is comfortable writing and performing in most genres of Gospel music. Now living in Flint, Michigan, he has recorded and released 4 previous Gospel CD’s. However, his latest, “A Body of Work”, promises to be the one to make him a household name in the Gospel industry. The leadoff single, “Healing In Order (Let It Flow)”, is receiving great response right out of the box. 
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Music has the power to transport us to another time and place. INGRID JOHNSON loves to harness that power with a broad audience of fellow music lovers and passionate musicians alike. Ever since a young age, INGRID JOHNSON has found great joy and satisfaction by being involved in the creative music process. Ingrid truly is blessed with a golden voice anointed by God.
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Zack, as he is called by his family and friends, began to play the organ and piano at age 15. He was then placed in classes where he learn how to read music. It did not take long for his family to realize that he was given the gift of music by God.

The family’s faith was tried and tested. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina displaced Zack and his family. Times were hard but his faith grew stronger. At that time, he realized what the songwriter meant when he wrote, “Because He Lives.” Zack realized that it was God who had the final say because He held tomorrow. Through this adversity, Zack wrote several songs, “Lord, We Say Thank You” and “I Realize.” He realized his purpose is to win souls for Christ throughout the nation with music.

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Tiffany "Miz Tiffany" Coleman-McGee has been coined a "triple threat in entertainment." Tiffany is Mississippi's first multi-award-winning Urban Gospel Rap Artist.  Her trendsetting work has broken traditions within the four walls of the church as well as introduced a unique multi-cultural and ethnic style of music and ministry to urban and hip hop communities. Her single and video entitled "I Ain’t Preaching to the Choir” were Grammy-considered for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. She has received over twenty-two awards across the United States for her work in music, acting, modeling, and motivational speaking.  
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A young girl with a huge sound bellowing over the airwaves in church and community choirs starting at the tender age of five. Iva’s booming voice is a outward reflection of her heart and love to encourage others through the word of God.
Iva’s anointing precedes her sound consuming any atmosphere she’s in. Different is how she would describe herself. This difference has brought on a whole new sound to the Christian community. The unique yet powerful Psalmist has penned her as the Queen of neo-soul gospel. A frequency that grabs the attention of both young and old.

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MINISTER RANDY MILLER & NEW PRAISEMin. Randy Miller and New Praise started this journey 2 years ago, with a group of young ladies that wanted to share with the world their love for gospel music. This group has been featured on many gospel programs such as anniversaries, benefit programs and other gospel programs. The group has wrote many songs together, such as “Thank you Lord for bringing me through,” Oh Lord I just wanna thank you,” and “Hold On.” Each year the Lord does mighty moves throughout the group showing that he’s stay able to do exceedingly, abundantly. Our motto is: “There’s nothing to hard that my God can not solve.”
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Shariffa Nyan takes praise and worship beyond the pulpit and choir, and infuses it into everyday life. This songstress makes music to cruise to, dance to and groove to without once skimping on its message. 

Inspired by the likes of artists that range from CeCe Winans to Bob Marley, Shariffa Nyan aims to create music that crosses not just cultural, but religious, socio-economic, and racial barriers. Shariffa Nyan stays busy performing, interviewing and actively working in her community through outreach and volunteer work. She has wowed crowds singing the National Anthem for the Seattle Mariners and performing at various community festivals as well as concerts and fundraisers.

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David Hurst is a Singer, Musician, Songwriter, Producer and Minister. Before all of that he was a funny kid who danced and sang for fun. 
Hurst started singing and playing the piano guided by his teacher Mrs. Jerry Ruck as a teenager in Peoria, Il. His talent and anointing, unbeknownst to him at the time, began to grow and manifest; the Hammond B3 organ became his love. 
During high school he and Jumaane Hendricks started the Manuel Afro Club Gospel Inspirational Choir (MAGIC), performing and ministering at community organizations and school events. Later, Hurst joined with his uncle Tim Russell and  they started the Central Illinois Mass Choir to record and travel across the country. 
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Derrian G. Brown Gospel Recording Artist born and raised in Williston Fl, Grew up singing in church choirs family choirs also in community choirs.He gave his life over to Christ at a very young age.He has a passion for singing and serving God, and a strong desire to let God use him in writing music. God has birth him with a talent to write music and a ear to produce the sound of music!He debut his first EP "Only The Beginning"(A Worship Experience) on September 30th 2016. Since then he has released singles such as “Unconditional” & New Highly Anticipated Single “So Amazing” from upcoming new project which will be releasing at a later date. 
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SOUNDS OF ZION

Sounds of Zion is a praise worship ensemble of musicians and vocalists who provide a complete worship service experience based in the sounds of traditional and contemporary gospel music. This ensemble is comprised of the finest musicians and vocalists in the country, who have shared the stage with nationally known artists. Sounds Of Zion will provide a scripture based complete worship service, from invocation to benediction, rejoicing in the gospel experience. Sounds Of Zion can revive a congregation by offering an inspirational musical alternative. Sounds of Zion works with many of the fine musicians associated with Darryl Armistead Entertainment, and ensemble size can be tailored to meet your specific needs. 

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Melvin Griffin
Melvin Griffin, singer, songwriter, and worshiper is the epitome of God’s greatness in the earth.  This prolific man of God has astounded audiences worldwide with his inspirational music.  Melvin’s humble beginnings have led to tremendous success in his relationship with God and music.
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Durand Gist
The silky smooth vocals of songwriter, producer and guitarist Durand Gist, illuminates as an 'intimate worshipper' who gleaned as a genuine P.K. from an early childhood of church treasures. Durand transcended to a realm of performing and playing guitar with cover bands in the San Francisco Bay. Instinctively, Durand ventured to Los Angeles and adjoined with Motown/MoJazz Records' Artist Relations team. Durand admitted, "I enjoyed pursing my Hollywood dreams, but God 'humbly' returned a brotha to his church roots."
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Artist, songwriter, producer and owner of iwrite Life publishing.Keumie is no stranger to music as she has been singing since she was a little girl. Her authentic and loving personality comes out through her performances. She captivates her audience with her smile and personable connection. She is able to crossover to multiple genres of music due to her creative and diverse writing technique. Her latest single, “Beautiful Girl” is simply a testament of how Keumie enjoys encouraging, uplifting, inspiring, & influencing others through her music. 
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Pastor Danny Hudson is a passionate and skilled praise and worship leader, teacher, motivational speaker and singer/songwriter who devotes his life to glorifying our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ both in word and in deed.  In 2014, Pastor Hudson founded Calvary Worship Center in Newnan, Georgia for worshipers and followers of Jesus Christ in his community to have a place of acceptance, encouragement, healing and inspiration.  Winning his first talent show at the age of 10, would be the springboard for a lifelong love of music and writing.
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Danielle (Dani) Williams, an amazing singer, and songwriter from Newton, TX. 
Dani has been singing since childhood., At the age of 18, Dani attended Prairie A&M University to study voice
She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Music. Dani is currently working on her first EP which is being produced by her husband, Michael (Taxi) Williams. Dani continues to share her God-given gift by singing songs of Praise & Worship to Glorify His Name – Jesus the Christ.
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MINISTER LEE RICE
Lee Rice is an ordained minister. He accepted Christ at 7 years old.  He is a Mississippian and the youngest of seven children. He answered the call of ministry from God in 2004.  He has truly been on the move for the Lord, Spreading the Gospel of Jesus the Christ through his gospel music.  He is one who loves the Lord and doing his best because God gave us Heaven’s Best – Jesus the Christ.
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Adriann Lewis-Freeman is the eldest daughter of Pastor Luciose Lewis Jr. and Kayron Lewis of Saginaw, MI.  She has three siblings, Keith Jenkins, Aundrea Lewis and Ay’Ron Lewis.  Adriann sang her first solo at three years of age, standing on a wooden box at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church (Saginaw, MI) where her mother was the musician, and her father was a deacon.  At twelve years of age, while resting under a piano in a recording studio, Adriann knew that her career would be in singing after hearing her voice replayed from speakers on her first recording, “His the Greatest Friend of All,” with Saginaw Valley Choir under the direction of the late Rev. Jerry Redeemer and her mother, Kayron Lewis.

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As one of the most anointed soloists in the Washington, D. C. area, Vonnie has been a well kept secret but is fastly becoming known throughout the metropolitan area, and London, England. It has been said that her singing brings tears to your eyes and touches the very depth of your soul. Regardless of age or musical preference, no one is left untouched after experiencing her ministry. With the anointing of God upon her, she is able to meet you where you are, and lift your spirit through her music. As a vessel of God and through her life experiences she has touched the hearts of many and have given them hope to continue on with God.
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      National Gospel Recording Artist, Musican, Songwriter, Vocal Arranger, Minister of Music
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Introducing “I Made It” by new gospel recording artist, Mike Oliver, out of Chicago, IL.

Mike Oliver wrote this song to encourage people to look at the things they’ve overcome and give God praise for bringing them through. His combination of traditional Sunday Gospel and Contemporary uptempo praise and worship are refreshing.

Mike’s musical journey began by singing in church and school choirs at an early age. He is passionate about music and studied at Lincoln University in Missouri where he was selected to sing back-up on Grammy Award Winner Nelly’s song “Heart of a Champion” He also was the lead singer for an R&B and Gospel cover band with multi-state performances. For the past several years his craft has been perfected as a praise and worship leader for Stella Award Winner Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago where he’s recorded vocals on several of those albums.

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