This newlywed shares her love story and her thoughts on transitioning from background vocalist to solo artist.
I met my husband… In 2008. We were both a part of five days of rehearsal and a live recording in Houston, Texas. We never spoke one on one nor became interested in dating each other until late 2011. Our relationship evolved naturally! Last March, Jeremiah was probably sweating bullets as he prepared to ask my father for my hand in marriage on my birthday, March 5th. After he consented, Jeremiah went ahead to ask me to marry him at one of our favorite outdoor parks here in Houston.
Our wedding day… Came quickly! We both traveled quite a bit last year with work and ministry so we planned over the phone and via the internet a lot. We drove from Texas to Georgia a few days before, “I Do,” to be married north of Atlanta in Norcross. I prayed the entire way!! I was nervous, but with each other and our family, friends there to support us, overcoming wasn’t such hard task at all. The day, the actually wedding day was very peaceful. We married outside in a circle ceremony at Flint Hill. So far, and until the day that 8x8x8 is 4 (from Stevie Wonder’s hit, “As”), our prayers are carrying us through and into many more blissful days together! I love that guy!!
My experience as a music artist is unique because… I often reference the music process to the stages of pregnancy!! I’ve never been pregnant (lol), but seriously!! I treat each lyric, each vocal session, each transition or project as like an infant (or fetus depending on the stage! lol). If it’s just me or a collective of passionate artists, I tread lightly and remain open to God to help care for what’s being created in hopes that it grows the way it was intended to grow. HaHa! Those are really my thoughts each time and I just LOVE the process. As I’ve been a part of New Breed, I may yell out, literally, my gratitude and excitement about the process during rehearsal.
And on my EP, Starting the Soundtrack… I love music and singing. I’ve realized the thing that inspires me most is the lyrical content. I love to really feel the music AS WELL AS capture the mind with meaning behind melodies. So with the EP, I wanted to make certain musically it felt great, but I also wanted to solidly yet briefly form the message I’m sending for others to be moved by; the message of Courage and Love.
What’s next… Since the April 1st release of the single, “Give A Little Love,” I’ve had opportunities to share it, and a few others from the full album, at different venues here in Houston. Over the summer, I will do a tour with great excitement as to who it will reach and how it will positively affect those who may not know God. A few of the places have open discussion right in the middle of singing. I think those moments will make great impact and tie in well with the songs.
The album is projected to be released Fall 2014. It’s actually completed already!! The process has been a slow and steady one, but I’m so happy I get to share what God has placed in my heart for others. I pray it’s well received, this music baby of mine:)
Last night as I listened to the Oscars, I found myself running into the other room when I heard someone boldly singing “His Eye is on the Sparrow”. I admit, I didn’t recognize the lady (Darlene Love) singing the song. But, I smiled because that particular song was on her heart to sing in front of millions of viewers. She used her few seconds in front of the camera to acknowledge the fact that God watches over her.
As Christians, we are to be lights shining in a world of darkness. We are to glorify God in all that we do. How are you using your platform? How will you use your few seconds of fame?
Darlene Love accepted the Oscar award for 20 Feet from Stardom – Best Documentary Feature.
Gospel recording artist Marica Chisolm tells us about her music and album, Simply Worship, and she gives advice to aspiring music artists.
I started singing when…
I was 2 years old… now was it good? Probably not. My grandparents have pictures of me singing at the age of 2, standing on a chair in church singing my heart out.
My music is…
A journey through praise and worship…from beginning to end. Heartfelt, intimate and life changing and words that come to mind… I think that my relationship with the Lord is portrayed in Simply Worship. You won’t be able to listen to it and not be moved to at least lift your hands and thank God for being who He is!
The inspiration behind Simply Worship…
I wanted to create an album that from beginning to end could be sang at church and that would encompass different facets of worship all on one cd. It was difficult to find worship material as a worship leader that had more than 2-3 good songs that I could teach to my team and I wanted to create an album that a worship leader could present as a project to their team.
I love listening to music from…
Tasha Cobbs and Darius Paulk, Lecrae, Beverly Crawford, John P. Kee and Cece Winans
If I could collaborate with a another music artist…
Israel Houghton, Lecrae or Jesus Culture. They represent 3 different genres of gospel music but have great ministries that I respect greatly and it would be an honor to work with them each!
In 2014, I am looking forward to…
I’m looking forward to EVERY adventure that is in store…the good, the bad, the ugly and the indifferent! I’m excited about touring and worshipping with the people that support the ministry. I don’t take for granted people wanting to support me and I’m thankful for every ministry opportunity! I’m so honored that Tyscot Records has partnered with me to help spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Advice I would give to an aspiring gospel artist…
Pray, read your bible, make sure that this is what you have been called to and have a great team of people that will work with you. This artist walk can be a tedious journey but with God and keeping focused you can do it!! Don’t be afraid to step out on faith and conquer your fears!
Marica’s album, Simply Worship will be in stores everywhere on 1/28/2014. Listen to her single, “Hallelujah to the King” on The PeachPost Playlist
I love a good praise song and when I am listening to “Everytime I Think” by Gavin Davis, I just want to say “Thank You, Lord”. The song reminds us of things that God has done and when you start to think about those things, you can’t help but to be thankful. It’s a nice mid-tempo song, that makes you feel good to know a God that forgives, saves and satisfies us with long life.
Listen to “Everytime I Think” on The PeachPost Playlist
(found on the left panel of the blog) or download here
1 on 1 zacardi Cortez, a little more Jesus erica Campbell, break every chain Tasha Cobbs, clean this house Isaac caree, every praise hezekiah walker, God will make a way shirley caesar, God's up to something good het Ramsey, greater is coming Jekalyn Carr, have you way deitrick haddon, here in our praise, I can only imagine tamela Mann, if he did it before tye tribbett, it's working William Murphy, live through it James fortune, our God Micah stamp key, perfect people the walls group, Sunday kinda love Israel Houghton, the gift Donald Lawrence, top gospel songs of 2013, united tenors, UNO UNO seis Andy Mineo, withholding nothing William McDowell
As this year comes to a close, let’s reflect on some of the songs that inspired us throughout the year.
- God Will Make a Way – Shirley Caesar
- God’s Up to Something Good – Hart Ramsey
- Break Every Chain – Tasha Cobbs
- It’s Working – William Murphy
- Clean this House – Isaac Carree
- Here in Our Praise – United Tenors
- Uno Uno Seis – Andy Mineo
- Greater is Coming – Jekalyn Carr
- Have Your Way – Deitrick Haddon
- A Little More Jesus – Erica Campbell
- Every Praise – Hezekiah Walker
- The Gift – Donald Lawrence
- 1 on 1 – Zacardi Cortez
- If He Did it Before – Tye Tribbett
- Perfect People – The Walls Group
- Sunday Kinda Love – Israel Houghton
- Live Through It – James Fortune
- Our God – Micah Stampley
- I Can Only Imagine – Tamela Mann
- Withholding Nothing – William McDowell
*this list is comprised of chart topping songs that were released in 2013
Linda Clark is a rising gospel artist and originally from Detroit, Michigan. With two fairly new releases, she has been working hard to promote her music. I immediately liked Linda’s version of the “The Christmas Song” and wanted to share her music with you all. Most importantly, I had the opportunity to catch up with her to see what she is up to for the holidays. Check out our interview below:
The PeachPost – What is your favorite thing about the holidays?
Linda Clark – Finishing 2013 with a bang! These are exciting times and it’s been a busy and rewarding year! With the release of my New Beginnings as well as the release of the Christmas with Linda Clark EP, I have spent my time by getting the world to know who Linda Clark is! Concerts and appearances on the East coast is where it’s been happening. I hope to spread the love even more in the year to come!
The PeachPost – Tell us more about your Christmas release
Linda Clark – I’m an old head and absolutely love Donnie Hathaway’s music. Everybody loves the feel the joy that “This Christmas” brings when played. I wanted to be a part of that. The jazzy singer in me wanted to put a spin on “Chestnuts” aka “The Christmas Song”. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t sing something referring to the true and most important reason we celebrate…Jesus, in “Oh Holy Night”.
The PeachPost – If we were spending Christmas Day with you, what would your day entail?
Linda Clark – For starters, since the children are a little older, no one should be getting up before 9am! LOL.. I’ll get up first and prepare breakfast. Once everyone is up, we’ll gather around the Christmas tree and open gifts; we told the story of Jesus and select one gift to open on Christmas eve. We take pictures, call other family members, clean up wrapping paper al while Christmas music is serenading in the background. The rest of the day is eating, watching movies, sleeping and starting all over again.
The PeachPost -What is on your wish list for Christmas?
Linda Clark – hmmm, I never tell anyone what I “want for Christmas”; BUT I may get a spa treatment, some jewelry or a designer bag.
The PeachPost -Where can we find more of your music?
Linda Clark – Website: http://www.lindaclarkmusic.com, All Social Media @lindaclarkmusic
Thanks to Linda Clark and her team for stopping by The PeachPost. Please take a moment to listen to “The Christmas Song” by Linda Clark.
christmas song with danielle brooks uzo aduba oh honey, danielle brooks and uzo aduba christmas song, danielle brooks christmas song, jolly christmas medley by danielle brooks, taystee and crazy eyes christmas song
You may recognize Danielle Brooks & Uzo Aduba from the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. Well they have teamed up with group Oh Honey to make a fun Christmas song mash up. The video is super cute and if you would like, you download the song for FREE.