Combining his soulful and powerful delivery of God’s message, Andre has been giving the best part of his heart through singing, playing the drums, organ and keyboard. Recently, answering the call to preach. He was born 08/15/1988 in Houston, TX to Carolyn Simmons and John franklin. Andre started his singing ministry at a young age when he and his mother moved to Texarkana, Tx before turning one years of age. Andre didn’t embrace singing and started his musical career playing the drums. Andre traveled the surrounding areas playing drums and at the age of 8 he found a new love for the keyboard and later the organ. Andre currently receive request to play for conferences, artist and preachers.
Later, Andre’s love for music and choirs encouraged him to start singing. He started singing with a group called sounds of praise and later started a group called Giedion. During that time his love for ministry thrust him into his singing career where he has opened up for many artist, such as Tonex, Marvin Sapp, Smokie Norful, Yolanda Adams, etc. Andre was sought out by the prince of Gospel, John P. Kee and has traveled with him on a few spot dates during his tour. Without naming all, Andre has been on the stage with many of the great artist who’s music plays on our radios and in our homes today. Today, Andre is a songwriter, lyric/ music arranger and a sought minstrel and psalmist. Great husband, father and friend. Andre is married to the beautiful Regina Simmons-Franklin, they share in the blending love of 5 girls and one son. His moto has been, no matter what I can’t give up, I must keep pushing, I was created for this! I may get knocked down but I can’t stay down, I must keep pushing because I was created for this! Psalms 84:1and Jeremiah 29:11 are the scriptures that help contribute to pushing him forward.
Alfreder (Freda) Gardner is a melodious vocalist hailing from New York City by way of Brooklyn and the Bronx. Although she had some health challenges in her early years, BUT GOD answered her parent’s prayers and she was able to overcome her maladies. Following the path of her mother, siblings, and aunts, Freda began using her gift of song at the tender age of 5, at The New Frontier Baptist Church – Brooklyn, New York. Her gift led her to the High School of Music and Art (Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & the Arts) where she honed and augmented her musical talents. The mantra of the city is “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere;” however, her dreams of grandeur and fame were delayed and detoured. After the loss of her biggest supporter, her earthly father, Freda veered away from the call of her heavenly father vowing to never sing gospel again. BUT GOD!
What the devil meant for your bad, God’s grace and mercy will work it out for your good…Freda became what some would say a statistic, a pregnant high school dropout… BUT GOD! Realizing the importance of education, she quickly attained her GED and full-time employment. The Lord says, I’m with you all the way for it was GOD… who delivered her from an abusive marriage and opened a door for a job opportunity in Washington, D.C. A praying and discerning aunt encouraged her to attend church and sing to GOD’s glory again. Her gift enabled her to sing on choirs, events and programs. The announcement of working on this project for those close to her was met with an “about time,” response. Freda heeded to her favorite scripture Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope – “In GOD’s Time.”
The New York based contemporary group Divine Nature has been ministering in song together for 20 years. They are a family group of all male first cousins hailing from Rochester, NY. They are super excited about what the Lord is doing for their song ministry. I’m Happy is a song co-written by each of them that expresses the fact that in the midst of everything that is currently going on in the world that we still are blessed and have so many things to be thankful for. I’m Happy serves notice to the world and reminds us that during this pandemic the Lord still has our back. Lead singer Robbie Gissendanner has a unique voice that captivates the attention of any listener.
Derronda Williams is a dynamic worshipper who believes in equipping people to see God in themselves, and to know that Jesus is the answer to everything. Growing up in the New York city area, Derronda developed a heart for outreach at a young age. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston College, and currently works as a high school counselor in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Derronda began writing music in 2014 and released her first single “I Know Who I Am” in 2019. This single is featured on her debut album God First along with her single “Alive in Me”. Derronda served as the songwriter and executive producer on this project.
Derronda has a passion to see people reach their full potential and embrace their God-given purpose. She has served the Lord in numerous ministries as a worship leader, liturgical dancer, has co-led women’s groups, and has been called to lead prayer at church services and national conferences. Within the past few years, Derronda has extensively studied and trained under pastors and apostles to gain a deeper understanding of worship and intercession; she has seen the fruits of this labor in her family and personal life. Currently, Derronda serves in leadership at her local church in the music and arts department and young adult ministries. One key scripture that Derronda seeks to live by is “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Derronda’s love for Christ drives every decision that she makes, and it is her hope that others get to experience heaven while on earth. who believes in equipping people to see God in themselves, and to know that Jesus is the answer to everything. Growing up in the New York city area, Derronda developed a heart for outreach at a young age. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston College, and currently works as a high school counselor in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Derronda began writing music in 2014 and released her first single “I Know Who I Am” in 2019. This single is featured on her debut album God First along with her single “Alive in Me”. Derronda served as the songwriter and executive producer on this project. Derronda has a passion to see people reach their full potential and embrace their God-given purpose. She has served the Lord in numerous ministries as a worship leader, liturgical dancer, has co-led women’s groups, and has been called to lead prayer at church services and national conferences. Within the past few years, Derronda has extensively studied and trained under pastors and apostles to gain a deeper understanding of worship and intercession; she has seen the fruits of this labor in her family and personal life. Currently, Derronda serves in leadership at her local church in the music and arts department and young adult ministries. One key scripture that Derronda seeks to live by is “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).Derronda’s love for Christ drives every decision that she makes, and it is her hope that others get to experience heaven while on earth.
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Voices of Fire follows Pharrell Williams’ hometown community as it builds one of the world’s most inspiring gospel choirs. Pharrell’s uncle and a well-respected musical genius in the area, Bishop Ezekiel Williams and his core team of influential gospel leaders will venture out into Hampton Roads to find undiscovered talent. With the belief that diverse backstories can give their collective voice a greater meaning, the Bishop and his team will be searching for people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds.
Miracle – one of the most talented writers of today. Miracle is like a diamond in the rough. Introducing Samuel Brown Jr. AKA Miracle. Miracle has written over hundreds of songs and is still writing. His mentors and influences would include Canton Jones, Kirk Franklin, the Winans, and Donnie McClurkin. Miracle has shared the stage with Tasha Cobbs, JJ Hairston, Canton Jones, Bishop Cortez Vaughn, Emcee Nice, and Vashon Mitchell! His songs are cutting edge with a fresh movement of Christian music; setting a new level of worship and praise. His production is clean and Miracle sets the trend. Miracle has an awesome testimony of the miracle that God has performed in his life. When doctors gave up on him the Lord God Almighty said “not so!” ”You will go forth and be a minister to my people.“ Miracle is currently on his 8th album in 16 months entitled the Box. With Hit singles such as Calibration, Somebody’s Prayin, Gods Got It, Like Christ, Boss, Shine Bright, The way, Make A Way, Heavens Rain, Jericho, Solid Ground and 2Lit, to name a few. Miracle hosts Open Mic Night and Artist Showcase monthly at Freestyle Christian Club in Birmingham Alabama. Miracle is Nominated for over 32 awards between The Rhythm of Gospel Awards Show, The Hip Hop Gospel Awards, The Voices of Gospel Awards Ceremony, S n N Indie Awards Show, The Prayze Factor Awards Show, and Alabama Awards Show for 2020. God is truly moving in this season.
Samuel Brown Jr. or Miracle’s music is available on all digital outlets. Miracle is also touring with The Love Worship Expo Tour coming to a city near you. Miracle’s unique and powerful videos are on YouTube at SamuelMiracleBrown and can also be found on his website, samuelmiraclebrown.com. Miracle has a Record label entitled Billionaire Mindz and is currently a partner with Chris Seltzer with Freestyle Event Center. He has a prison ministry, homeless ministry, and a puppet ministry.
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VGA Fest Awards Show Saturday November 21st – Gates open @ 2pm – Awards Show & Concert featuring Le’Andria Johnson, Tim Rogers, The Walls Group & More – Recognizing the best Gospel Artist in the Carolina’s in 19 Categories Honoring Gospel Trailblazer William Becton on the 25th anniversary of hit single “Be Encouraged” and his contributions to the Gospel Industry & community influencer the late great Bishop W.T. English
Only 1 ticket will be sold per car, up to 5 fans per car- masks are mandatory No Oversized Vehicles will be allowed due to limited space.
Jackson, TN – Ebony Harris presents her freshman single entitled, “Hold On!” Ebony has been singing since she was a little girl. She hails from a family of singers. As a child Ebony sang with her family group called, “The Shutes Family.” The song Hold On was written by Ebony 2 years ago while going through a storm in her life. She says the holy spirit put the words to the song in her heart and she then began to pen them down. Ebony’s prayer is that the listening audience will be encouraged through her ministry in song. Even in the current state of the world she wants everyone to know that the Lord always has a masterplan to take care of his own just HOLD ON!
Ebony Harris is a happy wife of John Harris and mother of two sons Camron and Omarion Harris. She is a member of The Parker Chapel Church family where her Pastor is Bishop Carlos Shutes. She is the CEO/Founder of In Good Hands Learning Center which has two locations in the Jackson, TN area. She is Servant, Visionary, Preacher, Mentor, Worship Leader and Songwriter. She has been an minister of Music and worship leader for over 20 years of her life. She accepted her calling at the age of 30 years old and was ordained as a Evangelist on September 15, 2019. She is dedicated to helping the community empowering women and girls around the world. She attended Bethel University where she received her Master’s degree in Business Administration. She also is a recording artist and songwriter. She recorded her first single to be Release ” HOLD ON” October 16,2020. She is a holy spirit filled Women of God with the mantle of deliverance, healing, impartation, and Prophetic anointing on her life.
Gwen is from Greenville, NC & has lived in NC for most of her life. Growing up in a single parent home with meager resources, she was motivated at an early age to be successful in life. Gwen didn’t know exactly what success meant, but she had a good idea about what it wasn’t. She became interested in learning & growing personally & professionally & she wanted to bring everyone along for the ride. She was a high achiever at work & at church, but she wanted to become a person of excellence in every area of her life. She stopped coasting & allowing life to happen to her & she started making life happen for herself & for others around her.
She earned a M.S. degree in Counselor Education from East Carolina University in 2006 & a Ph.D. in Counseling from Mississippi State University in 2015. She is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor & Supervisor in NC & has over 15 years of experience educating & empowering individuals in higher education & in private & community agencies. Her mission is to teach clients how to make decisions & cope with life’s challenges & become more intentional & proactive instead of being reactive or simply existing.
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