Rico L. Dawson, native of Goldsboro, North Carolina, completed his high school education at Goldsboro High School in 1986. After completing active duty with the United States Army in 1991 he enrolled in Elizabeth City State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Industry Studies with a concentration in Music Business Administration in 1995. It was during his military years that Rico’s musical journey began. In 1987, while serving in the U.S. Army, Rico became a member of the amateur R&B group, “Finesse.” At this time, he wrote the single, “To Be With You.” During his college years at ECSU, he performed with the group, “Next Episode.” At this time he wrote “A Lonely Night: and co-wrote, “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine.” The latter was recorded by “Next Episode” for ECSU’s CD compilation project “Check the Resume: Vol. 1.” After the breakup of the group in 1995, he worked as an intern for Intersection Records, an independent record label. While there, he wrote and recorded the demo interlude, “Don’t Look No Further.” When the record company unexpectedly closed, he returned to North Carolina.

Upon returning to the Carolinas, Rico began working with a local producer, Lee Tate. This collaboration birthed the songs “Promises” and “Come Back to Me” in 1997. In October 1998, he participated in a music seminar sponsored by WNAA-FM radio station. In December of that year, he showcased his demo for the Philadelphia Music Conference in Philadelphia, PA. After taking a year away from the music scene, he returned in the spring of 2000 to collaborate on a local compilation CD “Goldsboro 27530.” On that CD he wrote and recorded three songs, “All I Want to Do,” “Do You Wanna Dance,” and “Turn Away.” These three songs were well received on the underground circuit. In 2001, he co-wrote and sang background on the single “Take Our Time” on Richard Ashe’s debut independent CD, “Anticipation.” The single received good feedback in the Durham, NC area. During that time, Rico began to teach music education in the Wayne County Public Schools. He wrote, produced, and arranged numerous original music selections for several schools from 2001 – 2004. n the summer of 2004, Rico gave his life to Christ, thus putting him on a different path, musically. He no longer produced music for man’s glory, but for God’s glory. He began to put together gospel music selections and with God’s help, he produced numerous contemporary gospel music selections. In 2006, Rico wrote and produced his debut contemporary gospel CD, “It’s Time.” Due to lack financial resources Rico was unable to get the project commercially ready. Once again Rico took time away from music to establish a stronger relationship with Christ. During that time of the wilderness, Rico continued to write songs, but he didn’t record anything again until 2008. Rico pursued possibilities of becoming an established songwriter. Although he received some interest, the interest didn’t materialize into any legitimate offers. Once again Rico has written, produced, and recorded several God-inspired songs. Rico’s desire that through his music that the body of Christ is edified, God be glorified, and the un-believer is inspired to repent and turn to the Lord. He is currently working on additional musical selections as well as having served in the capacity of choral director at Rocky Mount High School during 2011-2012 school year. His original composition “Dreams The Impossible Dream” was also performed by the school chorus in the past year’s Christmas concert. He has been working various musical selections of various genres. He currently is a choir director at Charles B. Aycock as well. He is in process of putting the finishing touches on his debut CD titled “Suppose To Be”. The project will consist of ten God-inspired songs that he hopes will inspire God’s people.


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.”

Please Visit: www.vocalfreda.com for more information

Who is Recording Artist and Book Author Monique Jefferson?

When I was young, I had several people in my life tell me I would be nothing. They thought because of my size, style, circumstance, and complexion that I would be a statistic. I am glad I didn’t listen to them. My uncle Jade taught me to use what God gave me and it would make room for me to see and go placed others couldn’t imagine. God gave me the gift of poetry and music. He helped me to see intelligence is true beauty. My Mom always told me “If I didn’t say it about you, it is not true. You are different for a purpose. Use it to help others.” She told me “it was my job to keep her well.” So I use what God gifted to touch the hearts and souls of his people. My Grandfather Sam and Uncle Ray taught me to be me and be creative and unashamed of the gifts and talents God gave me.Greatness doesn’t come from what you have tangibly. It comes from the legacy of love and life that you create and leave. In daring to be great you can’t follow the crowd. In daring to be great you have to set precedence to be more than your environment and circumstances.

We are fearfully and wonderfully made according to Psalms 139:14a. I dare to be great for those who follow me.
Over the course of my life I have had many mentors and teachers pour wisdom into and push me to do great things I thought I was not qualified to do. My Motto is Phil 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” While our timing is not God’s timing his timing is always in season

Bonita Burney Simmons the spiritual thermostat has offered a plea to and for America to offer God his due in 2020 with the heartfelt lament America Bless God. America Bless God was birthed out of the need to be transparent and forgiven by God for being selfish. As individuals, as a nation, we America have been blessed by God. So, now, it is time for us, America to Bless God! My prayer is that this song brings an awareness to the hearers that we’ve been spoiled and that more than ever it is time for us to give God what He is so deserving of praise, honor and glory.

II Chronicles 7:14 is our template and prayer to bring healing to America. When we repent, God promised to forgive our sins and heal our lands.

Bonita’s Singing Career…

At age 12, she started her own gospel singing group, a trio called “Tried by Fire.” Determined and focused, Bonita thrived in her role as band leader and demonstrated her entrepreneurial skills at a very young age. Bonita would open up for all the national recording gospel artists who came to town like Shirley Caesar, John P. Kee, Luther Barnes, The Winans, The Williams Brothers and many others. Bonita has appeared and won first place on numerous occasions at the world famous Apollo Theatre in New York City. By the time she reached high school, she was already considered a professional singer! Today, Bonita is enjoying the flexibility of being an independent recording artist. Her talent is in high demand, as she is frequently requested to sing at venues and events throughout Eastern North Carolina!

She also in July of 2017 was nominated and recognized as the winner in the Independent Gospel Artist category of Traditional Vocalist of the Year from the Radio Alliance Awards also located in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Although she’s experienced many tribulations, Bonita’s life lessons are part of her unique tapestry that enables her to relate to people who are hurting. One of her biggest accomplishments is her outreach work with those who are incarcerated, sharing God’s love through song. Indeed, Bonita has defined her own success, choosing to embrace an obedient lifestyle according to God’s will for her life and career. She simply allows God to do the navigation and depends solely on Him to direct her career path- living by her motto, “If I make the way, then I’ll have to pay the way. But if I allow HIM to make the way, he’ll pay the way!”

For more information please visit: www.BonitaBurneySimmons.com

La’Tonya Meori is a Gospel Artist from the city of Raleigh, N.C. who has a heart for God and his people. La’Tonya has been fortunate to share the stage with many legends in the industry, and is continuing to break barriers in ministry. She is now an award winning artist, founder of The Kidz Pact University Organization which helps the children in her community and is the podcast host of The Miracles Podcast.She found her passion for singing as a child, and continues to share her gift. And, recently released her chart topping hit Superman, available now on all digital outlets. LaTonya’s music will inspire and uplift everyone.

Her motivation is to see people blessed through the ministry that the Lord Jesus Christ has placed within her. She understands that He is the reason for her mission. Her life has been filled with immeasurable heights, and she has grown to learn that with God nothing is impossible. Which sparked her to write her first single “Do The Impossible”. La’Tonya has also recently released her highly anticipated E.P. this year entitled Miracles available now wherever music is sold! Stay tuned for what’s in store.Without faith it is impossible to please God, and she is a true testament to faith in Christ!

For more information, please visit: www.latonyameori.com

Born March 16, 1982, Ernest B. Gonder Jr. was raised in Deerfield Beach Florida where he is known as a skilled musician, community leader, anointed psalmist and a prolific teacher of God’s Word. It was evident at an early age that God’s call was upon Ernest’s life. At the age of 13, under the tutelage and nurturing of his parents, Dr. Barbara and Apostle Ernest Gonder Sr. (deceased), he began working as a leader in the ministry. At the age of 17, Ernest’s parents recognized that there was a call upon him to proclaim the Word of God. After accepting the call, he was licensed as a Minister in 2002. In 2008 He was ordained and affirmed to the office of Pastor.

Pastor Gonder founded and served as Senior Pastor of The Impact Center for 10 years before obeying the command of God in 2019, to expand his Ministry beyond the four walls of the church. Pastor Gonder now specializes in music ministry, mentorship, preaching, financial coaching and leadership development. Pastor Gonder has a passion to see the people of God grow spiritually and evolve in Christ. With a strong emphasis on leadership and culture change, Pastor Gonder challenges all people to take their rightful place in this earth and be who God has called them to be.

For bookings please visit: www.egondermusic.com/

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. 

For Booking and Management Info Contact:
Tonya L. Perry (731) 231-9659
3Sonzmanagement@gmail.com

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. 

For more information please visit: www.derrondawilliams.com

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I develop individuals who are Potential Seekers to Grow, Expand, Reach and Maximize their potential so they can fulfill their purpose.

It has been my pleasure to serve as a Certified Life Coach, Business Consultant, owner of 2 Home Care Businesses and the owner of CNA Business Solutions. My home care business received an award of being the best in Newport News 2019 for the service we provide in the community. As a child, I was the person who loved unconditionally, motivated and encouraged those around me.

My desire to help others blazed within me more as I got older. I discovered my purpose by pushing others daily to maximize their full potential and became very transparent with my journey wanting others to embrace hope in their journey while having the confidence that I am the coach for them.

EMAIL: potential@latoshaveney.com

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Gwendolyn Tyson, PhD, LCMHCS

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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