Be U Ministry mission is to use music and arts to encourage self-love, bridge the gap between young and old for generational healing, give back to communities in need, and spread the gospel. “Because Greater is Better” is the first official single released by Be U Ministry. This song was born from a lecture to help stress the importance of loving yourself more than stealing, skipping school, trying to fit in, or doing anything that stops you from being the best you that you can be. You can download or stream on all streaming services.
Featured artist, 14 year old Triston and 12 year old Tremel, co write, produce, sing, rap, dance and act. The talented duo started leading praise and worship in two different family churches as soon as they could talk. Today, Triston and Tremel attend The First Baptist Church of Glenarden where they serve on the #unashameddmv praise team under the leadership of Reverend Jonathan Queen and with the Chosen Generation Praise team and choir under the leadership of Reverend Stephen Hurd, Anthony Brown, Chooky Caldwell, Larry Vaughn and Minister Mike McCoy.
“A TRADITIONAL BASE GOSPEL CHOIR, WITH A CONTEMPORARY FLAIR, A FULL SOUND, LONGEVITY AND EXCELLENCE”
BEST DESCRIBES JOSEPH ROBINSON AND THE CHOSEN AGGREGATION.
The Chosen Aggregation was established on October 16, 1993 in Atlanta, Georgia; under the direction of the Late Minister Dirk B. Chaney. Since their inception, they have been a Ministry of excellence and commitment to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through music and song. The Lord called the leader and visionary of this ministry home November 17, 2002. Bro. Joseph F. Robinson, Jr. became the new Executive Director of the Ministry.
Joseph and the Choir released “BE GRATEFUL”, a cover single and tribute to the Late Pastor Walter Hawkins, on December 22, 2017. Their latest single, “BE STILL”, was released June 7, 2018 and on July 20, 2018, the choir’s 4th full-length CD project, entitled, “ANOTHER LEVEL”, was released worldwide. Under his direction; The Choir has toured the United States and Europe. They have appeared at the, Stockholm Gospelkor Festival in Stockholm, Sweden, The Gospel Music Workshop of America, The Thomas Dorsey National Convention, STELLAR Awards Weekend Celebration (Las Vegas), T.I.M.A. Artists Showcase (Las Vegas), HEZEKIAH WALKER CHOIRFEST (Atlanta and Las Vegas), The Indiana State Fair and many local and surrounding churches throughout Atlanta and the Country; Recorded their first “Live” Concert DVD * Raise The Praise 2 and their 3rd CD recording, “Eyes Have Not Seen”. At the close of 2018, Joseph Robinson and The Chosen Aggregation celebrated with a finale anniversary, commemorating 25 years of music ministry.
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
TeSchara is originally from Trumbull, CT. and is the youngest of 2 children born to Deacon James and Betti Teel. She started singing at the age of 3 in “The Starlight Choir” under the direction of Reverend Michael Cummings and the late Reverend Dr. Maxine Durham, at her home church East End Baptist Tabernacle Church. God gave her a gift to sing for Him, and a passion to Worship Him. Even at a young age, she saw how lyrics of The Word of God, coupled with melodies and instruments really drew her and others closer to God. TeSchara moved to Jacksonville, Fl. In the late 1990’s to attend Jacksonville University. Shortly after graduating, she began to attend Circle of Faith Ministries under the leadership of Pastor Joseph McRoy and Pastor Johnny Wells, where she gave her life to Christ.
Soon after receiving Christ, TeSchara began writing. She wrote many songs, but they did not go any further than her notebook, until one day God spoke to her and said, the songs that I have given you will never reach the world sitting in your notebook. She quickly took heed and began her journey to record. God is the source and the strength of TeSchara’s life, pleasing Him is always what she aims to do. She loves touching the hearts and minds of people to encourage them that if they only believe, trust and obey God’s Word, all things are possible. She loves people, and her goal is to be very instrumental in advancing The Kingdom of God with more people who are truly on fire for The Lord, and want an actual real relationship with Him, not just protocol, rules and religion.
TeSchara is currently the Psalmist for BeautyForAshes International Ministries under the leadership of Apostle Felicia Stanley. TeSchara’s favorite scripture is Matthew 6:33-34. But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right…the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Amplified) She believes that as we seek Him FIRST! And love one another unconditionally, everything else will fall in line.
Rita Jones new single called, “WE,” features melodious, romantic sounds of an intimate friendship. She invites us into our subconscious answering, are we loved, accepted, and forgiven. WE takes us on a journey through our need for intimacy and commitment found in nurtured relationships. Her lyrics expose our most vulnerable selves and reinforces the confidence we find in the omnipresence of a devoted friend. Ms. Rita delivers a raw and uncut, truth in ministry. Her passion is for the lost and unchurched. You can find her nurturing her family and church in the rural suburbs of Memphis, TN. Her voice reaches all ages, cultures, and genres. Radio announcers please click on the link below and consider adding this selection to your playlist.
Porschia is a singer/songwriter who delivers the message of the Gospel with an eclectic flare and a myriad of musical styles. Her passion for God is evident in her lyrical approaches and energetic performances. Her debut album, Introducing Porschia, was released in 2009.
She has released several singles (“Declaration”, “Instruments”, “Hero”, & “Royalty Free”)and an EP (“Rise”) since that time.
Porschia has performed on shows with Mali Music, Wess Morgan, Jessica Reedy, and Damita Haddon. In addition, she also performed a duet with internationally renowned singer/guitarist Jonathan Butler. Porschia is currently working on her next album entitled “Appointed Time”, scheduled for release in early 2021.
Porschia is also an actress and has performed in the stage play “The Resentful Brother” and the stage play “Escaping Temptations”.
Porschia is a mother of two and serves at Real Life Christian Fellowship Church in Port Wentworth, GA (near Savannah, GA) as a worship leader, minstrel, and social media director.