For The Lord
and Steppin, For The Lord (FTL) Kevin Alexander, Harold Demart, Phillip
Grant, and Claude Reed and the FTL Band are a group that has marched into their
season. They were selected by the Houston Chapter of the Texas Gospel
Announcer's Guild as the Best New Artist of 2001 and also received the Texas
Music Excellence Award for Best Male Group in Texas for 2001. In 2002, FTL
received the Best Male Group and Best Male Album of the Year. The first project
"Mene Mene Tekel" (FTL), combined traditional gospel cords and melodies infused
with both urban, contemporary, and rhythm & bluses music. However, the
traditional condition of the quartet is the solid Gospel foundation, which has
brought them to their current level of success. Their second project "Keep On
Pressin" is making an impact, it is indeed something to be excited about. FTL's
music elicits the kind of response that is reminiscent of that drawn by the
even-popular Motown sound, which even today continues to be a musical mainstay
and barrier breaker.
current project "My Life is in His Hands" is a powerful and spirit-filled sound
that touches the heart and soul of its hearers. FTL has shared the stage with
many of today's top gospel recording artists. Among them are the incomparable
Queen of Gospel, Shirley Caesar, the dynamic, William Brothers; Keith "Wonder
Boy Johnson"; John P. Kee; Lee William &The Spiritual QCs; The Canton Spiritual;
Darrell McFadden& The Disciples; Jonathan Slocomb; also Christian television
host and recording artist, Beau Williams. They have also performed at the world-
renowned NASA-Johnson Center in Houston, Texas and at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell
Pavilion, Woodlands, Texas, where they co-sponsored a Prayer Vigil Concert in
the wake of the 911 tragedy. Their latest accomplishment is sharing a stage with
Chester T. Baldwin and to record for the television show "The Word" with Dr.
Bobby Jones. FTL has touched many diverse audiences. Their goal is to continue
to minister in Excellence. FTL is experiencing phenomenal blessings...and they
wish to share them with you. Listen and buy at
gospel pop music’s new crowned Princess, is an anointed singer, songwriter,
actress and recording artist. She relies on truth and writes from her own
remarkable life experiences. Every musical testimony is a page torn from her
diary. She composes songs that speak to the perseverance of the human spirit by
transforming her wounds into a source of strength.
In 2002, Raishein became a covenant partner and music minister with Faith World
in Orlando, Florida. Through God’s direction, she obediently relocated with her
family to Houston, Texas in 2004 and joined Trinity Fellowship Church, where she
is currently one of the praise and worship leaders.
Raishein feels that ministry by music is one of the most powerful tools that is
used today to reach a generation that is looking for fulfillment in this world.
She uses her talents prophetically to reach the world with God's message of
love, grace and hope in spite of trials and tribulations. She believes strongly
in teaching this generation how to rid themselves of religious mind-sets and
develop a serious relationship with Jesus Christ. She uses her unique voice,
love for people and heart after God to inspire others to realize that in spite
of your past, you can make it with Jesus.
With the completion of the adroit album titled “Believe”, Raishein has
delivered an impressive, powerful, and moving debut. As the album unfolds,
Raishein leads audiences deeper into her world, walking them through a place of
worship through her experiences and emotions. The CD reveals that if you
“Believe” in Jesus, He “can” make a way out of no way.
Get ready for the Release and Debut CD from Raishein, “Believe” on 2-10-2009
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Minister James Willis
Minister James A. Willis, Jr. is currently serving as Minister
of music at the Prospect Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, OK. as well as an
Associate Minister, He is dedicated to the Art of Gospel Music, he has been
singing for over 35 years and has traveled across this country spreading the
good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through song, most of all he is man of
God who loves the Lord, and has dedicated his life to Ministering through the
music that God has given him to reach his people, to share the music that will
encourage and glorify God.
We believe when James Allen Willis was born on October 9th 1957, in Oklahoma
City Okla., the presiding angel asked the lord, "Lord, what shall you want that
is special for this child?" and the Lord responded, " For this child shall grow
to have one of the most unique & powerful anointed voices, that whenever he
sings his voice will fill the air, all shall know that this is a gift that only
I could have given."
James started singing as a child. Family members recognized he had a God given
gift. But it was while performing in a 5th & 6th grade talent contests that
someone in the audience also recognized this child had a gift. After the
production was over, the person approached James's mother and suggested she keep
him singing. James's mother followed the advice of the stranger, and he began
singing in the church youth choirs. He also played the drums, the violin and
cello, at age 8 years old. He was first chair in the school orchestra, as he was
also gifted to play the saxophone and guitar. He played in bands and wrote songs
at the age of 11 years old. He sang his own material that the Lord had placed
inside of his heart. He was encouraged to keep writing and singing, and he has
been writing and singing for the Lord every since that day.
Through the years James has sang in over 150 weddings and funerals when called
upon, and sang with several local area choirs. His first major opportunity came
when he joined the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA). James was the
featured soloist on the GMWA Mass Choir Album in 1993. He also sang on 3 albums
with Grammy award winning writer Mr. Stan Lee of Los Angeles California. He was
in the company of Gospel greats such as Thomas Whitfield, Daryl Coley, Vanessa
Bell Armstrong, Albertina Walker, Donald Vail's, Charles Fold, James Cleveland
the founder of GMWA Workshop of America.
James has had the opportunity to fellowship in ministry opening up in Concert
with many nationally known gospel recording artists, including Yolanda Adams,
John P. Kee, Shirley Caesar, Vickie Winans, Beverly Crawford, Edwin Hawkins,
BeBe & CeCe Winan's, Fred Hammond, Commissioned, and many others.
In 1991 the Lord ordered James's next steps by calling him into the ministry of
the Preached word, and he preached his first sermon only two weeks later at the
Simultaneous Revival in Oklahoma City, OK. The Lord also filled him with the
burning desire and tireless dedication that it would take to fulfill His order.
James knew he would have to go out on his own. He began to write and develop the
songs. By placing songs upon his heart and mind these songs compile the works of
his first project entitled, God Can Do It, with his group Assurance in 1996 and
now for his first solo debut CD, entitled, "Come Unto Me''.
James carefully chose and employed the talents of some of Oklahoma's most gifted
artist Myra Beasley, Min. Renee Wilson, Tiffany Rodgers Brown, Cynthia Ladd
Smith, Minister Sam Myles, Toye Linley, Jyntel Carter, Phyliss Gray, Telisha
Miles, Shelia Fugett, Evelyn Morgan, Orinthal Wondick, Kara Blackwell, Cameron
Battle, Delon Ellis, Paul Morgan( Washington D.C) Rod Vester (Memphis Tennessee)
Phillip Bates, & Fred Smith, keyboards and music director; L.G. Hamilton, drums
programming; Alvin Quinn(ST. Louis MO., bass; and Wayne Murray of (Oklahoma
City, Okla.) Rocky lead guitar. These individuals all from James' supporting
Since completing the CD, James has performed at many events such as the St. John
Missionary Baptist Church Men's Conference, KTLV Radio Ten Best Dressed Women Of
Oklahoma, Praise in the Park with Beverly Crawford, and have 10 upcoming events
scheduled for the next few months on his agenda.
His CD is being played on radio stations across the country Heaven 97, Gospel
James has also been featured on numerous radio interviews. James' hard and
dedicated work for the Lord continues to open many doors for him. James
continues to follow the plan the Lord has worked out for him and he has no doubt
that God will do exactly what He said. He is commissioned to spread the Gospel
of Jesus Christ and compel the unsaved to seek Him.
James and his group work hard at spreading God's messages to the masses through
his songs. One of James' favorite verses, Psalm 146:2, reads "I will praise the
Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live." (NIV) In
James's own words, "As long as God keeps filling these pipes, I am going to
sing." We encourage you to experience "The powerful message in the ministry and
A native Houstonian and a strong woman of
God, has come to touch many hearts with her splendid soulful expressions of her
deep love for gospel music. With a silent demeanor of various rhythms, melodic
lyrics and high-spirited nature, she continues to capture a wide variety of
gospel music lovers all across the country and steadily moving all over the
world. Dr. Theola Booker has composed, arranged and co-produced “I’m An Heir”
and “God’s Been Good” recorded by the Greater St. Matthew Mass Choir. Her latest
CD Project, Theola Booker and Friends with the Greater St. Matthew Choir, has
critics proclaiming that this CD is simply “outstanding, awesome, dynamic,
anointed and soul stirring. This is Theola’s best work yet.” To her credit; she
has made the 2008 Grammy’s ballot for “Traditional Gospel with guest,” composed
and arranged music for the late Reverend James Cleveland, founder of the Gospel
Music Workshop Of America, Inc. and has had musical affiliations with renowned
recording artists such as, Margaret Douroux, V. Michael McKay, Albertina Walker,
LeAnne Faine and Dorothy Norwood to name a few. Dr. Booker is a graduate of
Texas Southern University and Lacrosse University, receiving her Bachelor’s,
Master’s and PhD of Art in Music Education with emphasis on piano. She is the
First Lady and Minister of Music of the Greater St. Matthew Church (“The Saint,
one church with two locations”) where her husband and Senior Pastor Dr. Gusta
Booker is shepherd. She is the mother of three children and four grandchildren.
Other achievements include: Assistant Chapter Representative for the Houston
Chapter of the GMWA, served as Department Coordinator at Burris Elementary Fine
Arts Program, Former Faculty Member at the University of Houston Music
Department and Board Member and Director of Music for Houston’s based Inspire
Women, Inc. The blend of all her talents, the love for people and the art of
gospel music inspires us to know that this is why God has blessed us with such a
lovely flower and awesome gift, as Dr. Theola Booker.