Category Archives: Artist Profile

Meet Madelyn Berry

One of the sweetest sounds to God’s ear is the sound of worship.  Worship Leader Madelyn Berry understands that and has no problem giving God all He’s due.  Berry, a powerhouse vocalist, has clearly been gifted with the ability to bring God’s people into His presence.  The recording artist has had the opportunity to sing with Darwin Hobbs and Jonathan Nelson, and open up for Canton Jones, Richard Smallwood, Judy Jacobs and Smokie Norful.

Seen on the Trinity Broadcast Network’s Praise The Lord, BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel and featured on Jawn Murray’s compilation CD, Untapped, Gospel singer Madelyn Berry has been making noise in the Gospel music industry for a while now.  She’s known for her energetic and pulse-pounding praise and worship song, “You Deserve All Praise.  Now she’s making her voice even louder with her  new  CD  called Release The Sound, a live project including guest appearances by Martha Munizzi, Darwin Hobbs, LaRue Howard and Trent Cory.

Let’s get to know Madelyn Berry

 

What age did you start singing? – I have been singing all my life, entertaining my family during family gatherings. But when I was eleven years old, I sang my first solo at Payne.
When did you know you wanted to sing professionally? -  I was inspired to become an artist after attending my first Shirley Caesar concert at the age of 8
What is the name of the new CD? – I titled my latest project Release The Sound. It was inspired by a message series preached by my late pastor Dr. Zachary Tims
What is your favorite song and why? – “Freedom Today” is my favorite song off the record. It is an easy-to-learn, prophetic declaration about walking in freedom in every area of your life.
Who Inspires You? – Ce Ce Winans is one of my biggest inspirations. I have always admired her unique voice and her ability to connect with a lyric. Also, she walks in such grace and humility. I would love to meet her one day!
What advice would you give an up and coming artist? – I would encourage up-and-coming artists to stay true to their calling, and never doubt the gifts that God has placed inside of them
What has been the hardest lesson you’ve learned in the music business? – The hardest lesson I had to learn in this industry is that ministry and business should always remain separate. The main goal is always to touch lives and spread the gospel of Jesus, but it is also important that you handle the business aspect properly. In a nutshell, don’t allow people to take advantage of you.

 

How can we learn more about you? – www.madelynberry.org

Twitter : @madelynbberry

Facebook: Facebook/OfficialMadelynBBerry

YouTube:YouTube/Madelynbberry

Instagram: madelynberry

 

Meet Deanna Ransom

None of us escapes this life unscathed. But some of us are allowed to go through the intense fire of tribulation, ultimately coming out with a song on our lips. Deanna Ransom not only has come out of the flames singing, but the song she sings is stronger and more powerful than any she could sing before the inferno. The gospel recording artist is not only an incredibly gifted vocalist, but she’s a woman on a mission to spread the love of God through song. The 2010 Black Essence Award Female Gospel Artist Nominee fuses popular genres like soul, jazz and R&B with gospel presenting a medley of inspiration with a unique flair that’s all her own. Her new project, a TOC Records release, I Hear You, is filled with heavenly melodies sung from a woman with a deep passion for God. Ransom knows how to elegantly and intricately weave her beautiful soprano vocals around almost any tune and her CD is clear evidence of her vocal prowess.

Let’s get to know Deanna Ransom.

Listen to the full radio interview here.

Current residence: Wilmington, DE
Church Home: Sword of the Spirit Ministries

BAM: How old were you when you began singing?

Deanna: 5 years old

BAM: How old were you when you wanted to be a singer?

Deanna: 10 Years old

BAM: What is your new CD about?

Deanna: It’s a collaboration and portrait of my life. From pain and tragedy to rejoicing and triumph through Christ; it is a picture of endurance into transformation and new life.

BAM: What is your favorite song & why?

Deanna: I Am Healed. It is my anthem and declaration over my life and those who hear it.

BAM: How can we learn more about Deanna?

Deanna: The Discover Deanna Ransom Video series on both YouTube and the website http://www.deannaransom.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DeannaRansom1 and talking with Deanna on Twitter at @DeannaRansom.

Meet Alex Holt & Free Worship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On August 23 the world will know what the Hampton Roads area has been experiencing for years.

Alex Holt & Free Worship will release their debut album. We  stand in expectation for what God is doing in the lives of these young people on fire for the Lord. Join them for their release concert on August 20th at Freedom Fellowship in Virginia Beach. Click here for details.

Alex is extremely busy  promoting his new CD. He recently  took some time to answer a few questions for Breathe Again Magazine.

Let’s get to know Alex Holt & Free Worship.

Age : 24

Residence: Chesapeake, Virginia

Church Home: Saints Community Church of God In Christ

BAM: What age did you start to sing?

AH: 17

BAM: Tell me about the CD?

AH: The Album is called SING LOUD, I love the title because when I think of something that is loud it demands attention. We are pushing all of the attention to Jesus with this album and that will always be my desire. SING LOUD is a compilation of songs that God allowed me to pen through successes, failures, hurt, and a desire to grow closer to him. I wrote most of the songs on this album with the intentions of them to be sung by anyone. God blessed with a group of amazing singers and musicians that were able to help take each song to the next level with harmonies, riffs, and chords that really amazed me. This record is for any and everybody, if your a seasoned saint, a new christian, or even on the edge deciding if you want to give your whole life. It will touch your heart and make you want to give all you have to the one who created you, which will make you want to tell the world of his love by SINGing LOUD!

 

BAM: What’s your favorite song on the CD?

AH: My favorite song right now is track #10 its a song we did with Stellar Nominee Travis Greene called Yeah x3. It has a Beach Boys meets Earth, Wind, and Fire type of feel. It talks about everything the Lord is to us, and when you don’t have any words to describe your excitement we just say YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!

BAM: Tell me about the group?

AH: The group Free Worship are young people God connected me to who shared the same tenacity and fire for God. The singers consist of: Tamarra Wilkes, Wendy Levie, Lauren Green, Tierra Wilkes, Phillip “PJ” Green, Desmond Harrison, Zachary Brunson (Keys), A.J. Knight (Bass), Chris Jernigan (MD AND Drums/Percussion). I love these guys because they share my heart and vision for world wide ministry and our kingdom assignment which is touching youth and young adults lives to give everything they have to God now. No one in the group is over 25 years old and I know that God has us together for a reason, we are changing the world!!

BAM: How did you get started?

AH: Actually by accident! I was a freshman at Hampton University (  20 yrs old ) and God put on my heart to do a youth conference for the youth at my church. So I put together a youth praise team which consisted of friends, I had my first two songs written so with nervousness I presented it to them. It went over really well, over 500 young people came to my first real conference. They were touched by the songs that we ministered and from that point I knew this is what I wanted to do. I asked my friends if they wanted to join with me in this calling and the rest is history.
BAM: Who are you trying to reach?

AH: Youth and young adults to age 30. I believe that this generation will prepare the world for the second coming of Christ and it is our assignment to build this age group to have a relationship with Jesus Christ so that they can spread that love to the world.

BAM: With so many sounds and artists out there, what makes Alex Holt & Free Worship different?

AH: The thing that I know makes us really different is our unique sound and anointing, I really believe that it is the thing that changes the hearts. People will come to me after concerts and tell us when we were ministering, they would just cry because they felt the presence of God when we lifted our voice. Words like that I don’t take for granted because it’s by God’s grace that he has given us a uniqueness through a genuine relationship with him.

BAM: How can they purchase the album ?

AH: On Aug 23, 2011 the album will be available everywhere digitally and in Christian bookstores.

BAM: How can the world learn more about Alex Holt & Free Worship ?

AH: You can find us all over the web and also check us out every 2nd Sunday at 1906 Campostella Rd, Chesapeake Va  23324 for a youth and young adult experience called RENEWAL. This was launched in order to offer our demographic more than just music. We experience God in the most unique ways at these services, We have Relevant teaching by amazing ministers, special guest musical artist, and area youth groups come with us to experience the unique presence of God where we are all Renewed.

You can find us at Twitter – @alexandfw,  Youtube, reverberation, Facebook, Myspace, and you can get to all of these links by visiting our website www.alexholtandfreeworship.com