On, Thursday, June 22nd, all roads lead to Brown Missionary Baptist Church in South Haven, MS for the second live recording by Gospel music’s reigning princess, Jekalyn Carr. Carr presented her forthcoming album, entitled One Nation Under God, before a VIP crowd of industry executives, radio announcers, fellow artists, and clergy.
Carr stood boldly and confidently as she shared the songs that God has birthed in her, through her, and for her to share with the world. Those in attendance are already proclaiming that this will be her most successful and impactful release yet, after witnessing, first hand, the power of God that became manifest in the church.
Gospel television royalty and recording artist Dr. Bobby Jones summed it up by saying that Carr is “…an amazing gift!” Jones went on to say that hers was one of the best live recordings that he has attended in quite a while. Also in attendance were other industry elite such as Phil Thornton, Sr. Vice President and General Manager of Verity Records-RCA Inspirational, Gina Miller, Vice President and General Manager of eOne Entertainment, Jackie Patillo, President and Executive Director of the Gospel Music Association, and Eboni Funderburk, President of EFG Promotions. Each of these industry professionals, along with supporters from all around, stood in amazement as they witnessed God move so mightily and effectively through Carr.
There were also a large contingency of radio announcers, also referred to as Gospel’s gate keepers, present for this once in a lifetime live event. Most have watched Carr grow up right before their very eyes – and on their airwaves – since her earliest recordings. They are no strangers to the anointing that she carries, yet were still blown away at the tremendous growth, poise, and maturity that she displayed.
The recording was hosted by Tracy Bethea, of WHAL Hallelujah FM, and attended by other media luminaries such as Sherry Mackey and Dre Monie, also from WHAL, James Chambers, Linda Covington, Dora McKinney, Walter Hunter, Leanna Davis, Bobbie Thompson, and Cleveland Bradfield, all from WLOK 1340 AM, Reggie Baker (WPZZ Praise 104.1 FM in Richmond, VA), Billy St. James, along with his lovely wife, Gloria (KPZK Praise 102.5 FM in Little Rock, AR), Ron Thompson (WPRS Praise 104.1 FM in DC), Sonya Blakey (WGRB 1390 AM in Memphis, TN), Marlon Martin (The Sheridan Gospel Network – SGN The Light), and J. Michael Francois (WXOK Heaven 1460 AM in Baton Rouge, LA).
One Nation Under God is poised to become another mighty movement of God for His people. As Carr is maturing and walking into womanhood, she is growing into an even greater anointing and boldness that is needed for such a time as this. She hasn’t just written and recorded songs to sing. She has answered the call from the Lord to unify the body of Christ all around the world, and has surrendered her sound and her ministry to be the soundtrack and vessel that He uses to do it.
One Nation Under God will be available later this year on Lunjeal Music Group.