Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight #30
Singing since he was seven years old, E. Daniels is a modern, passionate worshiper. His band consists of three female and one male backing vocalist, guitar, synthetic keyboards, grounding piano, and percussion. Daniels create music built around classic hymns, and can be found on his personal time at the piano worshipping God.
A Delaware County native, E Daniels has been honored by the NAACP with an ACT-SO Award. He has collaborated with many contemporary, classical and gospel artist, and has opened for many gospel greats including Fred Hammond and Martha Munizzi.
Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight #29
Russell Delegation is known for their fusion of gospel and hip hop music, and for the energetic vibe they bring on stage. A 30 voiced high spirited group out of Wilmington, Philadelphia and Baltimore, the Russell Delegation has been ministering for over 2 decades.
They are an outreach ministry of the Simpson United Methodist Church, and were named in honor of Rev. Dr. William E. Russell. Founded by Theodore “Bobby” Jones Sr. and the late Naomi E. Ross Smith, the Russell Delegation has appeared on major gospel concerts and venues throughout the country. They have shared the stages with many gospel greats from Kirk Franklin to the Canton Spirituals.
Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight #28
A versatile, accomplished pianist and organist, Darryl Alexander is also a composer, producer, songwriter, artist and musician. He attended many schools in Georgia and Alabama, and played for a variety of artist.
Darryl Alexander’s project “Praise Your Pain Away is a testimony of how he overcame struggles and death of loved ones in his life, while helping others to do the same. His musical credits include the Bobby Jones Show, and a host of churches and choirs along the east coast. He has performed for television and movies, and his music can be heard locally and all over the world.
Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight #27
Elder Darryl Henry is not only a producer, songwriter, musician, and singer, he is also the Founder and CEO of Rhema Records and Endless Melodies Publishing Productions. In addition to his solo project, he has produced for local artist like the late mother Patricia Henry and Darryl Henry and Judah. Henry has recorded with Steven Ford, the Williams Brothers, John Howard Caravan, and the Metropolitan Male Ensemble, and has shared the stage with many gospel artists from Mister Clean White and the late Rev. James Moore to the Tri-State Mass Choir and BeBe Winans.
Elder Darryl Henry is also a published author, and has his track “The Jesus Song” leased by a soap opera on pay per view called “Cream”, where he is one of the main characters featuring his music.
Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight #26
Tracy Shy began singing at age 2 ½ at her grandfather’s church, and formed her own group at age 13, called Tracy and the Melodies. The group, consisting of 3 back-up singers, traveled every weekend across the East Coast singing the songs Tracy wrote and arranged, and appearing on radio and television. In 1984, she joined Rev Ernest Davis Jr.’s Wilmington Chester Mass Choir where she was lead singer and recorded on several albums.
Shy’s first tour outside the United States was a background singer for Tramaine Hawkins in 1989. She has received numerous awards and citations, and is an honorary member of the Tri State Gospel Music Association. Tracy Shy served as a member of the Johnny Thompson Singers, performed in a variety of stage plays, and has shared the stage with many great gospel artists from James Cleveland to Kirk Franklin.
Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight #25
Reverend Franklin “Bubby” Fann is a native of New Jersey and a gifted singer, minister and songwriter. Bubby Fann has written over 250 compositions including hit songs like “Jesus Saves” and “Sanctuary”. His love for gospel music was nurtured at his father’s church at a young age where he served as church drummer, later church organist, and finally as minister. He has ministered around the world as musical director including playing before the late Pope John Paul at the Vatican in Rome.
Bubby Fann founded his group Praise Beyond, formally known as Unlimited Praise in 2001, and has received a nomination for Best Contemporary Group/Choir at the GMWA Excellence Awards. In 2003, He received a preliminary nomination for a stellar award for Song of the Year for “Judah Prayze” and launched a production company, BF Sounds Music Group, distributed through Best Buy stores nationwide. Bubby Fann has produced many artists including his own group’s projects, from Bishop Charles Lyles to Tamyya J.
Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight #24
Daughter of the legendary gospel artist Barbara Ward Farmer, Benita Farmer is an inspiring voice of urban and Christian contemporary Gospel music. She was recognized as New Jersey’s Top Independent Female Vocalist in 2003 and 2004 and as one of Ebony Magazine’s Best New Artists in Black music.
Farmer’s group New Journey is composed of talented and anointed minstrels, preacher kids, and praise and worship leaders. Showcasing the group’s diversity, their sound merges contemporary Christian, gospel, rock, and R&B and Latin music. Along with mega-churches and stadiums, they go to minister in prisons, colleges, the streets or wherever God’s people are in need.
Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight #23
A multi-faceted Philadelphia native, Steven Ford is a Music Consultant, award winning Record Producer, Internationally respected Musician, Lecturer and Teacher. Ford began his undergraduate studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, and studied piano with many acclaimed musicians. Completing his education in Music Composition at Eastern University, he received his Doctorate Laureate in Sacred Music from the Pentecostal Bible College of Tuskegee, AL.
Steven Ford has taught many symposiums and workshops on bible study, music ministry, and the music industry. He is CEO of the S. Ford Music Productions, S. Ford Music Publishers and co-owner of Sparkle Sound Studios. He was appointed head musician at his father’s church at age 9. This launched his career as a studio musician performing on many recordings, television, radio ads, and films; then later as a writer, arranger and musical director, and producer. He has received many awards and contributed to over 85 projects for artists ranging from T D Jakes to Ford Memorial’s Anointed Voices.
Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight #22
The New Faith Singers were formed in 1991 out of the ministry of The New Faith Non-Denominational House of Prayer Church. In the beginning, Elder Gwendolyn Green was inspired to write songs that were sung by the Children’s Choir of the Trinitarian Apostolic Faith Church. As time passed, singers joined together to form the group and later recorded many of those inspired songs.
Upon reaching the masses with songs of praise, The New Faith Singers have received reports of healing, deliverance, comfort, and dedication of souls to Christ through their ministry of song.
Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight # 21
The late Gabriel Hardeman formed the Gabriel Hardeman Delegation in 1973. The group signed to Savoy Records where they recorded hits like “Feels Like Fire”, and also won a Grammy Award nomination.
Over the years Gabriel Hardeman has collaborated with the Sharon Baptist Church Choir, the Wilmington Chester Mass Choir, the Philadelphia Mass Choir, Edwin Hawkins, and the Gospel Music Workshop of America Choir. Known as a singer and songwriter, he also arranged songs and sang background. His last project “To the Chief Musician” was nominated for a Stellar Award in 2001. The group continues to minister locally and abroad.