When Praises Go Up Praise Verse for the Weeks #23-31

Praise Verse #23 Judges 5:3

Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers! I, even I, will sing to the Lord; I will praise the Lord, the God of Israel, in song.


Praise Verse #24 Luke 24:53

And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.


Praise Verse #25 Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!


Praise Verse #26 John 4:23

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him.


Praise Verse #27 Hebrews 13:15

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.


Praise Verse #28 Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.


Praise Verse #29 Job 21:11

They sent forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.


Praise Verse #30 Psalms 34:2

My soul shall make her boast in the Lord, the humble shall hear thereof and be glad.


Praise Verse #31 II Samuel 22:4

I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise and I am a saved from my enemies.


Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight for Week #31

Entry # 0031 Natalie Wilson

Born in Newark, NJ to parents who were gospel musically inclined, Natalie Wilson is a choral conductor, composer, producer, and gospel singer. The youngest of four children growing up in the church and around gospel music, she joined the Sounds of Praise choir at age six. At her father’s request Wilson became director of Sounds of Praise, (SOP) Chorale after the death of her brother Glenn Simmons. Wilson was one of the first women to lead a gospel choir that signed to a major recording label.

The career of Natalie Wilson’s husband Joseph Wilson advanced with hers as he served as co-producer for their recordings. The SOP Chorale had a roster of 26-40 members which included Lauryn Hill and Faith Evans at various times. Natalie Wilson has composed much of the music they sing, and has written for many contemporary gospel groups like Trin-i-tee 5:7.  She appeared in the film “Kingdom Come”, and has won many accolades and awards.

Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight for Week #30

Entry #0030 E. Daniels

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 worshiping 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 for Week #29

Entry # 0029 Russell Delegation

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 for Week #28

Entry #0028 Darryl Alexander

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 for Week #27

Entry #0027 Darryl Henry

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 for Week #26

Entry#0026  Tracy Shy

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 for Week #25

Entry #0025 Franklin “Bubby” Fann

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 though 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 for Week #24

Entry #0024    Benita Farmer

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, preachers’ 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 people are in need of encouragement.

Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight for Week #23

Entry #0023  Steven Ford

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.