By: Andrea Williams
Jon Jones, the Worship and Fine Arts Pastor of Christian Life Center in suburbs of Chicago, feels that praise should be colorblind. Influenced by Contemporary Christian Music and Contemporary and Traditional Gospel, Jones can't help but express music the way God gives it to him. The church's multi-ethnic congregation and Pastors Jerry & Chris McQuay's vision of heaven on earth is represented on Christian Life Center's Servants of Praise brand new CD called CLC: Live. Releasing online on iTunes and Amazon on Tuesday, July 30th, the new project is a feast of unforgettable praise and dynamic worship.
With her faith as a firm foundation, Pastor Riva Tims has overcome and recovered from her life's most devastating tragedies and distractions. Without a doubt, her victory wouldn't be possible without the help of our Incredible God. Read a little more below...
Few would argue about the incredible nature of God. Renowned Pastor Riva Tims & Majestic Praise are singing about it in their brand new single called, "Incredible God". A beautifully-penned ballad by Gospel music producer and songwriter Lydell Tate, the song's lyrics center around the amazing characteristics of God. Featuring the vocals of Noni Tate and John Wilds, the track is already "feeling the love" at Gospel radio, currently in the Top 50 on the BDS Gospel charts. The song is the newest single from Riva Tims & Majestic Praise's debut release, Access Granted. Featuring the talents of well-known artists such as Shirley Murdock, Preashea Hilliard and Wilds, the project flaunts praise and worship songs perfect for Sunday morning.
Most know Dr. Riva Tims as a riveting preacher and dynamic pastor. She's also recognized as the co-founder of New Destiny Christian Center in Orlando, FL, the church that she and her former husband, the late Dr. Zachery Tims, built together. She's also known as a woman who has been through the fire and lived to tell the story. But what many don't know is that she is a lover of music, specifically Gospel music.
"One of the reasons I love Gospel music so much is that it sets the atmosphere for worship," states the Pastor. It was during a time of preaching, however, that she felt led to record a CD. "Doing this CD was out of my element, but I knew it was something that the Lord wanted us to do," says Tims. The Pastor tapped her Praise & Worship Director, Lydell Tate, to spearhead the recording. Tate and Ernest Collins both participated in the songwriting and production of the release.
Tims doesn't consider herself a musician or singer - although she did play the flute in high school and took piano lessons in college -- but she understands the power of music. "Music complements the prophetic gift, the anointing. For me, it's an important element for worship. Some see it as entertainment; I don't see Gospel music as entertainment. I see it as a vehicle for ministry and worship to the Most High God."
The musicians and singers of the ensemble, Majestic Praise, are from Majestic Life Church and are members of the praise team and the church. The gifted singers are clearly capable of setting an atmosphere for praise and worship, evident in the new CD,Access Granted. In addition to the riveting, "Incredible God", the CD contains tracks like the title tune, "Access Granted", inspired by a sermon by Tims and "When It All Falls Apart", also the title of Tims' autobiography. The singles and the full release are available online through iTunes and other major online distributors. To connect with Riva Tims & Majestic Praise, find them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/majesticpraisemusic and on Twitter at @RivaTimsMP.
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