From 1996 to 2005 I was the praise and worship leader for the dynamic group Kingdom Ready Ministries (KRM) under the direction of Bro. Michael Evans, Capels, WV. We traveled throughout WV and in other states spreading the good news of the gospel through song. We minister through song at different events such as revivals, street ministry, nursing homes and prison ministries.
After experiencing a battle of sickness from 2001 to 2006, (which I thought was the end of life’s journey for me) I later learned that every sickness is not unto death and that it was only a test of my faith to trust God that “HE IS WELL ABLE TO PERFORM WHAT HE HAD SPOKEN IN HIS WORD.” Only if we BELIEVE, all things are possible. Well, you are probably wondering is she going to make mention of what the illness was. After being told first hand I had lung cancer, they finally made the correct diagnosis. I was diagnosed with pulmonary sarcoidosis in 2001 and my breathing capacity was 50%. Both of my lungs were invaded with nodules that were non-cancerous. But the doctors were puzzled because normally with sarcoidosis there is no growth. Well, the nodules in my lungs began to grow rapidly. Later I had to be put on prednisone to slow the growth and to help with my breathing. Because of taking the medicine for five years off and on, it later led to me having a total of four hip surgeries which included two hip replacements (2007 & 2010). After that occurred, I began to trust God that HE would heal me spiritually and physically. I rebuked every doubtful and fearful thought that came across my mind and replaced them with the promises of God. My Pastor (Roger Walton) had given me 45 healing SCRIPTURES and he told me to take it like I would my medicine (two-three times a day). I began to read those SCRIPTURES and repeated them several times until it was connected with my inner spirit. To share a few: 2Timothy 1:7 “FOR GOD HAS NOT GIVEN US THE SPIRIT OF FEAR; BUT OF POWER AND OF LOVE AND A SOUND MIND”; Hebrews 10:23 “LET US HOLD FAST THE PROFESSION OF OUR FAITH WITHOUT WAVERING FOR HE IS FAITHFUL THAT PROMISED.” The doctor says I’m in remission, BUT BY THE POWER OF GOD I KNOW THAT I AM HEALED!!!!!!!
After that encounter with Jesus, my singing ministry went to a new level in God. In 2010 & 2011 I attended recording artist Luther Barnes’ Gospel Showcase in Rocky Mount, NC. At that showcase I was inspired to write and to go deeper into God’s word. I was honored to have placed first runner-up at the convention.
On Oct.1, 2011, my second CD recording entitled “Use Me” was released in Bluefield,WV where over 250 people were in attendance. This project was recorded and produced in Charlotte, NC at Cloudy Day Production (Kevin Cloud). Mr. Cloud has been honored to have recorded with some of the top legend gospel singers in music industry-- such as The Supreme Angels, Willie Banks and The Messengers, and Bro. Joe Ligon (Mighty Clouds of Joy). I’m so proud to say that the Holy Spirit inspired me to write three songs on this project: I LOVE HIM, DON’T QUESTION MY PRAISE, and USE ME. I pray that this project “Use Me” will minister to you as God speaks to your heart through these songs.
Following the release of “Use Me”, Sam Tate, the owner of Gospel Gems Network in Boone, NC, listen to my CD and called me to share his love for the entire project. Immediately, he set up an interview and decided to give me air time that was covered nationally, internationally and live streaming through the internet. The Lord has truly open doors even in my home town. I was blessed to be interviewed and have radio air time on WJLS-Richlands, VA, WAEY-Princeton, WV, KISS FM 102.9-Southern, WV, WP Media Studio-Martinsville, VA and WVSG Radio.com. Recently, I was favored by God to minister to millions on Living Faith TV in Abingdon, Va. for their live fall and winter sharathon. This station is aired in West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina and live stream through the internet. WHAT AN AWESOME GOD WE SERVE AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY.
In March 2013, we are taking Gospel to another level in Christ Jesus. My latest and third CD release will be entitled “We Have Been With The Lord”. Southern Gospel Grammy-Award Winner Tim Greene (The Greene Family) is the producer and songwriter of this awesome project. This project was recorded in Covington, GA and Ocean Isle, NC. This project will be on American Christian Artists (ACA) record label. Truly we have felt the presence of the Lord during each recording session. It was an honor to have Minster Tim Greene as my personal voice coach. I’ve learned so much during this recording session. We are trusting God that this project will surely be a blessing to the body of Christ and life changing to those that are lost in sin.
Currently, my husband (Cecil) and I reside in Bluefield, WV, where we attend Abundant Life Ministries in Maybeury, WV. We have three children, Eric Cecil, who has gone on to be with the Lord; Felicia (Marcus) Forrest; Cecil Smith, Jr.; one granddaughter Alonah; and two God children, Nyaisa and Lamar.
Praises be unto God for my parents (Roy & Hazel) and Aunties for leading me to Jesus and for recognizing the GIFT along with the anointing that God has entrusted me with-- that is, to carry the message of hope and salvation through song to those that are heavy laden and are bound in sin.
Being the youngest of eight siblings, I remember having choir rehearsal everyday-- sometimes twice a day in our bedroom. Having a strong passion and love for music since the age of six and I can now say it has become my ministry to win souls for the Kingdom.
At the age of 16, I was singing and directing the church choir at Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion and later on at the Morning Star Baptist in Jenkinjones, WV. This was just the beginning of what the Lord really had in store for me. For I am reminded of: 1COR. 2:9 (BUT AS IT IS WRITTEN, EYE HATH NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD, NEITHER HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN, THE THINGS WHICH GOD HAD PREPARED FOR THEM THAT LOVE HIM.)
During my elementary, junior high & high school days, my love for music grew greater. I was honored to sing in “All County Chorus” (three years) and “All County Band” (four years), where I auditioned and placed second seat for playing the alto saxophone. Other instruments I learned to play were the piano, tambourine, clarinet and drums.
In 1993 I had the honor of singing for the late West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd during a dedication service for a new health clinic where he also sang a solo with me, “AMAZING GRACE”. Also, I have had the privilege to sing at churches, revivals, festivals and perform the National Anthem throughout the surrounding counties in the state of WV.
In 1994, I recorded my first gospel project “When I See Jesus” which sold over 300 copies. This project consisted of Baptist hymnals and two selections recorded in 2001 at the Morning Star Baptist Church in Jenkinjones, WV. This was a cassette recording, which has now been re-mixed to a CD that was recorded and re-mixed by K-Trak Music (Karl Miller) in Bramwell, WV.
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