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Kudos to Donald Lawrence who recently rendered a spirit filled recording for his CD entitled The Law of Confession. The album is based on the teaching series of Pastor Bill Winston of Living Word Christian Center, where Lawrence has attended for the last

Kudos to Donald Lawrence who recently rendered a spirit filled recording for his CD entitled The Law of Confession. The album is based on the teaching series of Pastor Bill Winston of Living Word Christian Center, where Lawrence has attended for the last few years.

“The Law of Confession is timely,” said Lawrence. “I want people to realize how powerful words are and that they have the power to set the tempo for their life’s success. The enemy has influenced their words, and they are no longer speaking like kings, but there is a king inside…Change your speech to that of a ruler.”

The multi-talented Stellar Award winner and Grammy-nominated recording artist and producer was moved to write music after hearing Winston deliver a sermonic series.

A host of artists were at the recording, including Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Richard Smallwood, Percy Bady, Ricky Dillard, Kim Stratton, Walt Whitman, Mark Hubbard and Smokie Norful.

Most of the audience was standing to their feet and moved to tears while the passionate Lawrence emphasized throughout the evening, “The blessing is on you, and there’s a king in you!”

The Columbia College professor said “…what they felt during my (recording) session is what I felt when Pastor Winston taught it–and I was honored to be able to deliver it to the music.”

I will keep you posted on the upcoming project, due to be released in November.

Meanwhile, Lawrence has teamed up with Verizon Wireless for the national gospel competition "How Sweet the Sound Gospel Celebration." The competition is looking for the best church choir in America to win cash prizes of up to $50,000. Marvin Sapp (Never Would Have Made It) and Pastor Hezekiah Walker will serve as hosts and celebrity judges, along with Lawrence. According to Walker, “The industry is trying to do away with the church choir. This is a good time to be recognized through your church. Actually, the church itself would get a lot of recognition throughout the world and the pastor would get a lot of recognition, so I think this is the time for the church choir.”

Recently, the Zomba Gospel recording artist was elevated to the office of bishop.

“I have two churches that I pastor in New York City and also in Pennsylvania. Those are the two churches I actually pastor myself. We also have a church in South Carolina and North Carolina. We have a church in Long Island, Atlanta, Georgia and just recently last year, just opened up a church in South Africa,” Walker said.

The Grammy award winner whose church choir, Love Center Church, has been recording for over 25 years said, “It’s by the grace of God that I do this and try to keep up with my singing.”

Walker’s new CD will be released in September.

The competition will be held in Chicago on September 29.

The Gospel Music Workshop of America kicks off today and runs through Aug. 15 in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. The conference was founded by Rev. James Cleveland after he left the National Convention of Choirs and Choruses, which celebrated its 75th year in Chicago last week.

Apostle Joann Long is inviting all to a citywide revival to combat gang violence. J Moss, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Martha Munizzi, Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson and national speakers are among the many guests. The services will be held at 59th and Woods through August 31.

Also, congratulations to Zomba Gospel artist, Joann Rosario, on receiving her minister’s license. Prayers to The Brown Sisters in loss of their grandfather, Willie Jones.

Happy belated bday blessings to Sen. Barack Obama and happy 25th wedding anniversary to Rev. Dr. Marshall and Lady Priscilla Hatch of New Mt Pilgrim Church. Rev. and Mrs. Billy Jones of Samaritan Bible Baptist Church celebrate their 43rd anniversary.

“Remember you are blessed by the best!”

Effie Rolfe is the religion entertainment columnist for the Chicago Defender. Effie can be contacted at effie@theinspirationalcafe.com.

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