- Artist: Amazing Grace Praise Band
- Format: CD
- Release Date:3/4/2004
In the Bible, Jubal is accredited as the first musician and inventor of the harp and organ (Genesis 4:21). Throughout the Old Testament scriptures, string instruments were used in temple worship by great musicians such as the Levites, Asap, and King David as sacred instruments of praise. In keeping with that tradition, a New Testament church known as the Jewell Dominion Church of the Living God which began with Mother Tate, has adopted it's version of Jubal's original harp despite the many centuries of innovations. This anointed string instrument is known today as the Sacred Steel Guitar. The Sacred Steel Guitar over the years has established itself as the lead instrument of praise and is believed by many in the Jewell and Keith Dominion churches to be a divine instrument of praise, anointed exclusively for temple worship. Until recently this unique music had never been heard outside of the Jewell Dominion church services. The Lord seems to have chosen this generation to share this sacred music with the rest of the world coupled with the good news of the gospel. Del Ray Grace, Sr. Del Grace the Visionary and Producer of the Amazing Grace Praise Band is the fourth of eight children born to Curtis and Loretta Grace (O'Bryant). He is a multi-talented musician playing both the bass and steel guitar on this CD project. Del began playing at age 14 at the Stateline CLG where Bishop Ella Mae Dupree was his Pastor. Del attributes his style of playing to Bishop H. Wayne White of Detroit, MI, the late James 'Tubby' Golden of Cleveland, OH and the late great Bishop L.L.Harrison of Indianapolis, IN. Del's favorite Bible verse is James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Kelli Lynn Grace Was born in Detroit, Michigan to Johnell and Sharon Caver (May). Kelli attended the Joy Road Church of the Living God where Elder K. Burns was the Pastor. In 1984 she moved her membership to Gospel Truth Tabernacle, where her grandfather, Bishop Clinton W. Kirkwood was Pastor. She later married her husband, Del Ray Grace Sr. and moved to Toledo, Ohio. Kelli is a very gifted public speaker and she uses that gift to articulate the spoken word in several songs on this CD project. Kelli's favorite verse of scripture is Psalms 37:4, Delight thyself in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Johnell 'Jay' Caver, Jay is a very exceptional lead guitarist born in Detroit, Michigan to Johnell and Sharon Caver (May). Jay travels extensively between the Jewell and Keith Dominion Churches playing for the Lord. Jay began playing at age 16 and was inspired by many Jewell Dominion guitarist but Ronnie Mozee of Indianapolis, Indiana made the greatest impact on his style of play. To his credit Jay has recorded with Calvin Cooke, Robert Randolph, Derrick Campbell, Aubrey Ghent, Inspired of OH, Sonny Day of Detroit and other Arhoolie Sacred Steel Artist. Tressa S. Boles Tressa is the youngest child born to Walter Boles Jr. and Loretta Boles (O'Bryant). She began singing at a very young age in her local church, Stateline CLG. Her indelible mark on the music landscape has taken her to the Bobby Jones Gospel Explosion, the Thomas Dorsey Convention and the Gospel Music Workshop of America. She led a song on the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar Recording. Tressa has also recorded with Chris Byrd and True Victory, Nikki 'D' and the Browns and the renowned Rev Rance Allen (who was also her former pastor of New Bethel COGIC). Tressa also has to her credit two national tours with playwright Michael Matthews and Prince of Peace Productions entitled 'Come Out of the Rain' and 'Moma I'm Sorry'. Tressa states her purpose for singing is to compel everyone to live for Jesus Christ. Tressa currently worships at The Potter's House in Jacksonville, FL where her pastor is Bishop Vaughn McLaughlin. Del Ray Grace Jr., An 18-year-old, multi-talented musician who plays the drums and bass guitar on this CD project. He began playing music in the church at the age of 2. He is currently the main drummer at the Mt Pilgrim Baptist Church where Rev. Raymond Bishop is Pastor. Del is also the percussion section leader in his High School Marching Band. His inspiration comes primarily from his father Del Ray Grace Sr. and Uncle Kevin Staples who encouraged him to use his talent for the Lord. Eric Russell, The Senior Steel Guitarist at the Church of the Living God in Toledo, OH where Bishop Gerald Brown is Pastor. Born to Clinton and Sedaleyer Russell, Eric is a faithful church member and minister of the gospel. He has over 20 years of playing experience. Eric's primary Steel Guitar of choice is a ten string Shobud Guitar. His secondary guitar is a double-neck 'GFI' Pedal Steel Guitar. Eric was inspired musically by the late Bishop Lorenzo Harrison. Angela 'Grace' Russell, She is a multi-talented female musician who plays the Guitar and Keyboard. Born to Curtis Grace and Loretta (Grace) O'Bryant. Angela began playing the guitar at the State-Line Church of the Living God where Bishop Ella Mae Dupree was her Pastor. She is well versed in the Jewell Dominion style of praise music. Angela attends the Universal New Beginnings C.O.G.I.C. where Pastor R. Witty presides. She also serves as the minister of music. She was inspired to play by another Jewell Dominion female guitarist, Kim Love of Philadelphia, Pa. Angela's favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Yolando 'YoYo' Ramsey, YoYo is a very skillful and gifted Steel Guitarist. He began playing at the age of 9 at the Church of the Living God located at 415 Indiana Ave in Toledo, OH. YoYo purchased his first Steel Guitar from Deacon Frank Grace for only $32 which he earned from his paper route job. His parents later moved their membership over to the Soul City House of God Toledo, OH., where Apostle H.H. Brownlee is the Overseer. YoYo traveled for many years with Bishop Brownlee and the Soul City Band playing in one assembly after another. People would come from miles around to hear this anointed young man play. His playing style was inspired by Bishop Wayne White and the late Bishop Lorenzo Harrison.
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