Take My Life
- Artist: Carlton F. Mighty, Sr.
- Format: CD
- Release Date:9/30/2003
CARLTON F. MIGHTY, Sr. 'TAKE MY LIFE' 'I've given my life to Christ to do whatever he chooses!' This is the sentiment and message that clearly comes through on Carlton Mighty's debut CD 'Take My Life.' This CD has been a long time coming, but from it's collection of songs ranging from old time traditional gospel, to it's more contemporary, reggae filled inspirational tunes, Carlton effectively gives the listener insight into his musical and spiritual background. His spirit filled and unpretentious renditions are inspiring and a marvelous display of his God given talent. At age twelve, while still living in Jamaica, W.I. where he was born and raised, Carlton began using his gift of song in service to the Lord. As a matter of fact, he developed his voice and song style in the same circle of church singing groups as his long time friend, Noel Willis, leader of the well known Jamaican gospel singing group, Grace Thrillers. Although, the two attended separate churches, both of the churches they belonged to were congregations that reported up to the larger 'church body' known in Jamaica as New Town Deliverance Church of God. Carlton and Noel often sang at the same events, albeit in different choirs, and as a result, formed a life long friendship. After migrating to the U.S. in 1973, Carlton continued in humble service to God at Little Temple Church of God, in Washington D.C. A Deacon and member of the choir, he continues to minister musically at that church, which has since been renamed Shiloh Christian Fellowship and relocated to Silver Spring, Maryland. His debut CD, 'Take My Life' is compiled of traditional hand clapping as well as contemporary gospel songs recorded at Ambient Recording in Beltsville, Maryland under the watchful eye of Ray Tilkens. Additionally, the CD contains several inspirational, reggae tunes, well chosen for both message and melody, recorded at Soundvision Recording Studios in Randallstown, Maryland under the guidance of Joe Cooper of Sandjoe Productions Incorporated. All the background vocals as well as one gospel tune were recorded at Orchard Recording Studio in Silver Spring, Maryland under the direction of Jim Jacobson while the CD master was completed at Ambient Studios. Carlton's vocal interpretations are his own unique blend of Al Jarreau like silky jazz, peppered with tones reminiscent of Aaron Neville's earthy yet melodic crooning, and skillfully combined with rhythms from his reggae roots. Carlton has been married to the former Donna Walker since 1975. The couple currently reside in Laurel, Maryland. They are parents to three adult children who along with their mother are staunch supporters of their father's ministry of music. Carlton gets his greatest joy from listening to and singing praises to the Lord. He is most grateful to the Lord for the gift of song, which was bestowed upon him. And, has often said, 'My mission is to use music to inspire others to lean on Jesus.' Throughout the years, he has performed heartily, held on to his faith and waited patiently for the day when he could musically deliver his message to a wider audience and be a witness to the world of the joy one can receive by simply asking the Lord to 'Take My Life.'