(PHOTO: COURTESY OF ERMA BYRD)
Kevin LeVar, a Gospel singer whose music has touched the lives of Christian music powerhouses such as Tina Campbell and Deitrick Haddon, recorded his latest album with the help of reformed drug dealers and prostitutes.
The singer, a 37-year-old Washington D.C. native, is releasing his second studio album “Destiny! Live at the Dream Center …and More.” Instead of recording his latest material in a fancy studio with some of gospel music’s biggest names that he might have had access to, LeVar opted to work out of The Dream Center, a rehabilitation facility in Los Angeles, Calif.
It is there that gang bangers, drug dealers, prostitutes and others who seek help find refuge, Bible studies and rehabilitation for themselves and their families
“I felt the Dream Center would be the perfect place because I felt the Lord telling me, you know this record is for the Josephs. This is for the one that the people have overlooked, the one that they’ve thrown away,” LeVar told The Christian Post. “So we went to The Dream Center and we had 50 or 60 of those precious men and women piled into the studio. They’re the ones singing the chorus on ‘Born To Be Great.'”
Tears flowed while people were ministered to through song when LeVar welcomed a culturally diverse audience during the recording of his album. That diversity is represented throughout his eclectic second album where he boldly blends genres using big band sounds, pop songs, and a song that is likened to Bruce Springsteen and Motown influences.
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