On the night of her first live recording, just moments after standing before an enthusiastic crowd of believers, with the message that God had given her to deliver, Jekalyn Carr was enveloped in prayer by a group of powerful and impassioned industry leaders praying and covering her for the new album The Life Project. While the energy in the church’s sanctuary was still palpable, as the thousands that had gathered had just witnessed history in the making, the climate backstage was equally as electric, where nearly a dozen of the industry’s gatekeepers gathered around Carr, touching and agreeing, for the specific purpose of petitioning God for His covering as she’d just delivered His good news; for His protection as she’d just boldly proclaimed His message to the masses; for His blessings as she had just released a new sound and a new anointing into the atmosphere.
Lead by fellow national recording artist, and pastor of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Olive Branch, MS, Darrel Petties, the esteemed panel of prayer warriors appeared as a veritable “Who’s Who” in Gospel music and media, including Radio Program Directors Tracy Bethea of Hallelujah 95.7 FM in Memphis, TN, Jerry Smith of The Light 103.9 FM in Raleigh, NC, Billy St. James of Praise 102.5 in Little Rock, AR, Derek Harper of Radio One’s 102.5 in Atlanta, GA, and other elite Radio personnel Kyle Glover of Praise 103.9 FM, Sherry Mackey of Hallelujah 95.7 FM, as well as veteran industry executive, Eboni Funderburk of EFG Promotions, and award-winning songwriter, producer, and artist manager, Allen Carr.
Just a few years prior, Carr burst onto the scene at the tender age of 15. With a voice and conviction far beyond her years, she captured the hearts of fans across the country while, at the same time, inadvertently becoming the benefactor of the prayers of her very own “village” that aligned themselves to stand with her and pray for her as she walked in her evident purpose and calling, while simultaneously navigating the universal promises and pitfalls of adolescence.
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