Chevelle Franklyn to minister in the Bronx


By: Elizabeth Smith

Chevelle-Franklyn-gospel.jpgChevelle Franklyn will headline Ebenezer's 75th Anniversary Gospel Concert in New York on Friday, April 14. The international multi-award winning singer of contemporary gospel masterpieces will join other 'ministers of the gospel through the arts,' including: Unconditional, The EPHN Temples of Praise Dancers and Choeur Magnificant.

Expectations are high for the concert, since Chevelle's humility, coupled with her exuberance and love for God have been a high source of inspiration around the world, according to the testimonies of many.

Ministering in song was a natural progression for Chevelle, whose own story of one day just deciding to make a change from super stardom on the secular scene, was a clear indication, that God is in control. In 1998, Chevelle felt, "tired of the empty way of life and hopelessness," and declared on stage during a concert, "I can't do this anymore." Chevelle said, "I did not hear a message or anything, but I felt the calling of God. I just broke down on the stage... I knew there was something better out there."

From singing Kirk Franklyn's "Silver and Gold" at that moment, Chevelle went on to a collaboration in 2000 with Papa San on his award-winning album, "Victory," that led to the beginning of a stream of awards starting with a Marlin Award for the track, "Touch From You."

In 2001 her new lifestyle was signed, sealed and delivered to the world, with the debut gospel album titled, "Joy." Having racked up many awards for that Danny Brownie - Mainstreet Records co-produced success, Chevelle released a new self produced album called, "His Way;" on her own label – N.O.W. Records (No Other Way).

Chevelle is sure to stir up a storm at the concert, as she did in the early 90's, singing charted hits like: "Nice and Naughty" and "No Pushover" - as well as number one collaborations with Spragga Benz, Shabba Ranks and the 1997 "Dancehall Queen" smash combination turned movie soundtrack feature, with Beenie Man.

The diversity of Chevelle's ministry today, is highlighted with the outstanding re-make of "Dancehall Queen," called, "Come King Jesus" that is featured on her latest album, "His Way."

The concert will take place at Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Blvd in the Bronx.