Singing the word

UPFRONT

December 02, 2007|By Karlayne Parker

In September, Habakkuk Music, a Christian gospel label, was launched with the release of its first artist, Jessica Greene of Baltimore.

Her CD, 4 the World, includes lyrics that make you think and have your head bobbing at the same time. Her contemporary gospel-music album deals with weighty issues such as premarital pregnancy, molestation and the promises of God.

For example, one of the tracks on the CD is "Searching," which is about looking for love, but in all the wrong places.

"It's about dealing with issues as they are. I know that God is good. [But] sometimes people need you to deal with them where they are," says the 24-year-old Greene.

Greene is the daughter of Evangelist Linda Greene of the Church of the Redeemed of the Lord in East Baltimore and Elder Rene Greene of Rehoboth Church of God in Christ Jesus Apostolic in West Baltimore.

Since the release of the CD, Greene has traveled locally and nationally to promote it. This month, she'll be in Oakland, Calif., and Los Angeles as part of a national Black College Tour.

Her CD is available at most retail music outlets.

Gospel songfest

If you missed the UniSun gospel celebration, don't worry. You can see the Oct. 6 event at in photos and on video at baltimore sun.com/celebration. They will give you an idea of what you missed. Five choirs vied for a top prize of $5,000. Bethel AME Church's choir went home with the big money, but no one went home empty-handed. The other choirs received $1,000. We're already planning for the third year of the celebration. So, get ready!

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