- Post 14 December 2010
- By by Julianne Malveaux
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Fred Hammond personifies praise and worship. The former founding member of the legendary contemporary quartet, Commissioned, is a household name when it comes to gospel music.
Hammond has written a plethora of award-winning songs including No Weapon, Running Back to You, We’re Blessed, They That Wait and his latest single, Awesome God. Even with a successful career, Hammond’s personal life has not been without drama. He endured the death of his mother and a painful divorce. The Dallas resident shared that these are the things that inspires him to write songs.
“Life—everyday life—ups and downs and the dramas of life,” he said of his songwriting inspiration. He also looks forward to becoming an author.
“I have a couple of books inside me. I have a couple of fictional novels inside me…they are pretty rough. I have to compete with E. Lynn (Harris) and all the other cats that are writing these books and everybody out there buying them that’s juicy—mine are juicy too!” Hammond said. “We act like the church folk don’t have drama.”
As far as I can tell, the singer and businessman show no signs of slowing down.
“I will be 50 … on December 27. I got a label and it’s called Fred Hammond Family Entertainment. I launched a new project called Life in the word, praise and worship devotional something to get us out of the gate. The single, Great Things, written by Hammond, features former Men of Standard and John P Kee member, Lowell Powell and Faith Anderson, respectively.
In addition to great music, Hammond is giving his fans something to smile about. “Also if you buy it there’s a bonus CD with me and the band inside my garage just kicking it … doing some old songs, which is the lead up to Warehouse Worship series. We’re giving the first one for free with YouTube-style movies. You’ll like it, it’s really good,” he said.
Additionally, congrats to legendary vocalist, Leanne Faine who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award during the Chicago Music Award’s 30th Anniversary awards ceremony in January. Speaking of awards, Grammy Award-winning Pastor Smokie Norful of Victory Cathedral Church was nominated in several categories for the upcoming Stellar Awards. Recently, the church celebrated its fifth year anniversary. Last but not least, congrats to Apostle Donald Alford of Progressive Life Giving Word Cathedral whose book entitled “Don’t You Tell Me It’s Too Late!” was just released and available wherever books are sold.
Happy belated bday blessings to Pastor John Hannah, Angel Jerez, Tim White, Tracy Kendrick, Vernon Oliver Price and yours truly (Dec. 1st). Also more blessings to Mark Hubbard, Richard Smallwood, Apostle Donald Alford, Horace E. Smith, M.D., and Dr. Charles G. Hayes, Veronica Southern, Pam Morris and Fred Hammond.
“Remember you are blessed by the Best!”
Copyright 2010 Chicago Defender
Effie Rolfe is the religion entertainment columnist. Contact her at effie@theinspirationcafe