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Spirit of Praise Choir was formed in August 2011 Under the direction of Mr. Visionary Joe Douglass. Few artists have the unique story and background like Joe Douglass and Spirit of Praise. Joe Douglass always had the gift of captivating the hearts of people. Initially as a promoter Joe began bringing various concerts, seminars and conferences to the bay area that crossed denominational barriers to bring all ages and walks of life to Christ. His vision was always outside the box to reach more than the four walls of the church. Working with some of the biggest names in Gospel Music Joe continued that same vision as a promoter to humbling submitting himself and saying yes to God with the ministry in Spirit of Praise. Originally brought together because Joe had a solo engagement at a church and didn’t want to sing alone, Spirit of Praise eventually became a full on ministry movement through music saving one soul at a time through the platform God has graced them with. Joe Douglass is a bay area native who grew up enhancing his gift in many different ways. As a child being under the leadership of Dr. Helen J.H. Stephens and the GMWA Northern California Chapter, the Young Musicians Program at UC Berkeley, to being under the leadership of Professor James Roberson and UCLA Gospel Music Program; it was clear Joe Douglass passion and ear for Gospel Music was something God had given him with at an early age. From a Music Perspective, It wasn’t until 2011 that Joe began to really develop a relationship with God. Taking his experiences and hardships life brings he started writing music that people who heard it began to relate to; that is when he truly believed this is what God had called him to do. With a unique youthful blend of musical styles, seasoned yet smooth and sultry tones, and lyrics that point out a map to life and the benefits of Jesus Christ, Joe Douglass and his message will become a factor years from now. Working with Musical Director and Producer David Jackson has only enhanced and developed the message and sound Joe Douglass and Spirit of Praise brings to their artistry. It was when Joe began working with Mr. Jackson that recording and making a CD project started to become a reality to bring that message to the masses of people that wanted to hear the Gospel Group. Joe believes the business and music relationship he developed with Mr. Jackson was truly God sent; Joe says all the time, “God has given me a musical genius in David Jackson, he truly brings out the best in me and the confidence we have in each other has enhanced both of our gifts to be greater for the Kingdom”. Eventually, They put their heads together to do a debut concert of the group in April 2012 that attracted over 1500 debuting new music, releasing a single, and sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in Gospel Music. With more and more requests of the group, traveling to various states and developing relationships; Joe Douglass and Spirit of Praise hosted their first Live Recording October 5th, 2013 with over 2,000 people in attendance. Gospel Artists from all over the country put their stamp of approval on the dynamic group bringing a new sound to the bay area and a following people have not seen since the Legendary Hawkins Family. Now thousands of people are looking forward to their Release of their First Album expected to release in the Second Quarter of 2014 with Guests appearances on the Album by National Recording Artists Tye Tribbett, Jason Nelson, Chrystal Rucker, Vonnie Lopez, and Lena Byrd-Miles. Joe Douglass & Spirit of Praise have been blessed to work with some of the biggest names in Gospel Music such as Tamela Mann, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin, Tasha Cobbs, The Hawkins Family, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard and the list continues to grow. Many people who have crossed paths with the visionary can say his humility continues to shine over all the success at such a young age and his message remains the same; to continue to do his best to encourage the masses of people, save souls, and deliver through music the message of Christ.
Spirit of Praise Members: Sopranos:
Majesty Pearl Scott,
Yaahn Hunter Jr.,
James "Booyah" Richards,
Joe Douglass, Writer, Producer, Singer, Songwriter, Loves God. and Gospel Music