James Fortune is no stranger to the Lamplighter Awards and will be back again this year to help us celebrate.
About James Fortune
At the precocious age of five, James Fortune began composing drum accompaniments for his father’s Houston, Texas choir. Long before his first performance and with the guidance of his father James knew in his heart that he was destined to spread the word of God through song and thus became well-versed in the teachings of the Lord. Throughout his adolescent years, James became engrossed in his church’s annual Youth conference; however within him grew a yearning to fellowship with other young people who also shared his fiery zeal for God.
Unbeknownst to him, James would soon be given the desire of his heart as God granted the 20 year old wunderkind the foresight to create a choir that would minister the word of God through song, praise and worship. James, honoring his calling to save souls through music, embarked on a journey to not only unite adolescents in his church but also those in surrounding neighborhoods, and with that Youth For Christ was born.
Fastforward several years, to a night when Fortune was homeless and in his motel room. He was blessed with life-changing revelation. For the first time in his life he truly doubted the Lord and in a moment of clarity, realizing why he had been ridden with fear and anxiety over his financial troubles, James wrote I Trust You, a heartfelt testament to his undying faith and willingness to follow God’s plan despite his present circumstances. Four years after the release of You Survived!,James Fortune & FIYA reentered the studio more aligned than ever while showcasing the sheer power of belief, and emotion that Fortune demonstrated during his most trying times. Shortly thereafter, their highly anticipated sophomore album The Transformation was released in February 2008.
“I Trust You” the first single off The Transformation, cemented James Fortune & FIYA’s as one of the most fervent performers in gospel.
The rest is history.
Listen to what he thinks about the Lamplighter Awards as well as advice to those who are writer, singers and those who may be going through a valley experience in the midst of doing what God has appointed them to do…..
Also joing us for Lamplighter 2012:
Pastor Charles Jenkins
Karen Clark Sheard
Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com , any ticketmaster outlet or call toll free: 800-745-3000.