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Former Jersey Woman Melissa Bethea’s debut radio observe, “You’re Coming Out,”  snatched over a half million digital streams in 2021. The mesmerizing gospel belter who shot to church fame because the soloist on the GRAMMY® Award nominated group JJ Hairston & Youthful Reward hits comparable to “No Holding Again” and “You Are Worthy,” is prepared for her subsequent close-up.

Superior” was written by Bethea’s manufacturing duo of Eric Davis ((recognized for writing and producing for JJ Hairston & Youthful Reward) and Clarence Singleton (recognized for writing and producing for Marvin Sapp, Hezekiah Walker)  together with Makeba Riddick-Woods who has co-written pop hits comparable to Beyonce’s “Déjà Vu,” Jennifer Lopez’s “Holding Me Down,” and Rihanna’s “Impolite Boy.” The shut of summer time observe boasts the zest of a Jamaican road pageant with a soulfully industrial taste that ought to deliver Bethea a various viewers of latest followers.

In 2021, the 30-something singer was recruited to affix the music division employees on the 28,000-member New Mild Church in Houston the place she is now one of many worship leaders. Bethea, her husband Joseph, and their four-year-old daughter Jade packed up their belongings and moved to H-City the place they’ve made a brand new life for themselves.

The life isn’t that completely different from the one she knew in her hometown of Newark, NJ. Her world revolved round church and music. Her mother was a singer with regional choirs. Her dad didn’t sing, however he cherished music. “My father cherished music,” she says of the person she misplaced to diabetes when she 13 years outdated. “Due to him, I listened to blues, a variety of Motown. I really feel like a 90-year-old particular person as a result of I do know all about ZZ Hill, The O’Jays, The Temptations.”

On the church facet, Bethea turned a fan of worship music when she began attending her uncle, Bishop Charles Harris Jr.’s Bethel Church of Love and Reward in Bloomfield, NJ. “I had gone to church all my life, however I by no means heard reward and worship music earlier than that point. Their music division confirmed me that there’s one other method of getting God’s consideration.”

Initially, I did not wish to sing,” Bethea admits. “I went to the New Jersey Institute of Expertise to turn into a pharmaceutical engineer with a minor in biology. I used to be good at math, however that wasn’t my function. Once I realized about  reward and worship, that turned my calling.” Bethea started singing with gospel artists within the New York Tri-State space comparable to Hezekiah Walker and Lance Williams. She additionally started to develop her personal model. “Cece Winans and Oleta Adams are my favorites,” she confesses. “With Oleta, I just like the tonality of her voice and the way she approaches a track. She doesn’t do a complete lot, however when she does add a bit sauce, it’s impactful, and on high of that, she performs piano.”

Bethea and Singleton have recognized one another since they have been youngsters, working into every different at numerous church companies in New Jersey. Singleton shaped New Taste Leisure with Eric Davis in 2017. They’ve since collaborated on recorded music by gospel megastars comparable to Marvin Sapp, Ricky Dillard, and Bryon Cage, amongst others. Now, the duo is working collectively on Bethea’s first full-length challenge. “I consider the album can be used to encourage, uplift, and encourage,” she says. “So many individuals want hope as a result of they’ve misplaced a lot with this pandemic That is going to refresh, revive, renew, and level individuals to Jesus.”

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