You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, I will exalt You. Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 118:28–29)
Have you ever met someone who is truly amazing? Have you ever met someone who is truly talented? How about gifted? And undeniably anointed! How about beautiful, not just an outward appearance but their personality and spirit are beautiful. There are a lot of new gospel singers out there who I believe really love God but some are relying on the beat of the track to move God’s people. Scripture clearly expresses the importance of praising God, but if we do not understand the reason behind it, we lose our foundational basis for praising Him—praise without meaning is empty. We must be sure our foundation is the truth of God in every area, including praise. Moreover, we should also praise God for His unending mercy. Salvation is from God, and “He” has given us many spiritual blessings. Our response should be one of praise and glory to God. After all, the Lord is good, and His mercy is everlasting. It also helps to pray before your service to help “free” your mind of life’s pressures before you enter into praise and worship. Thanksgiving and praise are an utterance of your mouth, the fruit of your lips and it publicly proclaims the allegiance, loyalty, and commitment to the Lord. (Hebrews 13:15)
When I first encountered this soft-spoken woman of God, she walked up to the microphone and this quiet yet loud spiritual roar came out of her mouth. Her voice in the song not only created tears of joy, uplifted hands, but she allowed God to use her to set the atmosphere of freedom to worship God. She carried us to the throne of God and gently sat us at his feet and it was as if she was saying in song “here is the God you serve”. She began to sing “there is none like you, no one else can touch my heart like you do”. As the congregation began to join in I found my lips and mind were on one accord, my mind remembering all that God has done for me while my lips echoed in agreement. Soon my eyes joined in with tears of thanksgiving and repentance. My hands raised in a symbolic gesture of surrender and finally my head bowed down in the presence of his majesty. And Shante CD release was no different from that Sunday morning worship, it set people free and brought a feeling of understanding that God is good and his truth is really everlasting. So let me introduce you to this gospel artist a true worshiper. She is a Proverbs 31 woman, faithful wife, loving mother, and a good friend. World this is Shante Brown.
Photo Credit: Lion Sight Photography
Light Sight: When did you first start singing?
Shante :At the age of 8
Light Sight: what was the first song ever sang in public?
Shante: For Always by CeCe Winans
Light Sight: Where would you most like to minister/sing?
Shante: Wherever God sends me
Light Sight: Do you write music and/or lyrics?
Shante: Lol, yes partially. The Lord will give me a verse or chorus and then I would need help from there. Lol
Light Sight: What kind of music do you listen to today?
Shante: Gospel, Christian and R&B.
Light Sight: What do you consider yourself a worshipper or praiser?
Light Sight: Who is your favorite gospel singer?
Shante: I have a couple. Of course Dorinda and Karen Clark, Kim Burrell, Todd Dulaney (I love the way he ministers..thats a few.
Light Sight: What do you think about the difference between the old gospel songs (70’s&80’s) vs the new gospel music?
Shante: Well I think some of the old songs make you feel convicted if I can say that. The new songs bring you into worship.
Light Sight: How do you prepare when you have to sing? (Physical and spiritual)
Shante: I change the way eat with fasting. Also for me, I know everyone is different but some foods affect my singing. I pray and surround myself with Jesus with songs, the Word and prayer.
Light Sight: Do you ever get nervous?
Shante: All the time.
Light Sight: What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
Shante: Breathe and let God lead you.
Light Sight: If you could go open up for any artist on tour, who would be ideal?
Shante: I think I would be just honor to open up for anyone.
Light Sight: Alright here is a fun question. What are the five things you can’t live without?
Shante: Jesus, water, snacks, my family, & music.
Light Sight: How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?
Shante: Take one day at a time. My husband sync our calendars so we can known what each other is doing. We try to alternate between the house, kids and etc. We also support each other as much as possible.
Light Sight: what else can we expect from you in the future?
Shante: Well, we will see where God takes the project and where he wants to use me.