Music has always been a passion of mine. I have reason to believe, while most children came into this world crying, I came in singing! God has blessed me with a gift to sing and for many years I would just sing whatever was one the radio, not knowing really what I was singing about. I joined the children’s choir as a kid because it seemed like the right “Christian” thing to do, but I would go straight from the church songs to the everyday 90’s songs that I probably should not have been singing. I didn’t know it yet, but God would give me a chance to deepen my gratitude for my gift. When I was 12 years old, I completely lost my voice (both speaking and singing). My speaking voice returned to normal after a few weeks, but when I stood up to sing the sound that came out was a dreadful screech that was unfamiliar to me. I prayed for that entire year that God would restore my gift. It wasn’t until 5 years later that my singing voice really returned to normal and in that time, I learned that God gave me a gift. Not to sing songs about negative things, but to glorify Him and give Him all the honor and praise. For me God is so present when I sing. It is a direct connection to Him. When I am feeling down and confused, one gospel song can lift my spirit to heights that make me forget my pain. God is so real and gospel music/my voice is a gift I use to worship Him.
— Hazel Johnson