Hezekiah Walker

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Hezekiah Walker
Birth name Hezekiah Xavier Walker, Jr.
Also known as "Hez" or "Hezzie"
Origin Brooklyn, New York
Genres gospel music
Occupation(s) writer, director, minister
Years active 1990-present
Labels Benson Records
Verity Records

Pastor Hezekiah Walker (born December 24, 1962[1][2]) is a popular American gospel music artist and pastor of prominent Brooklyn New York "megachurch", Love Fellowship Tabernacle.[3][4] Walker has released several albums on Benson Records and Verity Records as Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir.

Biography[edit]

Walker was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Long Island University, majoring in Sociology. He also attended Hugee Theological Seminary, and the New York School of the Bible.

In 2001, Hezekiah & The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir were nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Best Gospel Artist, Traditional on the strength of the album Love Is Love! The group has won Grammy Awards for Best Gospel Album By Choir Or Chorus twice: once for Live in Atlanta at Morehouse College (1994), and once for Love Is Live! (2001).

Separate from The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir, Walker's LFT Church Choir released an album entitled Recorded Live At Love Fellowship Tabernacle in 1998. LFT Church Choir was more youthful and hip-hop leaning ensemble than its predecessor and its album hit the Top 5 of Billboard's Gospel Chart[5] and was nominated for a Grammy Award the same year.[6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • I'll Make It (Sweet Rain, 1989)
  • Oh Lord We Praise You (Sweet Rain, 1991)
  • Focus On Glory (A&M, 1992)
  • Live In Toronto (Verity, 1993)
  • Live in Atlanta At Morehouse College (Benson, 1994)
  • Live In New York By Any Means Necessary (Benson, 1995)
  • Live In London (Verity, 1997)
  • Recorded Live at Love Fellowship Tabernacle (Verity, 1998) - by Hezekiah Walker & The LFT Church Choir
  • Family Affair (Verity, 1999)
  • Love Is Live! (Verity, 2001)
  • Family Affair, Vol. 2: Live at Radio City Music Hall (Verity, 2002)
  • 20/85 The Experience (Verity, 2005)
  • Souled Out (Verity, 2008)
  • Azusa: The Next Generation (RCA Inspiration, 2013)

Compilations[edit]

  • Gospel Greats (Benson, 1995)
  • Nothing But The Hits (Verity, 2003)

Singles[edit]

  • "99½" (Benson, 1995) - Cassette Single
  • "Let's Dance" (Jive/Verity, 1999) - CD Single/12" Single
  • "Souled Out" (Verity, 2008) - Digital download Single
  • "Every Praise" (RCA Inspriational, 2013) - Digital download Single

Trivia[edit]

  • Walker is sometimes affectionately referred to as "the Hip-Hop Pastor" due to the number of high-profile secular hip-hop recording artists who attend his church, such as Lil' Kim and Sean "Diddy" Combs.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McNeil, W.K. (2005). Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music. Routledge. p. 414. ISBN 0415941792. 
  2. ^ Cummings, Tony (31 January 2007). "Hezekiah Walker: Gospel Star, Choir Leader Extraordinary & Hip-Hop Pastor". Crossrhythms (UK). Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  3. ^ "Hezekiah Walker to Headline 4th Annual Hartford Celebrates Hartford concert". April 8, 2003. 
  4. ^ Ratliff, Ben (February 21, 2002). "GOSPEL REVIEW; Stirring Souls With Sound and Vision". New York Times. 
  5. ^ Bonner, Gerard. "LFT Comes On Strong". GospelFlava.com. 
  6. ^ "Hezekiah Walker Awards & Nominations". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ "Interview: Hezekiah Walker". GospelCity.com. June 11, 2001. 

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