Jekalyn Carr

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Jekalyn Carr
Birth nameJekalyn Almonique Carr
Born (1997-04-22) April 22, 1997 (age 21)
West Memphis, Arkansas, United States
Occupation(s)Author, actor, singer, songwriter, speaker
Years active2011-present

Jekalyn Almonique Carr (born April 22, 1997) is an American singer, songwriter, author, and motivational speaker.[1] She was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Gospel Performance at the age of 18 in 2016.[2] She wrote a book, You Will Win, which was published in 2018 and tied into a single released by the same name. The single stayed at #1 on the Billboard Gospel radio charts for 6 weeks.[3] Carr has also been featured on Greenleaf on the Oprah Winfrey Network and in upcoming film Never Heard. Carr was also honored by Ebony magazine as one of the POWER 100 most influential people in 2014 in the world.[4]

Early life[edit]

Carr was born on April 22, 1997, in West Memphis, Arkansas,[5] as Jekalyn Almonique Carr,[6] to Allen Lindsey Carr,[7] and Jennifer Denise Carr. She has two siblings: Allen Lindsey Carr Jr. and Allundria Carr.[1][8]

Music career[edit]

Her first national single was released in 2012, with the release of "Greater Is Coming", by Lunjeal Music Group.[9] This was on her debut studio album, Greater Is Coming, released on May 21, 2013,[9] and this was her breakthrough release reaching No. 3 on Billboard Gospel Albums.[10] Carr won a Stellar Award at the age of 16.[11] She released her subsequent studio album, It's Gonna Happen, on October 7, 2014.[9] This was followed by her live albums The Life Project and One Nation Under God, both of which debuted at #1 on Billboard Gospel Albums chart.[10] All of her albums were released on the independent label Lunjeal Music Group.


Studio albums

  • Promise (2011), Independent
  • Greater is Coming (2013), Lunjeal
  • It's Gonna Happen (2014), Lunjeal
  • The Life Project (2016), Lunjeal
  • One Nation Under God (2018), Lunjeal


  • "Greater Is Coming" (2012)
  • "Something Big" (2014)
  • "You're Bigger" (2016)
  • "You Will Win" (2017)

Published works[edit]

  • You Will Win (2018)[12]


  1. ^ a b Washington, Lisa (June 29, 2011). "Jekalyn Carr: A star on the rise". WMC-TV. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "Jekalyn Carr". Grammy Awards. Recording Academy. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Jekalyn Carr Chart History: Hot Gospel Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  4. ^ Delane, Denisha (12 November 2014). "Ebony Power 100: Bishop T.D. Jakes, Tamela Mann, Bishop Noel Jones, Jekalyn Carr + Pastor Michael Andrew Owens Make the List". Faith in the Bay. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  5. ^ AllMusic. "Jekalyn Carr". AllMusic. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  6. ^ "Carr Jekalyn Almonique". ASCAP. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: CARR ALLEN LINDSEY". BMI. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  8. ^ Keith, Patsy (August 18, 2007). "Young girl's talent clear from early age". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved April 22, 2015.[dead link]
  9. ^ a b c AllMusic. "Jekalyn Carr : Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Jekalyn Carr Chart History: Top Gospel Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  11. ^ Santi, Christina (8 June 2018). "10 Fresh Gospel Acts to Help Get Your Praise On". Ebony. Ebony Media Operations. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  12. ^ Carr, Jekalyn. "You Will Win: Inspirational Strategies to Help You Overcome". Amazon. Retrieved 19 July 2018.

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