2017 GOSPEL SHOWCASE HOST – CEDRIC FORD

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Born and raised on the west side of Chicago, Cedric Ford was introduced to the world of gospel music at a very young age. Early on, people began to recognize his innate musical abilities. At the tender age of 13, Cedric served as the Minister of Music of his grandfather’s church. He served in this post for 14 years while nurturing and developing his incredible gifts.

This critical time in his life undoubtedly prepared him for his great work with the Stellar Award Nominated, Shekinah Glory Ministry. While with the ministry, Ford sang, wrote, and produced songs on two of their highly successful CDs, “Praise Is What I Do” and “Shekinah Glory Live”. During this time, Cedric began to expand his ministry and was called upon to contribute to projects by gospel music legend Dorothy Norwood and the GMWA’s Men’s Choir.

Cedric’s deep gospel roots and soulful sound has allowed him to share the stage and pulpit alongside some of the greatest names in the Gospel Industry today such as; Donnie McClurkin, Dorothy Norwood, Albertina Walker, Israel Houghton and New Breed, Ron Kenoly, and many more.

Cedric credits the shaping of his talents musically, to his parents (Elder Collin and Evangelist Emma J. Ford). His musical influences are, Rance Allen, Commission, Stevie Wonder, The Clark Sisters, Donnie Hathaway, and many others.

In addition to gifts in the musical arts, Cedric began to be recognized for his budding acting skills. He found a way to combine his musical and theatrical talents in stage plays, which were experiencing a nationwide resurgence in popularity. After honing his skills in local and regional productions, Cedric landed his first major role in David E. Talbert’s awarding winning play “The Fabric of a Man”. His performance gained him national recognition and eventually led to a NAACP Theater Award nomination.

Currently, Cedric Ford is focusing on his personal work in the body of Christ. Ford serves as the International Worship Pastor at the Reflections of Christ Church under the leadership of world renowned scholar Dr. Dana Carson in Houston, TX. Elder Ford has taken on a mission to encourage people to focus on their relationship with God, especially in the uncertain times that the world is currently experiencing. He firmly believes that in times of difficulty, people should turn to God and give Him the worship that He is due. From this sprang the idea for his new project, Created 2 Worship. The follow-up to his well-received solo effort, Cedric Ford Featuring Visions: A Chorale Ministry, Created 2 Worship is full of songs that usher the listener into the presence of God. Cedric again displays his vast musically gifts by writing and producing 80% the songs featured on this project including the lead radio single “Created 2 Worship”

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