*“I had to have a personal encounter with Jesus,” said Gospel’s Kelontae Gavin about how he was able to strengthen his faith in God and about the meaning behind his “Hold Me Close” (RCA Inspiration) single. He continued talking about how the single was created, “We were riding…and I wrote the 1st half and my Minister wrote the 2nd.”
Gavin’s Minister is Dr. Marquis Boone; lead Pastor of Fresh Start Church in Georgia. It was after a crime was committed against Kelontae that he said God touched him.
“I was 17 years-old…and had been abused. My faith was shaken,” Kelontae admitted. “I prayed, ‘God? Are you real?’”
Gavin said it was after that prayer and during a ride with his Pastor, who also serves as his manager, that “Hold Me Close” was birthed. The love letter to God reached #1 on Billboard’s “Gospel Airplay Chart” and Mediabase’s “Gospel Chart.”
“Man, it feels unbelievable,” he said about the two #1 spots reached by the “Hold Me Close” single. “It’s been a blessing, so far, thanks to my manager Marquis Boone.”
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Kelontae had reached #5 on the Gospel Radio Chart for his “No Ordinary Worship” single from his 2018 debut project “The Higher Experience.” “Hold Me Close” is from his sophomore project “The N.O.W. Experience,” which was released March 5, 2021.
Gavin, now 21 years-old, has been blessed with so much since he asked God if He was real. Aside from the two #1 chart-toppers, he has garnered a Stellar Award nomination and a Dove Award nomination – as if God is answering him back saying, “Yes, I am.”
“I was always singing and I wanted to be a blessing,” Kelontae admitted sincerely. “I knew music and ministering. I got calls to travel (to perform) and in 2016 I was signed.” www.RCAInspiration.com www.KelontaeGavin.com
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, MS, MBA, MPhil has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 22nd year. Next events are coming to Baltimore Saturday April 17, 2021 at Security Square Mall via Zoom Conferencing and Los Angeles Saturday, November 6, 2021 via Zoom Video Conferencing. The ULMII event is a free entertainment conference offering a Business Management Panel Q&A Session, a Talent Showcase and Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services. Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP for Zoom Access email info@ThePulseofEntertainment.com.