PRLog - Jan. 12, 2012 - Melodies of Praise was founded by Marcellus Williams in 1997 out of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Markham, IL. Marcellus was given the vision to start MOP while playing piano for his uncle's choir. Soon after which the Lord impressed upon his heart that he had been blessed with the ministry of song. Shortly after MOP was formed beginning as a choir of 30-40 members. Throughout the past 15 years Melodies of Praise has been through a journey of shifts and transitions that resulted in what is today. Though the experience has not always been easy, Marcellus stood by faith in what he knew was truly God's will and purpose for this ministry.
A ministry that reaches the young and old, black, white, yellow, brown, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim; they are dedicated to ministering to those seeking to know HIM. Melodies of Praise is an inspiration to those seeking HIS face, an uplifter to those struggling in faith, and a love for those needed encouragement. The anointing, genuine praise and worship, and unconditional love that this group of believers maintains keeps them grounded in the true love and presence of GOD. The uniqueness of each individul voice gives this group definite originality. However, the oneness of their voices and the spirit on their hearts proves that there is a special annointing and purpose on MOP that is raising them to new levels of elevation. Matthew 22:14 says "For many are called but few are chosen". The members of Melodies of Praise have been hand picked by GOD Himself to create this ministry of annointed and appointed men and women of GOD on a mission to reach the nation. MOP's powerful anointing and unbinding unity is amazing. There have been many trials, tribulations, and transitions but GOD!!!!!
MOP not only ministers to others but to themselves as well. This group prides itself on not just being a group of talented singers but of being a group of brothers and sisters in Christ who enjoy time of fellowship and worship together. Plain and simple Melodies of Praise is a family. The members of this family consist of Marcellus Williams (founder, producer, songwriter, and musician), Cassandra Smith (Administrative Assistant and soprano singer), Renay Tucker (CFO and alto singer), Corlis Ford (Marketing liaison and tenor singer), Ida Thomas (Spiritual Advisor and alto singer), Christopher Bell (drums), Renada Howard (soprano singer), Christian Ellis (alto singer), and Claudia Gunter (tenor singer).
Marcellus as well as being the creater of MOP has a list of intergrital ministires he has shared the stage with. Some of which include Tye Tribett, Marvin Sapp, and Mississippi Mass Choir. Marcellus contributes vision and ministry through lyrics and melodic praise and worship. His faith drives the group to new levels of elevation and challenges them to constantly press towards the will of the Lord not only in MOP, but in their personal lives as well.
Cassandra contributes fun, excitement, and organization to Melodies of Praise. Though she has only been a member for a little over 1 year, she immediately grasped the vision that Marcellus had for the group and was enthusiastic about making things happen. Doing whatever is asked of her and then some Cassandra is always willing and ready to get to work for MOP.
Renay Tucker brings her own sense of humor, style, and love to MOP. A 5 year member, Renay always carries a smile to surely brighten any room she enters. Make no mistake when this young woman means business she gets the job done in a tactful manner that is unlike any other in the group. Her devotion to Melodies of Praise is untouchable and her love for MOP is much more.
Corlis Ford helps to provide stabilty, grouding and spiritual clarity as well as wisdom to our family. She has been a member for about 6 months, yet she gels into this family as though she has been here for years. Corlis is definitley a take charge individual who doesn't sit idle when there is work to be done.
Christopher is the pulse of the group keeping us time and in track with each other. Playing for MOP for about 1 year, his years of experience and his love for ministry makes him more than just the average drummer. Christopher proves that God can use you in multiple ways to minister even with the beat of a drum.
Renada has been a member of MOP for 3 years. Introduced to Marcellus after performing a solo piece at Trinity Christian Fellowship, Renada was invited to join the group. Renada, the youngest member of MOP, brings a unique sound and trend that reaches out to our young people of today.
Ida, a 7 year member, makes her the longest standing member of MOP. The energy, hope, spirit, and love this woman of God brings is like none other. Always humbling herself to be used by God, Ida is MOP's prayer warrior. Her words of wisdom and prayers keep the group constantly uplifted and encouraged maintaining our strong base.
Christian has been in MOP for 4 years. Contributing to melodies her style of prayer, praise, and worship. Her writing and producing skills have a chance to build with Melodies. Christian offers an amazing passion to serve and change lives.
Claudia has been singing with MOP for a little over 5 years. Claudia is a strong minded, focused driven woman of God. She brings a jazzy flare to the group that gives MOP a new day edge.
Melodies of Praise is a Christian singing group under contract with NuSource Recording label.