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Captivating Gospel Singer 'Katrice Cornett' Speaks on Music, Faith, Life, and Education
During her music industry hiatus, Katrice's son, Jermaine Jones, became a top 10 finalist on Season 11 of American Idol. Such an honor immediately catapulted her back into the music industry as she represented Jones in all his booking engagements.
"This reminds me very much of the time when we, as a group, were invited to sing at a wonderful Cultural Arts Festival in Trenton, New Jersey. We were asked to perform out in the open winter weather, it was frigid much like today; (laughingly)
She is the 'American Idol Mom' of unforgettably talented 6'8 1/2" deep golden voiced: Jermaine 'Gentile Giant' Jones. Disqualified publicly and dropped from the 2012 season of the show.
“We were both singing long before the show came over here from England. We were confident, seasoned and well prepared to perform before any size audience.” As she ponders for a moment she further recalls “the representatives of the show simply had not a care or concern what so ever, as to the pain or consequences of their public actions on Jermaine, nor on myself as his mother. I along with countless others, thought he was going to bring it home that year. He was simply not given the chance. We didn’t let that stop us. We proceed always with dignity and respect in all we do, for we are of God’s Kingdom, and we represent His Glory, and not our own."
She is so passionate and true in the way she alone speaks, it's enough to bring forth an unforced surge of emotion.
“In lieu of it all… (she laughs again) music has always been a part of my life. Vocally, my wonderful dad, the late Donald W.T. Cary (vocal instructor and mentor) taught me just about everything I know, musically. I was always encouraged to listen to every kind of good music, which has allowed me to develop my own unique style... My parents, who are both musicians and educators, saw me through College (Delaware State College, at the time, now Delaware State University) and made me learn to read music, write songs, play the piano, cello, viola, but 'not' the clarinet, I never got the swing of the clarinet (she laughs again). I am originally from Baltimore but God's music brought me to New York City many times, Philadelphia, many parts of Delaware and Maryland, Charlotte North Carolina, Connecticut and so on. I am now comfortably living in Pine Hill, New Jersey and am determined to continue moving forward with the calling that God has placed on my life. Praise the Lord."
It is so wonderful to hear these words spoken with such a gentile and delicate manner from a voice indeed capable of belting vocal power beyond most everyone else's preparedness. Listen to her sing solo, and you will hear and feel what rich power of Gospel. Hear her sing, matched to vocal perfection with her 9 group members of HIGHEST PRAISE to thus hear cascading harmonies strong enough to shake the waters, rafters, and ceiling on the arena. Full voiced Gospel harmonies beyond definition, power that captures and enraptures the listener through the Holy Spirit, and brings Soul to Divine Music.
"'Katrice Cornett & Highest Praise' came to be because our group title needed an additional name to fill the bill, my name was unusual enough to really stand out, so that is how it came to be. As a result of making myself available to do what God called me to do, I was led to experiences and witnessed blessings well beyond my original expectations. God always uses His people to do what He wants and there are no exceptions. Jesus is always on call, and when you realize that, the more you are justly elevated by Him. With my current group "Highest Praise", we have been singing for 14 years together, yes, we've been performing every year since 2002. I realize I was made to sing since the age of 4 and I have always had a passion and I knew I was one who simply had to sing. I never asked for this, though I love to sing very much, but I realistically never intended to be a singer. I do teach artists of all ages how to develop their skills beyond their musical ability. Through HP Visual Connections I furnish Artists with valuable missing pieces in their career plan. Those who are highly creative in nature do sometimes overlook these important elements; perhaps in life they got distracted and simply went uneducated of these incredibly significant lessons. Many Artists miss out on having their desired long term careers simply because of poor financial planning, or no planning at all; often many of the pitfalls that occur over time can prove devastating, if ignored. If they didn't at first become successful, stable, or self-sufficient by a certain age, many of their first instincts, are to give up. I gather them, sit them down, and offer the best alternatives to giving up. I show them ways to promote and market their music in the Industry, through Independent Artist Development, a to-do-list as well as not-to-do-list, basic vocabulary terminology of terms to steer in opportunity, and all basic preparation needed. Careers get started off in the right direction this way."
Ms. Katrice Cornet, indeed in great demand these days, having just finished taping the TV Show called 'One Smart Lady' (a motivational and highly inspirational talk session hosted by published Christian Authors). She opened the show and received greatly positive Musical reviews. She is the Administrator of “Driven for Ministry” the newest TV Show on the Light Media Network that is a platform for Independent Gospel/Christian Artist.
"Musically, I am a fan of Stephen Hurd, Kim Walker-Smith, Chris Tomlin, Jason Nelson, also many local Gospel groups here in New Jersey, who are absolutely phenomenal. Opening for them and working with them would be an opportunity I would greatly relish. I like involving myself in events that include the Community and especially Education. I just had a role in a gospel stage play, at Rowan University, which required me to sing and I also played the school teacher Ms. Riggs. When it comes to booking my shows, I go anywhere I am called and needed. No stage is too big or too small, and as far as I am concerned everyone has the right to hear the Word of God. Since it is my calling, 'price' should never be a determining factor."
Katrice Cornett's new music will be next available in August of 2015, when she is due to release her Sophomore Gospel Album, ”Ordained”
Ms. Cornett, is indeed an American Treasure for all to celebrate, support, and cherish. We so much look forward to hearing her great music in the many years to come.
J-Zak, reporting from New York.
HP Visual Connections, LLC/Entertainment
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