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GOSPELflava caught up with Bishop J. Drew Sheard, General Board Member of the Church of God in Christ, founding pastor of the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ and unapologetically proud Executive Producer of the newest offering from Karew Records,  Bishop J. Drew Sheard Presents GEI LIVE.  The 13 song disc which made its debut at #5 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart features the music ministry of the GEI Choirs that render praise to God in song every Sunday under the capable leadership of their minister of music, Elder Derrick Starks.  Bishop Sheard talks about the album and the messages intended for the listeners to take home.

GOSPELflava: Bishop Sheard, thanks so much for taking time to talk to us.  The GEI Live album has been touted as one of the most highly anticipated projects to look for this year.  Tell us how the project came to fruition.

Bishop Sheard: As you know, we’ve recorded the choirs before in years past. A few years ago our choir director relocated to Dallas, so I put out a search to find someone that would fit into our ministry.  We were able to touch Elder Derrick Starks, who at the time was working with the late Pastor Andrae Crouch at Christ Memorial , and after some dialogue we were able to get him to come back home (as he’s originally from Detroit) and he became our Minister of Music.

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