Willis Canada has traveled for over 25 years spreading the love of Jesus Christ through Southern Gospel Music. He is the recipient of many prestigious honors and awards: TWO HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREES (DIVINITY AND OF SACRED MUSIC), WHO'S WHO IN SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC, 1996 Commissioned Colonel for the States of Kentucky and Georgia, an Honorary Alabama Colonel, a Colonel, Aide-de-Camp from the Governor of New Mexico, Certificate of Special Commendation from the Governor of Virginia, an Ambassador of Goodwill Award from the states of Arkansas, Mississippi, and Florida, and honorary citizen of the states of Oklahoma and Louisiana.
BIOGRAPHYHaving been born to a father who hated me enough to almost succeed to kill me on many occasions, I struggled with feelings of being unlovable. I didn't feel GOD could ever use someone unlovable like me. I asked GOD to come into my heart at a Campus Life pizza party at age 15. I learned that GOD so loved the world but never included myself. As I look back over my life, I can see how it was as if GOD sent a force of angels to watch over me; even in my sin. He sent me a new father to raise me; protected me from harm; even from myself, and put many unbelievable opportunities before me.I sought after acceptance anyway I could find it. See I knew I loved Him but couldn't fathom Him loving me. I thought that love had to be earned somehow. People tried to get me to sing other genre’s just to get me out there, but I just never felt right. I wanted only to sing for HIM. I taught others to do what I wanted to do so much. The times I would sing for Him, left me with feelings of guilt. Then GOD gave me the opportunity to choreograph for Anita Bryant in Branson, which was in itself a miracle. She always encouraged me to sing and even had me guest star in her show now and then. She told me I had a gift, but I didn’t want to listen. I thought she was just being nice. I felt such a connection to Anita as she loved the military. She was part of the USO Tours. I loved the military from the time I was a child. I felt they were the true hero’s and always wanted their autographs. I never realized that GOD would use this love of the veterans to prove it was HIS calling me and not my own desire till I was sitting at church listening to the pastor speak of gifts that GOD gave and not using them to serve, as being disobedient. I knew he was talking to everyone but me until he added being a teacher and sending students to do what I was called to do. I prayed then and there if GOD wanted me to sing, I would spend the rest of my life serving HIM in song but HE had to open a door so I would know it was HE not me. That very afternoon I met Jerry Kelso and the Stamps Quartet. Over a month of struggling with if being asked, by Jerry, to send a sample of my voice and maybe he could produce my first CD for me, was the door. GOD, then, made it clear when Jerry called me explaining he had no’t received my sample but had written a song for me called The Freedom Flag. With my love of veterans and the fact I drive a red white and blue car, I knew it had to be GOD. Jerry was my door. If GOD would go this far to show me HE loved me and wanted me to sing and encourage others; how could I ever do anything but? Then I found Psalms 27 affirming that even when others let you down HE is there. It dawned on me that it wasn't anything I could do to earn or loose that love but what HE did. I felt love I had been searching for all of my life. So I vowed right then and there to love HIM, encourage HIS people, and serve without question or ceasing for the rest of my life. HE died for me; unworthy me. Wow! HE loved me! That changed my life forever. So here I am LORD! Use me.
MUSIC CAREERAnita Bryant Show in Branson Mo. Moe Bandy, choreographer "Positive Country Show" in Branson, as well as a Christian movie; Magdolin. Part time K through 8 music teacher at Bethel Lutheran School in Morton Illinois. Director of The Amerikids and the Quarternotes group featured nationally at Disney World, Six Flags, Branson Mo., and the White House, Washington D.C..
BIOGRAPHYAs long as I can remember, music has been a part of my life. I received the Lord Jesus at a very young age and knew right away that His hand was on my life to serve Him in the music ministry. I started in my local church playing everytime I had the opportunity.
The Lord was very gracious to send people who helped me develop as a man as well as a music minister. The Lord also blessed me with my wonderful wife Deborah. Together we have shared over 26 years of marriage together , praise the Lord.
I have witnessed God's people praise and worship in many regions of the world and it is a wonderful thing to realize the beauty that is the body of Christ. I have also had the priveledge of serving as the accompanist for Larnelle Harris for the past twelve years.
Our ministry focuses on providing resources to churches and individuals who desire to develop their music ministries. We do this in several ways:
- By providing arranging and recording services for songwriters and church music directors.
- Through our PraiseTrack music library which is now approaching 800 titles. These are to assist churches with limited music resources and personnel.
- PraiseTracks can be played back using General MIDI compatible keyboards, computers, laptops, tablets and netbooks.
- We also produce custom arrangements in the event an original soundtrack is not available or one is available but might not be in an appropriate key for your range.
- Conducting Praise and Worship concerts and workshop events.
- Consulting with music directors and other individuals having questions regarding music technology and using it to the full potential.
- Mentoring younger musicians and songwriters assisting them in finding the will of the Lord for their lives as they seek His direction. We also desire to inspire them to continue improving their skills, gifts and abilities.
My greatest desire is to be lead others to enter the presence of the Lord. In His presence you find salvation, deliverance, healing and are made more aware of their Father’s love for you as His children. One day we will all be a part of the greatest praise and worship meeting of all time, one that will last for all eternity.
David Livingston began singing at the age of nine. After accepting the gift of salvation in 1969 he felt the call to preach shortly after in 1970. After serving the local church for 18 years David felt a growing desire to pursue the calling evident on his life as a child, the call of music ministry. He stepped away from being a local pastor to begin writing and recording songs and sharing them with local, national and even some international radio stations. David has since been blessed with three number one songs and eleven in the top 40's. These last 18 years has found David traveling all over this nation and the world (Russia, Brazil and other countries) singing and preaching the sermons and singing the songs God has given him. You will truely be blessed by his music and ministry.