Brother, minister, son, praise and worship leader, and intercessor. These roles only scratch the surface when it comes to Min. D. Jakolby Washington, lead vocalist on the Freedom to Worship album, and the visionary behind JudahLYFE Ministries. Known to everyone as Derrick, and confident in God to identify himself as a worshiper, Min D. Jakolby Washington has a mind to lead and a heart to serve God’s people. The Florida-native says that he grew up as a “drug baby.” His grandmother didn’t take him to church—she drug him to church. Even still, his upbringing has shaped him into the man he is today: a man with an unapologetic faith, a passion for the preached word, and overall radical pursuit of God’s heart in worship.
After graduating from St. Leo University, he relocated to Washington D.C. in 2006 to further pursue his education and received a Masters in Social Work from the Howard University. While on the path to pursue a Masters of Divinity at Howard University, an even greater purpose was coming together—right before him. In 2010, Min D. Jakolby Washington launched JudahLYFE Ministries, a body of believers devoted to praise and worship unto God.
On August 21, 2010 Min. D. Jakolby Washington and the JudahLYFE team lead a full congregation in praise and worship through music, dance, and intercession to capture and share God’s heart with the world. This experience led to the 10 track debut album by Min. D. Jakolby Washington & JudahLYFE entitled Freedom to Worship.
Freedom to Worship goes beyond church as usual and dives deep into the very heart of a man that is thankful, and ever ready to receive the love that only a divine Father can give. Each track offers its own unique blend and feel. High energy gospel “shout” songs, classically infused ballads, reverent yet heart shaking arrangements, to spontaneous moments of adoration work together to offer an organic musical blend that grips the heart and opens the listener’s ear to the good news. “I Surrender My Life,” the first single off Freedom to Worship, was released online and is available on iTunes, Amazon, Zune, Radio Rhapsody, Spotify, and other digital platforms.
Min. D. Jakolby & JudahLYFE minister at churches and community events throughout the DC metro area. In addition to Freedom to Worship, Min. D. Jakolby launched a corporate prayer line that reaches callers throughout the nation and as far as Canada. JudahLYFE Ministries also promotes The JudahLYFE Radio Show, an online radio program centered on praise and worship. Through all of these projects Min. D. Jakolby Washington continues to live with integrity of heart and consistency of his belief,s never forgetting the Source of his accomplishments.