Only God could bring these anointed minstrels together for such a time as this!
Prior to becoming Sounds of Fire, these ministers were already spreading the Gospel. Sounds of Fire includes a pastor, a co-pastor, a choir director, Gospel songwriters, and praise team and choir leaders. Some of the ministers have already worked with notable Gospel greats, such as Grammy Award nominee Joe Pace of Colorado Mass Choir and Bobby Jones of Bobby Jones Gospel on BET. Others have done background vocals for ministers such as Helen Baylor, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Shirley Caesar, Daryl Coley, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and Byron Cage.
Gradually, God brought them all together to be Sounds of Fire.
Also known as SOF, Sounds of Fire has a unique flavor of Gospel. The lyrics are targeted to minister far beyond the diluted lyrics that are becoming more and more commonplace in today's Gospel music. According to songwriter and co-producer Tymesha Brewer, "we want to minister the matters of the heart and the promises of God to His people."
The music is a refreshing and much needed alternative to much of today's Gospel music. For producer Gerald "Noiz" Brewer, "(our music) is the presence of today's technology fused with the contemporary jazz, R&B, and disco of the '70s and early '80s." Producer Lily Richardson humorously prefers to be more succinct, "Hmmmm...I would describe it as jazzy."
But it's not all jazzy. "Jamaican Praize" is guaranteed to make you wish you were "pon di island" praising God while drinking a virgin pina colada. And "Same God" is definitely influenced by the today's hip-hop, complete with Gerald "Noiz" Brewer's own feelings about some of the rappers that he's heard:
"I don't understand how you rap about the fanny,
(but then you) turn around and thank God when you get a Grammy"
Perhaps more noteworthy are the worship ballads, such as "Give Him the Praise" and "Lord I Worship You." During the live recording of "By My Spirit," the presence of God was so strong that even the recording engineer began to weep!
No matter how diversified the music or individuals that make Sounds of Fire what it has become today, their most important goal is to minister the Word of God through song in all arenas whether great or small.
"God has commissioned us to do His will, and we will do no less!" --Paula Price, lead and background vocalist.