****We are very excited that Joe was just nominated by the IGMA(Independent Gospel Music Association) for producer of the year! Results will be aired nationally on channel UPN 38 at the end of April. We will keep you posted on the results and the exact date.
Joe has already played to many a standing ovation at the various venues he has played over the past six years. Also Joe is already receiving his share of airtime on elite radio and TV stations all over the NE area.
Joe was born on November 7, 1982 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is one of eleven children. He accepted Jesus Christ in life when he was very young and has been sold out for God and His will since about the age of 15. Growing up he always had an interest in music, but it never clicked. He started music late in my life at the age of 14 beginning with the recorder in a home school ensemble for one year and at the end of it he really developed a passion for music.
When he was 15-1/2 he was sitting in church and God spoke to him and said. "Joe, I want you to play the Saxophone for me", and he said "ok". The funny thing was he didn't even know what a saxophone was but he believed and just followed God's word that he had said to him.
On his 16th birthday he was blessed to have his first saxophone. In two weeks he began playing in church and within the next year and a half played in over 100 to 150 functions in the New England and Tri- State area. During the next three years he would write and record music with local artists and studied under a private instructor who is now one of his closest friends.
At the age of 17 he finished his first six song EP and six months later he had his first full album completed. When he was 18 he started his own music ministry and company called L.I.G.H.T. Ministries which stands for Lord. Inspired. Godly. Humble. Talents. and he currently travels with his drummer Craig Opal and play the Saxophone where ever the Lord guides.
Joe says: Because it is only by His will I live and move and have the testimony to share and be a light through the music He gives me to minister with. Just a little over three years have passed and with that has come maturity spiritually, mentally and musically. He has written over 4000 songs that range ALL genres and he recently completed his second album entitled Planning to Exceed which is currently for sale.
With 4000 songs already written, Joe has a lot of studio work to do getting these down on CD and to his loyal fans and others who want to hear what the Lord has given him. Because the majority of his music is instrumental it speaks to all ages genders, religions, and creeds.
So look for much more to come from Joe and the next CD should be released in late April or early May of 05. It will be smokin' this is a certainty.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Living in This Life of Grace
2. All Because of You
3. 1,000 Words
4. 531235( in the Process)
5. Forever Grateful
6. No Weapon Formed
7. At Your Feet
8. Midnight Sax
9. I Will
10. 90 Degrees to 360 Degrees
11. Captured By Your Love
14. Peaceful Contentment