HOUSTON – It all started in Chickasaw County for Brenda Whitlock and she brought her latest songs back for the people who know her music best.
Whitlock sang “Not Gonna Let Nobody Take My Crown” and also sang “Double Dose (of the Holy Ghost)” to the delight of the crowd in attendance at Live in the Park last week as part of the regular Thursday afternoon talent showcase in downtown Houston.
“Not Gonna Let Nobody Take My Crown” was released earlier this year and has been a solid favorite on gospel radio channels. “Double Dose” is being release this month and Whitlock feels good about this tune.
“’Double Dose’ is lively and folks who have heard me sing it talk about how you can’t help but tap your feet to it,” said Whitlock. “If you’ve ever been touched by the Holy Ghost, you want it again and you want more of it.”
The crowd at Live in the Park clapped after hearing it for the first time.
“’Not Gonna Let Nobody Take My Crown,” is about holding on to our joy,” said Whitlock. “Life is not easy and when times get hard we need to look to Jesus and the crown He has promised His followers if they stay true to Him.”
Whitlock said she lost her husband and several very close friends over the past two years and this song came from life experiences. She said it was written one deep, dark night after a concert.
“We don’t need to let anything steal our joy,” said Whitlock. “We all have hurts and we all have scars, but we don’t need to ever lose our joy.”
Whitlock said growing up in Chickasaw County and singing in local churches prepared her for a life in Gospel music.
“I stay busy and have just returned from a tour through Kentucky and West Virginia,” said Whitlock. “It all started here and while I give God all the credit for my success, a lot of people have helped me and supported me through the years.”
Whitlock said she guessed she started singing when she was about 7 or 8-years-old.
“I was a member of Bethany Church of God of Prophecy in Shake Rag just outside of Okolona,” said Whitlock. “We had a group of little kids and they called us ‘The Gleaners,’ and the pastor let us sing every Sunday.
“I learned to play a piano at that church,” she added. “It influenced my faith and my music and I was so blessed to have grown up there.”
Whitlock was traveling with Peggy Moreland, of Smithville, last week and Moreland took the microphone to sing several Gospel tunes and spell Whitlock for a few minutes.
“Singing in public and outside can be difficult,” said Whitlock. “But you never know who might be walking by, hear your music and be touched by the Holy Spirit and see their life changed.”
Whitlock can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (662) 871-8336, or by emailing email@example.com