Friday, August 7, 2009
Larry Rodgers To Perform At Y-HOPE? Youth Concert!
At the tender age of 3 years old, his mother realized that he was blessed with a gift to entertain. A native of St. Louis, MO, Larry began singing and dancing in numerous talent shows around the city where he frequently won 1st Place. When Larry was 16 years old, he decided to pursue a professional career in the entertainment field by moving to California which led him to touring around the world and gracing the stages with such artists as MC Hammer, TLC, and Boyz II Men. Some of his television performances include The Billboard Awards, Grammy’s, American Music Awards and Saturday Night Live. Larry was also a friend of Tupac, Dr. Dre, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and was the God brother of the founder of gangster rap, Easy E of the rap group NWA. But one day Larry realized that the life he was living promoted negative images and was damaging the lives of others – especially the youth, who seem to glorify the life of wealth and fame. In 1995, Larry’s life began to change for the better. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into his life. Then in 1999, he accepted the call to ministry as a licensed minister and youth chaplain.
While the earlier years of his life focused on showcasing his talents for entertainment purposes, Larry now only uses the gifts and talents that he’s been blessed with to glorify God. He has worked with such artists as Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, Marvin Sapp, Tonex, Virtue and others. As an accomplished Christian rap artist, songwriter, producer and author, Larry is CEO & Co-Founder, along with his wife Paris, of independent gospel label ForWord Records. His mentor is James Roberson, Founder of JDI Records. Larry released his debut album in 1999 entitled, “I Can’t Stop Thanking God”. His sophomore album “Walking By Faith” was released in 2001. On this powerful, spirit filled CD, Larry takes Gospel music to another level that’s guaranteed to bless your heart, mind and soul. He also shares part of his testimony speaking about being a victim of child abuse and assuring other children that they can make it out of a horrible situation. His third CD entitled “To God Be The Glory,” was released in March 2005 which was followed by his forth CD entitled “I Love Jesus”. He has just completed his fifth CD entitled “God’s Love Is Neverending” which will be released in the near future.
Although Larry is anointed with the gift of music, his calling is as a Minister first. Larry and Paris attend The House of Deliverance Church in Berkeley, MO. Larry & Paris are both very active members at their church as he is the Youth Chaplain and they are both Youth Sunday School teachers. Larry also tours around the world preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and has ministered through word and song at numerous speaking engagements across the country. He teaches special programs to children in the public schools and he has created his own music seminars, and has spoken at several others as well, where he shares information to inspiring artists, singers, song writers, producers, etc. And if that isn’t enough to keep him busy, Larry is also the Co-Host of the radio program “Let’s Talk Music” on KSTL 690 AM. He and his wife have also started an organization called “Young People Living Right, Inc.” teaching at risk youth on being positive through education and music also. The objective is to offer an alternative to doing things that are not good in the eyesight of God and offering love as God’s Word tells us to do. Larry’s first and foremost priority is his love and responsibility as a man of God. Visit www.myspace.com/larryrodgers