If ever there was a time for a fresh voice in Gospel music, one that is used focused solely to point listeners to the cross, that time is now. With immeasurable devastation being experienced throughout the world, and the kingdom of God itself coming under bold attacks everyday, Dr. Claybon Lea, Jr. is here to proclaim through song that God is still on the throne and still worthy to be praised.
Dr. Claybon Lea, Jr. is new to Gospel music but he’s been immersed in ministry for most of his life. He was just 16 years old when he accepted the call to preach, and currently serves as senior pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield, California. He is also regional vice president of the National Baptist Convention; a doctoral student and, moreover, a dedicated husband and father. With all of these responsibilities, one may ask why a CD project – and why now? “This project came about because God wouldn’t let me alone about it,” laughs Dr. Lea – a lifelong musician and praise and worship leader. “It’s way past time for me to do a recording project and God lined everything up for me to release this project now. I know that the will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you, so I just went forward creatively as I was led by God to do,” he says.
Dr. Lea’s musical talents have always operated parallel to his calling to preach the Word of God. He began playing drums at the age of 5, went on to learn piano and organ, and has played most brass instruments including tuba.
While pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in religion at Morehouse College, Lea was a member of the renowned Morehouse College Glee Club (along with Gospel artist Byron Cage) and pianist for the Morehouse College Jazz Ensemble.Later, while working on his Master of Divinity Degree at Union Theological Seminary in New York, Lea organized and directed the Union Gospel Choir and served as
Baptist Campus Minister and keyboardist for the Columbia University Gospel Choir. He was also a keyboardist in Vy Higginson’s seminal stage play Mama I Want to Sing.
IT’S ABOUT TIME is a project that brings all of Lea’s gifts, and his love for the Word of God, full circle. It is his goal for people to feel God’s love through his music, and to be ushered into a spirit of praise and reverence.
Lea wrote all but two of the songs on the project, which was recorded partly live and partly in-studio. “It was a wonderful experience,” he says of the process. “I learned
and lot, grew a lot and it was a different way of experiencing God.” The first single, “We Worship You,” is an up tempo anthem that introduces listeners to the voice and heart of Dr. Claybon Lea, Jr. “The bible says that God inhabits the praises of his people, and also that God loves those who worship in spirit and in truth,” Lea says of the song. “At the heart of every Christian is worship and I love to worship the Lord.”