MOTOWN Gospel Artist
For nearly three decades, PAUL PORTER has endeared himself to Gospel music lovers around the world. As a founding member, leading vocalist, songwriter, and producer of the legendary group, THE CHRISTIANAIRES, he earned numerous nominations and awards including, GRAMMY®, DOVE, and STELLAR Awards and was inducted into the GOSPEL MUSIC HALL of FAME.
The PAUL PORTER Story
While his musical accomplishments are impressive, his personal testimony of triumph over illness is nothing short of Miraculous. “In 1996, I had an aneurysm on the brain”, Paul shares. “I was paralyzed (couldn’t walk or talk), and I lost my memory.” “I was confined to the bed approximately 1 year and 6 months.” “From 1996-2006, I went through all of the transitions: from the bed to the wheelchair to the walker to the cane”. “In June 2006, I dropped the cane!”
During his recovery, Paul continued to record and travel, as well as, perform with The Christianaires. In 2006, after 25 successful years with The Christianaires, Paul made the difficult decision to leave and pursue his career as a solo artist. “It has been a tremendous struggle, but it has been so much fun”. The scripture, “I can do all things through Christ which strenghteneth me” (Philippians 4:13) is a true testament of my life. “It has meant discovering myself all over again and figuring out what I could do on my own”. “The musical aspect and the ministry was the easy part. Discovering and defining myself as a solo artist was the challenge.”
Without question, the most personal song on the F.R.E.E. Project (MOTOWN Gospel) is the churchy anthem, “You Can’t Give Up”. “When I heard the melody, it was so spiritual, I started hearing a song that would give people encouragement from what I had experienced through my illness”, Paul shares. “That’s why I wrote, “You Can’t Give Up”. “GOD brought me from subzero to 100 percent”.
“Growing up in Detroit, Michigan, I listened to Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, and every other artist on STAX and MOTOWN”. “I was doing all of this music research, singing, and studying, not knowing that GOD was preparing me for what HE wanted me to do”.
PAUL PORTER and The Christianaires
PAUL PORTER and The Christianaires are continuously spreading the good news of Jesus Christ through song throughout the country. On May 4, 2017, Paul Porter and The Christianaires performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and on October 11, 2020, the performed at the Mississippi State Fair. Both open air events bolsters well over 500,000 attendees annually. Also, the renowned quartet voice, Paul Porter, joined the 2017 McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour— the longest-running brand owned gospel music tour and the powerful line-up pleased fans nationwide.
The song, “You That I Trust”, by the Late Bishop Rance Allen and Paul Porter was nominated for a 2020 Recording Academy GRAMMY Award for the Best Gospel Song and the song has received well over 7,000,000 views on YouTube.
EXCERPT FROM BILLBOARD:
Monica Lisa Stevenson's "I'm Not Ashamed," featuring Paul Porter, rose to No. 1 on Billboard's Gospel Airplay Chart (dated July 24, 2021). In the tracking week ending July 18, the collaboration gained by 20% in plays, according to MRC Data.
The song marked the first leader on the chart for both acts. It was Monica Lisa Stevenson's first entry and Paul Porter's fifth.
"I was literally shocked," Stevenson shared with Billboard of hearing news of her first No. 1.
As for veteran gospel singer, Paul Porter, who hails from Detroit, he previously hit a high point guest appearing on The Rance Allen Group's "You That I Trust" (No. 17, 2011).
PAUL PORTER and The Christianaires endeavor to keep sharing Christian and Gospel Music with the World.
The Healing Testimony
You That I Trust
You've Been So Good
I'm A Walking MIRACLE
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