'Everyone has a journey in life.' states singer, songwriter, producer 'Briss.' 'From the womb to the grave,' Briss. continues, '...everyone goes from a place ...to a place with various stops along the way called experiences.' 'Every experience, every situation, friends we meet, things we go through, and our relationships are all a part of this journey.' 'At the end of the journey, those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ will get to see His Face and praise God in Heaven forever.' says Briss. 'In fact, even becoming a Christian, from accepting Jesus, or running away trying to hide, to growing in Him, and living life to the fullest through Him, is all a part of this journey. That's what this album is all about.' Briss.' much-anticipated debut solo album entitled 'THE JOURNEY' will be released this fall. He continues, 'Each song on the album is about a certain part of the journey. Just like life, it's deep and it's light at the same time. Christians like to dance...we like to party and get our groove on so 'We can Party' is about that. Christians have relationships and fall in love...so 'The Time Song' is about that journey. We go through some tough times and wonder how in the world we made it through...so 'Chariots-n-Horses' which is based on Psalms 20:7 is about that.' 'Everything from life... to death... to the time we say 'Lord, I Yield...I want to be what You want me to be - Just 'Have Your Way With Me!' it's all there.' When asked if THE JOURNEY is about his life, Briss.' shyly replies, 'Yeah, sort of.... but then again I think it's more about 'having Life' through Jesus than about just my own.' The journey of singer, songwriter, producer, William C. Brister, Jr. (known as 'Briss.' by his friends and family) began in Plainfield, NJ where he was born and raised. As a child, Briss grew up listening to the soulful sounds of his dad's R&B/Funk band (known as The Sagittarian Fire) rehearse into the wee hours of the night. He was taught to always hear the music for himself & to always bring himself to the music. ' I would sneak and stay up to listen to them rehearse. Sometimes I'd get in trouble but after a while, since they couldn't get rid of me, I was allowed to hang around.' Briss accepted Jesus Christ at a young age and began singing in the church choir. Throughout his life he was exposed to all types of music from Gospel, R&B, Pop, Funk, Classical, to Jazz. His musical influences include Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson, Whitney Houston, Rev. Darryl Coley, Ce Ce Winans, Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, and his all-time favorite...- Stevie Wonder. 'He can do it all.... he can play, write, sing, produce...and I believe he loves the Lord' says Briss. Briss has accepted his calling and currently serves as the Minister of Music at Ocean Avenue Baptist Church in Jersey City, NJ. 'It's a growing music ministry that's striving to be like King David. 'We strive to seek after the heart of the Lord in our passion, dedication, and commitment to learning God's word and ministering in song.' says Briss. In 1998, Briss. was a featured vocalist on the Sony/Word album release entitled 'A Mighty Fortress' by C.D. Hawkins and Singers. He is also an accomplished actor with a cameo singing appearance on the NBC Daytime Drama 'Another World.' He has also appeared in numerous Gospel stage plays. Briss., who was recently married this August, is set to release his debut solo urban-contemporary Gospel album entitled ' THE JOURNEY' on October 10, 2000 on his own label - Agape' MusicWorks. Briss. wrote and/or co-wrote each song and also sat in the Executive Producer seat for the first time. Briss states, ' I'm very happy with the album. I really wanted to just be myself and let God have His way. Everyone has their own journey. I have mine. You have yours. Each song captures a different part of the journey. I think there's an experience here that most people can relate to. You laugh...You cry...and it's not pretty all the time, but with Jesus, you can still count it all Joy and even have some fun along the way!' For interviews and performances contact Holly Cooper of Holly Cooper & Associates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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