The line between secular and gospel music is a thin one, and while a good number of artists have been able to successfully walk the tightrope of both genres, very few have been able to blend both sounds into one art form. Enter, Frank Henderson. Even though Frank Henderson is both a gospel vocalist and a minister, you won't find him doing the traditional hand clapping, foot stomping, over-the-top performances normally associated with most gospel artists. That's not Henderson's style. With a mindset that's in tune with R&B as much as it is sacred music, it's no wonder why both secular and gospel audiences were calling Henderson the R. Kelly of the gospel world when he first stepped onto the music scene. Blessed with a rich voice that can be both smooth and edgy, Henderson is a vocalist/songwriter and musician that you instantly notice once he takes the stage. More David Hollister than James Cleveland, Henderson blends a wide variety of sounds and styles in his music to create sound that's all his own. With Henderson, you get some R&B, a bit of soul topped off with a little funk just for good measure. Some in the traditional church crowd might say that Henderson's mixing gospel with the Devil's Music. Henderson just sees it as his way of artistic expression. I see myself as a pioneer in the sense of you seeing a lot of people making a more authentic music, Henderson says. I've never put any boundaries on my music, so I plan on including anyone that wants to hear my sound. People like to categorize their lives, so I want to make my music where it's not able to be put in a box, but just be considered good music. Henderson's debut CD, Urban Inspiration, became a cutting-edge, independent classic in the gospel music world. With it's sublime mixture of R&B and soul in a gospel package, Urban Inspiration gained the attention of secular radio, which was Henderson's goal all along. Henderson plans to take his next album, which is currently being recorded, to an even higher plateau than Urban Inspiration reached. I m trying to take my music a little deeper this time, because I recognize that the audience I m trying to reach needs to relate to my sound better, Henderson says. My last album, I was talking about taking my music outside the four walls of the church, but I was still in some respects speaking church. This time I want to be more urban and relate to even more people. It's that urban side of the music that keeps Henderson on the innovative curve of gospel. Although his lyrics give you an uplifting message of enlightenment, Henderson understands it's not a sin to get your hips moving and fingers popping to get his message across. So be on the lookout, if Frank Henderson has his way, he'll be moving you both physically and spiritually in the near future.
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