Lanham musician Omar Mills describes his recent rise after his May release of Elyon, as eerie. A man he barely knew put up the money for Mills to produce a CD, asking nothing in return. Wouldn't every artist love for that to happen? To receive the blessing of funds to create just what and how you want to create, without the glaring eyes or intrusion of record label executives and PR spinners. Well that's exactly what Omar did - he took that money and fashioned a CD that's all about his heart - praising God Most High, Elyon. February being the month of love brings a plethora of easy listening R&B slow-jammin' CDs for the romantic at heart and Omar's offering makes an alright play for Christian romantic listening audiences. A standout on this CD is the female vocalist Nova Nelson who doubles with Omar on lead and backing vocals. Her fine Damita-like quality is pleasing to the ear and makes a beautiful match for Omar's gentle unassuming vocals adding value to the project. Omar K. Mills has been writing music since he was seven years old and all the songs were written by Omar and showcase a very pensive songwriting ability - track titles are thought-provoking such as 'Solomon's Song', 'Jacob & Rachel' and 'We will have 2 Wait'. Omar started by teaching himself basic piano and lead guitar by ear. Never completely satisfied with those instruments alone, Omar eventually learned bass guitar. Most of his songs are bass heavy and smooth as a result. Omar is capably supported by Rickushmojo - Ricky Payton Jr.,Kush el-Amin and Maurice Randolph. The project was brought together and produced by Nathan Flowers and Ricky Payton Jr. Add to this God-given ability an acting career -the play 'A Choice To Make' will feature Omar portraying the voice of Satan in this play by the VPS Choir. But don't stop there, brotha's an author as well. One of the books he's currently working on will be a graphic novel when it is complete. It brings to life several of his childhood characters. He once had dreams of being a top comic book artist for Marvel Comics Group. With this book he hopes to indulge that dream. Omar's music can now be heard in four US cities - Baltimore and Lanham Maryland, Flint Michigan and Rockingham North Carolina. Omar's been blessed by the God he serves and he wants everyone to know that God loves them. His goal is also to create music that everyone can enjoy and be blessed by. Mission accomplished - at least I have full confidence that the romantically inclined will simply snuggle together, readily dim the lights and press play. By: Kathy Grant Mahon.
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