Hope Askew

Hope Askew

BandR&BGospel

Hope's music is of the Urban Inspirational Genre. It can better be described as Neo Soul/ R & B music with Christian Inspired Lyrics and a vocal ID that can only be delivered by Hope in her own God given way. Listen and be refreshed, for something new is happening!

Biography

Hope Askew is not bound. Her music ministry has a unique sound, and the delivery of that ministry is an electric, fun and intensely poured out affair of her heart. Whether listening to her new project or watching her on stage, you can clearly see the freedom and joy she lives with.

Unlike many Gospel artists, Hopes career did not begin in the Church. Since childhood, Hope has wowed audiences with her self-written song messages and natural talent. At the age of fifteen, Hope began her professional music career. Hope had written a hosts of R & B songs, released an international single in Germany titled, "I don't have no time" and released a regional single titled, “The Hoop” in the US. With help from her manager, Shelton Flyth, she also landed an opening spot on Ginuwine's Pony Tour. In addition, she is an honorary undefeated champion on the "Amateur Night at the Apollo" show. It was during this season that God called Hope into what is now her new walk with God. Little did Hope know, her greatest work would come in the year 2000 when she gave her life to Christ and started writing songs about her new love and her new experiences.

Hope Askew's first gospel label release was the CD single "Try Jesus". The song received rave reviews and is constantly being played and requested throughout the US. In a custom critique by Taxi staff, the song was said to have, "a very cool lift", "Feels real good...interesting and fresh".

Hope's debut album, Always Hope, was released in November of 2004. The first single entitled, "Don't want to live without you" was placed on the National Gospel Truth Magazine Compilation (#20) cd. She was featured there with Smokey Robinson and many other great national acts. Hope went on to tape several TV shows including WGN’s Singsation in Chicago, Bobby Jones Gospel, and has been on the cover of Gospel USA and appeared in many national magazines.

Hope has been blessed to share the stage with Pastor Andrae Crouch, Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, Martha Minuzzi, Donald Lawrence and Tri- City, J Moss and Ty Tribbett to name a few.

Hopes’ newest project, Life, Love, & Music, was produced and recorded by Ray Braswell Jr. and Jamal Lewis for Raymarkable studios. This project is for all walks of life and full of surprises. It is URBAN, TRADITIONAL, CONTEMPORARY, NEO-SOUL, AND RIGHT ON TIME!

Life represents the precious gift that God has bestowed unto us to cherish in good and bad times, Love is God and Music stands for the music ministry that the Lord has bestowed unto Hope to reach the masses: saved and unsaved! You are invited to share the journey of Life, Love, & Music.

Hope hails from Hampton Roads, Virginia where she worships at Second Calvary Baptist Church under the leadership direction of Dr. Geoffrey V. Guns.

Lyrics

I Try

Written By: Hope Askew

I Try, I Try & I Try
I cant seem to get it right
If I keep my eyes on you
I know that you will see me through
I Try, I Try & I Try
I got to keep up the fight
This war with my flesh aint right
by your grace I will stand upright

It seems my life has been so very hard
Sometimes its hard to try and live the part
Do what my God would have me to do
This heart of mine, Im so sick of you

I Try, I Try & I Try
I got to keep up the fight
This war with my flesh aint right
by your grace I will stand upright
I Try, I Try & I Try
I cant seem to get it right
If I keep my eyes on you
I know that you will see me through

The heart is deceitful this I know
In your word I know my new heart can grow At first it was so hard to change my ways I pray for your new mercies everyday

I know its my fault cuz I give in sometimes to the things I know are bad. Will you take my hand and show me the way show me how to live your way because I love you Lord and I need you because I know you love me too. And that is why Im forever with you oh
I ask forgiveness every day I want to live in that faithful way. Do what my God has asked me to do. Forget the world Im so in love with you...

Wherever you want me to go
Whatever you want from me
My heart my mind and my soul
Forever my life extends to you
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Discography

Hope is currently being played on many radio stations throughout the free world. She has reached success with the songs: Dont want to live without you, Try Jesus, Dance Like David, His Love, & I Try which was released on June 30th, 2008.

Set List

The typical set for Hope is 30 minutes, although they have been known to be longer or shorter. Hope mostly sings songs from the Life, Love & Music Album with a mix of cover songs depending on the audience and surroundings. Covers can include Alabaster Box, and various other songs.