Lori'El

Lori'El

BandR&BGospel

Biography

Natural actress, dynamic singer, exquisite songwriter, brilliant producer.......... all things that describe Lori El. Bringing a bold, fresh contemporary style to gospel music, Lori El is a captivating artist. The energy she exudes when performing will leave you breathless and in awe of the unique gift those she posses. In her effort to bring Christ to the forefront of her message, her style ranges from energetic praise to life-changing worship and everything in between. Audiences young and old are drawn to this passionate songstress who always gives it to you in a real, no-nonsense way, because she loves you.

At the young age of 12, this Richmond, Virginia native, accepted Christ and began to learn the fundamentals of faith and how to apply the Word of God practically in her life. This was done while under the ministry of Pastor Steve Parson of Faith Alive International Ministries in her hometown. Upon graduating high school, Lori El chose to further her education by attending Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This was a place where she could not only grow academically, but also spiritually and where she began developing her vocal talent. She began singing and traveling with "Souls A Fire", a dynamic group of young people, founded by Bishop Carlton Pearson. Their mission was to spread the gospel to their peers in a relatable way while using the gifts that God gave them. After completing her studies in Tulsa, Lori moved to Los Angeles for a number of years. Here she continued to master her skills vocally, musically, and in television production. While in L.A, Lori El met and worked with a number of artists and had the opportunity to sing with gospel greats Byron Cage, Dorothy Norwood, Gladys Knight, and Kurt Carr.

Lori El has always had a heart for ministering to youth and the youth ministry at her home-church in Virginia continued to tug at her hear while in Los Angeles. While in school Lori El made trips home to visit her family and always made a point to help out in the youth ministry, but after being in L.A. that wasn't enough. She made the decision to return home and shortly thereafter she began overseeing the youth music ministry. Here she was able to combine her two passions, youth and music. During her time there Lori El started "Youth on the Rise" a ministry where she focused on sharing the gospel with teenagers and teaching them how to develop a real relationship with Christ. From this ministry she also founded a group of talented teenage girls who became known as "Fresh Anointing". The group became know throughout the city of Richmond for their beautifully blended voices and their melodic harmonies. After winning a local talent search, "Fresh Anointing" went on to compete on BET’s (Black Entertainment Television) Teen Summit.

In 2000, Lori El felt that God was calling her to use her gift in an even broader aspect so that she could reach more people. She then began working on her first solo project entitled "It's All About Him". On this album, Lori El strived to incorporate her passion for praise and worship through a variety of musical styles. Here she combined smooth melodies, contemporary beats and strong urban undertones to produce songs that could be enjoyed by all age groups. With her powerful vocals and lyrically stirring songs, Lori El touched the hearts of many with an album that has been labeled "fresh, bold, and unique". "It's All About Him" soon caught the attention of executives at Born Again Records in Los Angeles, California. It was then picked up Lightyear/WEA and became distributed nationally as "My Everything". Listening to "My Everything", you can easily tell that the album is about the most important man in her life, Jesus Christ.

In 2002, Lori El debuted as a solo artist in front of an audience of over 1500 people at her packed album release concert. It was here that she received her first of many standing ovations. Stacked with dancers, skits, and a guest performance on the bongos by her pastor, Pastor Steve Parson, this concert was just confirmation that Lori El was doing exactly what God had called her to do.

In November 2003, Lori El was invited to perform in the nationally acclaimed stage production, "When a Woman’s Fed Up", starring R&B recording artists Glenn Jones and Lenny Williams. This play was an opportunity for her to hone her acting skills while also sharing her gift of song in a venue that was different from her norm.

As a soloist, Lori El has graced the stage with Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond and Trinitie 5:7. She has also toured on the "Power for Life" tour with Fred Hammond, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Detrick Haddon, and Men of Standard. Lori El has had the wonderful opportunity to perform in El Salvador, Brazil, where her heartfelt ballad "You" held the No.1 position for weeks on the Brazilian music charts. Whether she's on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) ministering or on the streets of Washington D.C. performing at the ci