Mike Turner

Mike Turner

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Mike Turner's music can be described as spiritually uplifting and soothing as he takes you on a worship journey through the word of God. From harmonious choral to groovy high praise, this project is diverse with one common thread...The Annointing of the Holy Spirit.

Biography

Mike Turner was born in New Orleans, Louisiana into a musical family. His parents were both singers. Music appreciation was a natural part of the Turner lifestyle as many different genres of music were heard. These influences formed the framework for Mike’s songwriting and performance skills. He always had a toy horn in his mouth or a drumstick in his hand. Over the years Mike has played clarinet, trumpet, and saxophone, yet it is the piano, drums and vocals that have enabled him to become a well-rounded musician.

His music ministry began at the First Street United Methodist Church where he first heard the hymns, anthems, and Zion songs that he still draws on for inspiration. He later joined the internationally renowned New Orleans Gospel Soul Children, who under the direction of the innovative director, Albert Hadley, were famous for their dynamic performances. Under the mentorship of Hadley, Mike flourished as a soloist and musician. He also credits his brother Charles for his early musical training.

As Mike’s musical horizons broadened, his schedule became unusually busy for such a young man. There was school, gigs with his older brother’s top 40 band and constant engagements with the Gospel Soul Children. He continued to sing with them until the untimely passing of director Albert S. Hadley, his beloved mentor. Mike continued his formal music education at Xavier University. While there, he traveled to Rome and blessed the Pope with his singing. His ambition for success led him to Los Angeles, California in 1989.

In less than 3 years, Mike became an MCA recording artist with the singing group “Front Page”, composed theme songs for the NBC show “Sunday’s Best”, HBO’s “News To Us”, and commercial spots for Diet Coke and Montgomery Ward. As a member of “Front Page”, Mike also had the opportunity to work with such noted industry producers as Andre Fisher, Kashif, Norman Whitfield, Chris Stokes, Chris “Tricky” Steward, Cutfather, Soul Shock and Karlin just to name a few.

While working in the music business, Mike continued to minister at churches in the Greater Los Angeles area. He became minister of music at the Greater New Salem Baptist Church in 1995 - a position he still holds. In addition he is a solid drummer who performs with the Dennis Jones Band and other local artists. His spiritual growth is evident as he’s been lead by the Holy Spirit to write one scripturally based song after another.

ABOUT MIKE TURNER'S PROJECT

"CHOSEN" is Mike Turner's solo debut effort. “Chosen,” is a result of his many musical influences such as, Richard Smallwood, Kirk Franklin, Kurt Carr, John P. Kee, Earth, Wind and Fire and Luther Vandross. If you like gospel, you’ll love this CD that will surely bless people for many years to come. Mike thanks all who have been supportive of his vision, especially the love of his life, his wife, Veronica Penn-Turner.

To God be the glory!

Lyrics

Blessings and Glory

Written By: M. Turner, R. Hasley

Chorus:
Blessings and Glory
Lord you are worthy
Praises we sing to you
Our Savior
Blessings and Glory
This is our story
Jesus we worship you!
We worship you!

Bridge:
For your goodness
And your mercy
We offer you our praise
For the joy inside your glory
We bless your Holy Name!

Chorus: (1x) (same)

Bridge: (1x) (same)

Chorus:
Blessings and Glory
Lord you are worthy
Praises we sing to you
Our Savior
Blessings and Glory
This is our story
Jesus we worship you!
We worship you!
We worship you!
We worship you!

Vamp:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
We worship you!
We sing!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
We worship you!

Chosen

Written By: M. Turner, C. Moss

Somebody out there is burdened
Somebody out there is wondering what’s going on
Will I make it through this heartache?
When I’m doing the best I can, don’t understand that God has a plan
Oh yes he does

Chorus:
Don’cha you know that you are chosen
It’s only just a test of faith
Believe and he’ll see you through
Don’cha you know that you are chosen
To be his son
To be his own
You’re not alone

Somebody out there is troubled
And somebody out there is lost and they cant find their way
Can’t seem to find the faith to trust him
Just surrender to his will
He will reveal the blessing he has for you

Chorus: (same)

Bridge:
Just think about your worst times gone by
Did you ever stop to wonder, how did you make it through?
Cause it’s God who fights all your battles for you
Surrender to his will and he will reveal the blessings he has for you.

Chorus: (same)

Vamp:
If there’s a fight
In front of you
The battle he’ll see you through
You’re Chosen

Holy Ghost Fire!

Written By: M. Turner, R. Hasley

Verse 1:
Do you know the joy of the Holy Ghost?
Say Yeah!
Do you know the power of the Holy Ghost?
It gives you joy and the peace that surpasses all understanding
That’s what its power can do for you
That Holy Ghost Fire

Chorus:
Holy Ghost Fire down in your soul
Cleansing your spirit making you whole
When you feel its presence start to take control
It’s just that Holy Ghost Fire down in your soul
That burning Holy Ghost Fire down in your soul

Verse 2:
If you want the joy of the Holy Ghost Say Yeah!
If you want the power of the Holy Ghost
Well all you have to do is pray and believe that it will come your way and it will, yes it will
That Holy Ghost Fire

Chorus: (same)

Vamp:
(Sop) Holy Ghost Fire taking me higher
(Alto) It’s just the Holy Ghost, It’s just the Holy Ghost Fire It’s just the Holy Ghost, taking me higher
(Tenor) Holy Ghost, Holy Ghost, Holy Ghost Fire Fire
Holy Ghost, Holy Ghost, Holy Ghost taking you higher
(All) O Holy Ghost Fire taking me higher, higher, higher!

Discography

Chosen (2007)

Set List

Blessings and Glory
I Worship Thee
We Will Bless Your Name
Chosen
Holy Ghost Fire
Hearken Unto My Voice
I Stand Upon The Rock
The Word of Christ
Lamb of God
By The Word of God
Our Purpose