May 15th, 2020
Derrick Bridges stops by to talk about his music, ministry and to share a relevant word. You don't want to miss a word of this incredible interview.
Derrick L. Bridges is a singer, songwriter, musician and gospel artist, who was born into a rich family heritage of gospel music. His first singing obligation came as he traveled with his family group, The Voices of Harmony, led by his great aunt, Pastor Elsie Rhodes. His childhood consisted of singing and traveling with the likes of Kevin Youngblood & the New Creation, Marquis Powell and the Interfaith Choir, The Mississippi Fine Arts & Seminar Choir and more. At the request of his pastor, Reverend Eddie Porter, he accepted the role of his church director of music position at the age of eleven. Derrick formed his own gospel group, The Harmony Five, at the age of thirteen. This group later became known as CWV (Children with Voices) after the desire to participate from other youth from the community. At the age of fifteen, he was asked to be the lead singer of The Brothers in Christ.
Derrick’s degrees and formal education came at the hands of Jones County Junior College and the University of Southern Mississippi. Named the 2018 Male Vocalist of the Year for the Gulf Coast Gospel Music Awards, Derrick is currently serving as a church musician on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He served as the Minister of Music for the Shiloh MB Church Association and as the Assistant Choir Director for the Mississippi State National Baptist Church State Choir. He has been the featured guest at The Gathering and has appeared on the nationally syndicated TBN’s Praise the Lord broadcast. He has had the privilege of sharing the stage with the likes of Richard Smallwood, Daryl Coley, Norman Hutchins, Myrna Summers, Dr. Raymond Wise, Dr. Leonard Scott, Apostle Ronnie “Diamond” Hoard and others.
In 2012 immediately following the untimely death of his grandmother, Hazel Williams Bridges, Derrick saw the Lord and birthed TranZparent Music, Inc. Through this ministry, workshops, seminars, nights of worship and other experiences have been released. TranZparent music has touched lives from New York to Atlanta to New Orleans. The group has received nominations from the Gulf Coast Gospel Music Awards, the Prayze Factor Awards, the Voices of Gospel Awards to name a few. The group released its long-awaited debut single, “Magnify”, in October 2018 at the NOLA Praise Fest. The single was produced by Drei Hurd of the Society of Soul.
Bridges has a vision and desire to empower, educate and equip saints for Kingdom work. He conducts workshops, trains directors and musicians and is a staple in the Southern region when it comes to music ministry and education. He has mentored many individuals near and far, many of whom have been released into their own music ministries. Derrick offers himself to area churches as he produces, “Let’s Talk Live”, a talk-show styled roundtable discussion about music and ministry.
Derrick Bridges and TranZparent—a ministry about God’s presence for God’s people.
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