Pastor James Douglas - Featured Artist
BioJames E. Douglas
is a passionate singer, song-writer, and biblical teacher, who desires to be a living testament of God’s grace, mercy, and unconditional love. As an ordained preacher, Douglas has been called by God and blessed with the gift of song. Drawing inspiration from his family and the likes of musical artists such as Marvin Sapp, John P. Kee, and Donnie McClurkin, Douglas seeks to “win souls and speak life and hope into God’s people” through his latest project, “Still I Praise”.
Born and raised in the rural town of Bennettsville, S.C., family, church, and music were constant elements of his upbringing. Douglas’ parents, Mary and the late James Douglas, raised him and his siblings in the Baptist church, and placed great emphasis on respect, morals, high expectations, and strong work ethics. Douglas’ love of music developed during his childhood. “There was always music around me. I sang on the church choir and there was always music in the house. My father loved music, my mother could sing very well, and my grandfather was also a singer and musician.” From Aretha Franklin and The Jackson 5, to Johnnie Taylor and Joe Ligon and the Mighty Clouds of Joy, music played an integral role in Douglas’ life and artistry.
His life’s calling was recognized at an early age. Teachers and church mothers often spoke of his gifts and talents, and predicted his life as an entertainer and preacher. A strict childhood and service within the church provided the spiritual training and foundation for the works to come. Efforts towards a gospel project in Nashville, TN, ensued, but these efforts were unsuccessful. An R&B project followed, but Douglas did not find the targeted success with this project either. Ultimately, the passing of Douglas’ father redirected his focus and life’s trajectory. Douglas rededicated his life to Christ and began walking in his purpose.
Though his passion for music remained present, his desire to follow God took precedence. “God spoke to me one evening. I heard his voice clearly say, “Preach.” God revealed to me what he would do in my life and the platforms where he would place me.” After hearing God’s voice and receiving prophecy at the altar of a church, Douglas became saved and later became an ordained preacher in April 2008. Douglas’ faith and will to follow God would be tested years later through a critical family issue. “I wasn’t going to serve God anymore. I didn’t understand why this was happening. But God said to me, “If you take care of my business, I will take care of yours!” Douglas remained faithful and God began to reveal Himself.
Never forgetting his love of music, receiving support from his brother/manager at G Quence Productions LLC., and being inspired by his family, Douglas reignited his pursuit of a career as a gospel artist. The rigor of writing songs and working in the studio paid off on December 14, 2016, when Douglas released
his first single, “Testify”. Recognition followed, and Douglas was named “Artist of the Month” by The Akademia Music Awards. His music inspires people of all ages and has been deemed “a breath of fresh air” by an Internet Radio Campaign Promoter. “I want to be known as a man who believes in living holy and has integrity. I want to use my platform to minister to people, change lives, and inspire people to keep fighting. For those that are saved, my music tells them to keep their hands in God’s hand. For those who are not, my music tells them about a God who brought me out. It’s because of my testimony that I’m still praising and thanking him for his grace!”
As work continues with his latest project, “Still I Praise”, Douglas remains a devoted husband of 29 years to Mrs. Wyvette Douglas, and a loving father to his four children, Emil, Chanz, Tehvin, and Apiphanny. He has three grandchildren and is raising three of his god/grandchildren as well. Aside from pursuing his music career, Douglas serves as a preacher and a Behavior Specialist with Scotland County School District in North Carolina. He lives his life by God’s word, especially Psalms 91 and Jeremiah 29:11. He also draws inspiration from the words of Mark Twain’s, "The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why."