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Gospel’s Sensation Comes to Compton
By Jason Lewis (Sports Editor)
Published May 9, 2011

Roque, former Star Search and Disney Mouseketeer Star, to Perform at Salvation Army Gospel’s Latest Sensation Performs New Inspirational Single, “Thank You”

LOS ANGELES- These are difficult times in America. A record number of Americans are losing their jobs, their homes, their healthcare and their families. One institution that remains a constant source of support for
those in need during difficult times is the Salvation Army.

It is a center of hope, a setting where lives can be rebuilt. And the Salvation Army in Compton is turning to Gospel’s newest sensation, Raquel “Roque” Herring, to help them in this process.

Roque, who recently released her first Gospel/Inspirational single “Thank You,” will perform this popular melody and songs from her soon to be released album during the Salvation Army’s fashion show and fundraiser (location and time) on May 7.

“I am excited about performing at the Salvation Army event,” said Roque, a Miami native. “It is such a huge organization and it is very successful at what it does.”

Roque said her music and personal testimony inspires and uplifts those going through storms. In her testimony, she speaks candidly about her roller-coaster career in entertainment and the demise of her once promising marriage to a top Los Angeles talent manager. She is a former top teen performer and vocalist on Star Search, the first black female Mouseketeer and artist with success in theater and Hollywood. But when her marriage dissolved, she had to rebuild her life and career.

“The songs are full of confessions of the Lord’s promises and the magnifying of his name,” Roque said. “When one is consistently professing the word of God and giving praise, it builds your faith and renews your hope. To see the hearts of people change, it is just amazing. The power that is behind the word is awesome. I am excited to have the privilege to minister to people in that capacity.”

Steve “Big City” Wimberly, Roque’s producer, who also works closely with the Salvation Army, said he approached Roque to perform at the event, because he felt her music would appeal to the Salvation Army’s diversed patrons, who come from every ethnic, religious and economic background.
“The music that she performs is not your traditional Mahalia Jackson type of gospel,” he said. “It is Christian music, like right out of the mouth of God. She is actually a worship leader. Her music is like praise, but with different types of music.”

She encourages others to let go and not worry about what people might think of you worshipping God. It would be good in a venue like the Salvation Army.”

Wimberly, who has worked with some top secular artists, said Roque is an

“She might have a little bit of Stephanie Mills, but she has this low note she does in many of her records,” he said. “Her range, it might span five octaves, and it is amazing how she is able to use it from the low to falsetto then back to the natural so effortlessly. She is like a tiny stick of dynamite. When she performs, so much comes out of her mouth. But when she is praising, you know she is in the building.”

Ezekiel Guevara, captain of the Salvation Army in Compton, said a number of people who are serviced by the Salvation Army are looking to rebuild their lives like Roque.

“When they see Roque, they can relate,” Guevara said. “They will say if she can do it, I can do it.”

Guevara said “I think her music is awesome. She is an amazing artist and performer, and she loves the Lord, and you can see right through that. She not only sings, she ministers and reaches out to the people and the public, and she really has an impact on people. People get blessed. She can go to a place that is dull and enliven it. She is blessed. She has the glory of God. Everyone can look at her and say the way she looks and talks you can see she has been blessed, and I can say she is not going backwards.”

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