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Friday, May 13, at 6:45 p.m., marks the day and time for renowned Los Angeles based praise & worship leader David Daughtry’s highly anticipated, CD release concert featuring special guest recording artists, Kim Burrell and Dorinda Clark-Cole, and his new single “I Can’t Forget.”

Daughtry, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was spiritually and musically trained by his mother, JoAnne Daughtry, and started performing and understanding sheet music at six-years-old. David’s family moved to Los Angeles when he was about eight-years-old.

The worship leader and musician said, “I started off in Los Angeles with the L.A. Mass Choir, and then some friends and I had a group called Higher Dimensions.”

Later, Daughtry began singing back-up for several gospel music artists including Dr. Judith Christie McAllister, Kurt Carr, Dorinda Clark-Cole, the late Aretha Franklin, Michael Buble, Beyonce Knowles, Yolanda Adams and many more. He has also been featured on many television shows and commercials.

Currently, the psalmist serves as the director of praise and worship at West Angeles Church of God in Christ led by Presiding Bishop Emeritus Charles E. Blake, Sr., Pastor, First Lady Mae Blake, Co-Pastor Charles Blake II and First Lady DeAndra Blake. Dr. McAllister is the minister of music.

When asked to say a little more about himself, Daughtry said, “I am just a person that loves the Lord, I love people, and I love giving God praise; that is what I love to do, and that is my purpose. I am walking in my purpose and my calling now, and I am just elated to be releasing my sophomore project, on May 13th. God has favored me, but it has been a journey,” he noted.

As for his words of encouragement to others seeking their purpose in life, Daughtry advised, “I would sum it up by a song that I wrote that’s on my new project and that God gave me called ‘Everything That Belongs to Me.’ Kim Burrell is singing this song with me on this project.

“My encouraging word would also be what the Bible says, ‘The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.’ So, whatever it is that you want or need, you have got to take it by force,” insisted Daughtry.

“Don’t wait for anything to just drop into your lap, but keep going and keep pushing, go get it, and take it by force.

Expanding on the meaning of “take it by force,” which is written in Matthew 11:12, he explained, “You take it by force with your prayer life, by your praise, by fasting, and getting before God. That is how you take things by force.”

Describing his new CD as a “take it by force project,” Daughtry added, “I’m not on a record label. I did the project myself. I didn’t have the money to do the project, and I didn’t have the money to do the CD release concert, but I ‘took it by force!’

“When you hook-up with God, He will do the super, you do the natural, then you have the supernatural, but it’s a collaborative effort. It’s not just all on God, but you have to do your part too.

“I stepped out and took some things by force. I didn’t sit back and wait for a record label, or somebody to give something. I did this myself because the Bible says that, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,’ he said, reciting Philippians 4:13.

Many observers agree that Daughtry is a true minister of the Gospel, who is on a mission to sing to the glory of God that souls might be saved and lives may be changed by God’s power and love.

His CD release concert takes place on Friday, May 13, at 6:45 p.m. at Center of Hope Church, 9550 Crenshaw Blvd., in Inglewood. The donation is $20. To register, visit https://daviddaughtrymusic.com.

On social media, contact Daughtry on Instagram and Facebook at daughtrydavid and on email at [email protected].