Tasha Page-Lockhart continues to blaze the gospel trail after winning season 6 of Sunday Best!
“Sometimes I feel like screaming,” exclaims Page-Lockhart. “I’ve been out of town every weekend since September. God surpassed all of my expectations and we went from being homeless to a three-bedroom house and all of my bills paid. When I say quick—God said overnight. God is amazing.”
Her powerful vocals are boldly displayed on the brand new single “Different” written by Kirk Franklin and released on his record label Fo Yo Soul Entertainment.
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“If you hear this record—you will hear Tasha the person,” says the Detroit native. “We are showing all sides of me—the fun side, the worshipper and the fragile side that’s bold and not afraid to step out and tell my testimony. I’m excited about it. I wanted versatility and for my music to reach different genres and nationalities. I believe the church needs to be encouraged and needs to be reached.”
Music is clearly in Page-Lockhart’s DNA, as she is the daughter of Stellar Award winner Lisa Page Brooks and step-daughter of Michael Brooks of Commissioned. The singer strives to put her family first.
“I’ve been married for 7 years and have a 12- and 4-year-old—two boys,” she says. “It’s a lot being a mother and a wife.”
Read on to see what the reigning champion had to say about growing with up with mom, lead singer of Witness, plus her music director and knight in shining armor, Clifton Lockhart.
JET: Since your mother was a popular gospel singer, was Sunday Best an easy win?
Tasha Page-Lockhart: I never gave it a chance, couldn’t stand it. A friend called me and said now is your time—I’m sending you to Sunday Best. I didn’t have anything else to do—I was in hair school and said okay, I’ll go. What can I lose? The judges didn’t know who my parents were until I stepped on stage. So I told my mother don’t come and she didn’t come until the last show. I packed my clothes twice thinking I would get sent home. I ended up winning and I didn’t even think I was gonna’ make it. They are so proud, it’s an amazing time for our family right now.
JET: How was it growing up with a gospel singer?
TPL: I grew up being a P.K. (Preacher’s Kid), drug abuse, ecstasy, addicted to cocaine, smoking cigarettes and drinking. I’ve smoked since I was 12 years old—every day a pack of New Port Shorts in a box—and I’m 30 years old now. It’s just the grace of God that I still have a voice. I was over developed at a young age and also molested by some family members. I didn’t know why I was getting that treatment as a girl. People would always say it’s your fault you’re built like this and I was always considered a fast girl—always in a man’s face. I was getting that attention from these men that I trusted in my family. By my mom traveling all the time, I was feeling abandoned and raised by babysitters. She wasn’t there that much and I grew up…kind of rejecting her, not understanding that she and my dad had gotten divorced and she was a single parent trying to raise three girls. She didn’t have that many skills—all she could do was sing—so she had to go.
JET: Tell us about your new book and how your husband saved your life?
TPL: I’m in midst of writing two books. The first book is about my Sunday Bestexperience. The second book I hope to be released next year is Marriage Saved My Life. My husband and I have been friends for 22 years. When I was 11, he said he was going to marry me. He was my first boyfriend. He looked at me as the woman of God that he knew I should be and that encouraged me.
After my grandmother died, I got into drugs and he moved to Atlanta. We didn’t speak for two years. My mom went to Atlanta and ran into him and I said put him on the phone. He invited me to Atlanta for his birthday. He asked me—do you still love me? We got married two weeks later. God used my husband to remove me from that atmosphere of drugs. I’ve been off drugs since then. I’m totally free from drug addiction.
In other Giving You the Gospel news…
Giving God the Glory—Bishop Hezekiah Walker’s “Every Praise” helped save the life of Willie Myrick. The 9-year old was abducted from the driveway of his Atlanta home and sang the powerful gospel song until the kidnapper let him go. During a recent appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show, Bishop Walker shared: “It’s really emotional for me because you never know who you’re going to touch. I just wanted to hug him and tell him I love him.” The singer surprised the young boy with a visit on his 10th birthday. Myrick told Arsenio that he first heard the song in church.
Tye Tribbett Ministries presents The Chosen Music Mentorship Program.The Grammy winner is calling all singers, musicians, worship leaders and upcoming artists. “For years I have been blessed to give advice and share my heart with many on how to take their music to the next level, now I want to share all God has given me,” Tribbett shared on social media. “This is my mentoring forum where I share wisdom on all that I’ve learned through experience, mistakes and what I’ve been taught about music and the ministry of it. I am so full of insight and wisdom that I believe will ignite not only new artists, but worship leaders and musicians in the local church as well. It’s called the Chosen because it’s a ‘forum of the few—many are called, but few are chosen,” he said. The conference is May 15-17. Visit tyetribbettworldwide.comfor more information.