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Cleveland boasts a rich artistic and musical community, including both inspirational artists/vocalists and Christian vocalists. Let’s explore some of them:
In response to the social justice imperatives that arose in 2020, Cleveland businesses and organizations collaborated with local artists, activists, and people of color for the #VoicesofCLE Public Art Project. Some notable artists who participated include:
Stina Aleah: A successful artist and entrepreneur who stepped out of her comfort zone to create original works of art for #VoicesofCLE.
Jerome T. White: An art educator deeply connected to history and spirituality, inspired by Cleveland’s role in the Underground Railroad.
Rashaun Dillard: A graduate of Cleveland School of the Arts, using art as a platform for messages of hope and change.
Lauren Pearce: Known for her powerful mixed media art and captivating murals1.
Gospel Music Legends:
The Shields Brothers: A gospel quartet that began their singing career in 1928 and remained Cleveland’s premiere gospel group for over seventy years. Their harmonies and messages continue to inspire2.
Joe Walsh: A vocalist and guitarist associated with the James Gang, the Eagles, and a successful solo career.
The O’Jays: Canton’s R&B band, famous for hits like “Love Train,” helped define the funky subgenre of Philadelphia soul.
Frankie Yankovic: Known as “America’s Polka King,” he popularized Cleveland-style polka with his song “Cleveland, The Polka Town” 3.
Contemporary Christian Music Events:
The FEST: An annual outdoor faith and family festival in Cleveland featuring top Christian artists. Past performers include for King and Country, Danny Gokey, Tauren Wells, and We are Messengers4.
Local Praise & Worship Leaders:
Derek Prince Weems: A local independent Gospel Hip Hop artist, writer, producer, and worship leader.
Angie T: A talented worship leader known for her anointed vocals.
One Voice Worshippers: A group of anointed young ladies who lead worship with unity and passion.
Fran L.: Another worship leader who brings a powerful voice to praise and worship services5.