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About Marvin Sapp

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Gospel singer Marvin Sapp is a local pastor and six-time Grammy nominee.  His song, "Never Would Have Made It," set a record for the longest running No. 1 single on radio across all genres in the history of Billboard.

The song, from Sapp's Grammy-nominated "Thirsty" CD, has spent 45 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's gospel radio charts and crossed over to urban adult contemporary radio as the country's No. 1 song.  The Lighthouse Full Life Center Church where Marvin is senior paster, was honored at the BET Awards, winning for best gospel artist.

Singing since age four he has shared the stage with many gospel notables.  While Marvin has enjoyed a decorated music ministry receiving Stellar Awards, Gospel Music Excellence Award as well as Grammy, Soul Train Music and Dove Award Nominations, he has also been honored in his hometown of Grand Rapids Michigan.

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Recognized for his professional and philanthropic efforts he has received the city's highest African American honor, a Giants Award, as well as the Frederick Douglas award from the National Association of Negro and Professional Women's Club.

With a voice of power and authority Marvin Sapp masterfully illustrates with excellence the Word of God. Not only is his delivery exemplary, his knowledge of the historical text brings to life the message of hope and healing. Not a singer that happens to preach but a Preacher called by God who is gifted to sing.

Marvin was in the legendary gospel group, Commissioned, in the 1990's before he set out on a solo career. March 1996 saw the release of his self-titled debut on Word Records. It featured the gospel hits "Calling Me" and "In His Presence."

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Marvin's sophomore effort, Grace & Mercy, appeared in May 1997, followed two years later by Nothing Else Matters. After a short absence from the music scene, he reappeared under contract at Versity Records and released the song "I Believe" on the WOW Gospel 2002 album, followed by the album I Believe later in 2002. Diary of a Psalmist appeared in 2003, Be Exalted in 2005, and Thirsty in 2007.

Marvin has succeeded in establishing himself as one of the most recognizable voices in gospel music. He declares himself "not a singer who can preach, but rather a preacher who just happens to sing," and he does both with the case of Thirsty. For Thirsty, Sapp teamed up with producers Aaron Lindsey, Myron Butler, his choir Levi, and New Breed. The cd was recorded live, before a capacity crowd.

Thirsty is what may be the best of his seven albums, with a record-breaking first week of sales and hitting the Billboard Gospel chart's #1 spot.

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