It Was Jesus
Born August 5, 1967 to Betty L. Harris and Charles Cheatham, Andre' was a very exceptional child whose musical talents were evident from birth. He displayed several musical gifts at a very early age were he would be found playing the drums, dancing, and singing with his cousins. He began singing with his church choir at the age of five and continued to sing in churches with the Sickle Cell Anemia (SCA) Community Choir until he reached his teens. The SCA Community Choir was sought after throughout the Hampton Roads area and opened for musical giants such as James Cleveland, Shirley Caesar, the Hawkins Family, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Slim and the Supreme Angeles, and local groups such as the Sunset Traveler, the Gospel Impressions and many others. Andre's child light soprano voice was often heard as lead singer (vocalist) on the Hawkins' Family songs, 'Going up Yonder', 'Bye and Bye', 'Jesus is Knocking' and 'God Is' to name a few. In 1992, Andre' and a few of his close friends saw an opportunity to enhance their musical career, moving to Los Angeles, California where they formed the group EMMAGE (Ebony Men Musically Able to Give Entertainment), with Death Row Records. The group recorded a musical soundtrack for the hit move, 'Deep Cover' starring Laurence Fishburne. Some of the group's recordings include songs from Dr. Dre's album, ' The Chronic, Welcome to Death' and ' We Be Clubbing' by Ice Cube from the movie, ' The Players' Club'. Andre's stellar tenor voice can be heard in many of the background vocals in albums by Mack 10, MC Eight, and Lydia Harris. EMMAGE has opened for acts such as Dru Hill, Az Yet, Naughty by Nature, Boys to Men and Michelle at the Hampton Coliseum in Virginia, MGM grand in Las Vegas, and locations in New York City, Washington DC and Loa Angeles. EMMAGE received a platinum plaque for their contribution to the 'Player's Club' soundtrack. Recognizing God's gift of a melodious and angelic voice, Andre; responded to the call of God in 1999, returning to his home in Newport News VA. There, he is an upcoming gospel-recording artist who released his first gospel project 'The Truth'. Released in February 2002, the project has done suitably well in two cities, selling several hundred copies in 2 months with only 3 tracks available. Currently, Andre' is working on the completion of his début gospel CD, directing the youth choir at Tabernacle Baptist Church, and ministering through song through out the Hampton Rd area. For booking information you may contact: Shaunita Harris @ (757) 218-6878 and firstname.lastname@example.org.