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Grammy Award winning, Gospel Recording Artist, Yasmeen, releases new music for the soul
Christmas Music that will feed your Spirit:
One Artist’s Amazing Journey to Resurrection
Washington, DC- On December 15, 2014, Yasmeen released her 3rd solo recording, “Original Songs of Christmas and Easter by Yasmeen.”This recording, produced by Antheny Hampton and Rock Berry features nine Christmas and Easter songs with music by Tim Adams of True Witness, one musical arrangement by Bill Crews, a duet with Yasmeen and Jarmone Davis (songwriter for Marvin Sapp), and a sermonette by the late Rev. Dr. Edgar L.Williams, Sr.
Yasmeen believes it is impossible to write about Christmas without writing about the Resurrection. When asked why, she replies "Because Jesus was born to die." Yasmeen’s power and vision for God’s work does not stop with her love for Gospel music, as she is singing her own testimony, of God’s grace and mercy in her life. Yasmeen’s journey while recording her most recent music was nothing less than remarkable, as she was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. With God’s unyielding hand of power and healing, she was able to overcome the ills of cancer. While, going through intensive cancer treatments, Yasmeen continued to stay focused on God’s purpose in her life, singing His praises and recording music that she believes will touch and save lives. Today, Yasmeen can claim victory, as the cancer is inactive!
Though she was walking in what appeared to be darkness, God’s light continued to shine through her music. Despite the fact that her body was in bondage by the cancer, God continued to release the shackles of disease that attacked her body and renewed her physical and spiritual being. As Yasmeen was released and delivered from cancer, so will she release her music to the world, as she hopes her music will deliver someone to the Lord.
About Yasmeen “Betty Williams”
The daughter of a Baptist preacher, Yasmeen was raised in the African American Baptist Missionary Gospel Music tradition and was recognized as a toddler for her God-given gifts in vocal music. Yasmeen’s musical career spans several decades and includes a variety of types of music but never without her humble gospel beginnings as her base. In 1973, Yasmeen became a two decade member of the Grammy Award winning internationally acclaimed a cappella sextet, Sweet Honey in the Rock. She later married, traveled, and recorded with now ex-husband, gospel harpist, Jeffmajors.
Yasmeen attended and graduated from DC Public Schools, Spelman College, Bowie State University and Regent University earning a B.A in English, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, and was working on her doctorate degree in Educational Psychology, when while writing the dissertation was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. However, Yasmeen completed all the doctoral coursework earning a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, C.A.G.
Yasmeen is a member of BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), the Gospel Music Association, the Gospel Music Workshops of America Chapter, and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. Her life-long church membership is 2nd New St. Paul Baptist Church in DC, immediate family membership is New Samaritan Baptist Church, DC and watch-care membership at Changing a Generation Full Gospel in Atlanta, GA. She is a Grammy Award Winner and PrayzeFactor Peoples Choice Awards Winner for Best A Cappella Vocalist and Best Neo-Soul Vocalist.
About “Original Songs for Christmas and Easter”
Bless your life and someone else’s this holiday season by purchasing Yasmeen’s new CD, Your purchase will also off set cancer survival expenses that many cancer patients suffer with after being healed. Yasmeen states, “Each morning I surrender to the will of God”.
You may order her cds today through cdbaby, iTunes, rhapsody, and most social media music sites.
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