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Beyond the Song: Melissa Smith sings “Stand Together as One”

Written by Staff on December 29, 2020 – 12:28 pm -

Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith

Beyond the Song by Jantina Baksteen

Some time ago, I caught up with Melissa Smith. She has a great song out on radio that is so relevant for this time and day. When the nations are shaken by the Corona crises that affects us all, the time is now for Christians to “Stand Together as One.”

Melissa shares her ministry in this interview.

Jantina Baksteen: Please introduce yourself to the readers of SGNScoops?  

Melissa Smith: I’m Melissa Smith, born and raised around Greenville, South Carolina. Now live in Finley, Oklahoma, where my husband and I are associate pastors here at our church, Fresh Beginnings, and I lead praise and worship. 

JB: How did you get involved in Gospel music?  

MS: I’ve always loved gospel music even as a child. I started playing the piano by ear at age four. I would hear a song at church, and as soon as I got home, would climb up on the piano bench and start playing the song I had heard. I didn’t start singing until the age of 12. I thank God for the musical gift he has given me.  

JB: I know you write most of your songs. What was the first song you sang, and the first one you wrote?

MS: The first song I ever wrote and recorded is entitled, “We Were Healed,” based on 1 Peter 2:24. It was given to me by God after getting healed from a broken leg. It’s still on paper somewhere in a file. 

JB: Where do you get your inspiration to write songs?  

MS: To be honest, I cannot write a song without the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. God has given me the words to every song I’ve written. So thankful to God for using me to pen the songs He’s given me. 

Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith and her family

JB: Who are your musical influences?

MS: There’s so many I could name. Sandi Patti was my first one. I love listening to the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. I lead praise and worship at my church and get most of those kind of songs from them, unless I write one. If a song ministers to me, I feel it would minister to others, no matter who is singing it. I love so many artists and groups. 

JB: Is there a song you wished you had written?

MS: I’ve never really thought about that, but it would be a toss up between “Through the Fire,” written by Gerald Crabb and “Standing on Holy Ground,” written by Geron Davis. Both of those songs minister to me every time I hear them.  

JB: Please share us how your “Redeemed” album came together? 

MS: In 2013, I wrote the song “I Need Your Grace.” We were in the process of moving to Oklahoma from South Carolina. I found a studio in Oklahoma where I did a demo of that song. Two to three months later, I wrote another song. By that time, I was introduced to Donnie and Lisa Williamson, and went to their studio to do a demo of the song. God started giving me songs periodically and I would go to the studio and record each one. This happened about every two to four months. When I had 10 songs recorded, we decided to make a cd project with those. Then (we) decided later to add an old hymn I love, called “Oh I Want to See Him.”

Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith’s Father

JB: How special is that, to have one song on there where your dad does the bass vocals? Could you share how that affected you?

MS: My dad loves the old hymns and is a wonderful bass singer. He loves to sing and I thought it would be so wonderful to have him sing a bass part on “Oh I Want to See Him.” When he and Mom came here to Oklahoma for my son’s wedding, I decided to surprise my dad and took him to the studio, and when we arrived, I told him that I wanted him to sing a bass part on the chorus. This is extremely special to me because Dad was diagnosed with severe heart disease and congested heart failure. The doctors have given him two to three years to live because only a small percentage of his heart is working. He’s already had a triple bypass. We do not go by the doctors’ report, but we go by the report of the Lord, and stand on his promises concerning healing. He has already lived past two years. This song (was) released to radio by Wise Choice Promotions (Summer 2020). 

JB: Your current song that is out on radio is called, “Stand Together As One.” What was your inspiration to write this song? Also, some may not know the artists that join you on this song.  Who are they?

MS: I got my inspiration to write this song after seeing the news, videos, and pictures, of how people were coming together and helping cities and victims affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. That’s when the thought hit me. We have got to stand together as one as a nation if we are going to help those in need. Now, with what’s going on in our world, it’s a crucial time that we stand together as one for our country and for God. When I went to record it, I thought it would be awesome to have different groups and artists singing on the recording also. I’m very honored to have Rodney Provence, The Williamsons – with Lisa, Donnie, Karl Rice, and Darin Ebert, along with Russell Wise, Tiffany Hamilton, and Jesse Fuson, who was part of the group called Surrendered, singing on there.  Lisa, Rodney and Karl each have a solo on the second verse.

Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith’s parents

JB: How does this song speak to you personally?

MS: I think it is imperative that we as Christians be in one mind and one accord. God has always wanted us to be that way. The 120 were that way in the upper room and something powerful happened that day. Great things happen and are accomplished when his people stand together in one mind and one accord, and be that light in a dark world to show love and compassion for others. 

JB: How relevant is the song for today? How can we practice this as Christians? 

MS: With all that’s going on right now in our world, this song is very up to date. So many people are living in fear and uncertainty right now. We can practice this by showing them love and letting them know that God is our refuge in time of trouble. Also, it’s time we as Christians pray like never before for our nation, that we as a country founded on the principles of God, humble ourselves and pray, and turn from our wicked ways, then will God hear from heaven. He will forgive our sins and heal our land according to 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Melissa Smith tee shirtppJB: Right now you have a tee shirt on sale with that very same title. How did that process go? How can they order your tee shirt?

MS: I thought what a better way to get the message of this song out,  by having it put on a tee shirt. When people wear this tee shirt, it lets others know how important it is for us to stand together as one. To order the tee shirt, you can either go to my website, which is www.Godexaltedministry.com or go straight to my PayPal at www.paypal.me/msmith1124

They can also send check or money order to:Melissa Smith,  P.O. BOX 116, FINLEY, OK 74543. The cost is $30 and that includes shipping and handling. I will also need what size shirt they’re needing and their address.

JB: If you could sit around with any artist from the past or present, who would that be, and what would be the conversation?

MS: I would love to just sit and talk to all the great songwriters of the past and present individually, and find out how they write their songs and what inspires them to write one.

JB: Next to singing, you are very active at church work. Could you share about that?  

MS: Sure! My husband Tommy and I are associate pastors here at Fresh Beginnings Church. He preaches and I mostly sing. I also love leading our praise and worship, and directing the praise team.  

Melissa Smith

Tommy and Melissa Smith

JB: What message of hope could you bring us, that would encourage those who have no hope?

MS: Know that God is for you, so who can be against you! He is touched by the feelings of our infirmities, and when we trust him with all our heart and not let our own feelings or understanding get in the way, our paths are directed by him, which leads to greater blessings than we can ever imagine.

JB: How can folks find you to book you for a church service?

MS: They can go to my website, email me at msmithministries@gmail.com or go to one of my ministry pages on Facebook which is Melissa Smith Ministries or God Exalted Ministries.

We hope you enjoy Melissa Smith, sing “Stand Together as One.”

 

 

Thank you, Melissa, for sharing your ministry with SGNScoops. May the work you do for him bring people closer to him, or have a first experience of hearing the gospel in song.

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Fast Five With Melissa Smith

Written by scoopsnews on October 12, 2020 – 5:42 am -

Recently, We were talking to Southern Gospel Artist, Melissa Smith. We asked her some questions. Check out what she had to say.

SGN SCOOPS:  Melissa, at what age did you know that God was calling you into the ministry. Tell us about it.
MELISSA: I was 16 years old when I felt the call from God to go into the ministry. God had healed me of a broken femur after the doctor said I would not walk again or walk without a cane or walker. It was then that I wrote my first song based on 1 Peter 2:24 called “We were Healed”. I knew then that God had definitely called me into the singing ministry. Even though I knew that, I had a major problem with shyness. I could sing a song, but talking in front of people terrified me! I knew if I was going to be doing this for ministry, I would have to talk…give a testimony or at least say something about a song. I was praying one night asking God to take away the shyness when He reminded me of Mark 11:23 which says that we can speak to the mountain and it will be removed. I began to speak to the shyness, telling it to leave in the name of Jesus. That night I was completely delivered and have had no problems since then speaking in front of a crowd no matter what size it is.
SGN SCOOPS:  Who were your musical influences growing up?
MELISSA:   There are so many, but as a teenager and during my college years, I loved listening to Sandi Patti because of her beautiful voice and the way she carried herself on stage. I also love hearing choirs sing, so the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir is still my favorite. Their songs can minister to me and have such an anointing which I believe is so important for any group or singer to have. There have been many anointed Southern Gospel groups and singers at our church that I’ve grown to love and have had the privilege of getting to know.
SGN SCOOPS:  You have a new radio single. We want to hear all about the song, why you chose it and about the recording process of the album.
MELISSA:  My newest release is one of my favorite hymns called “Oh I Want to See Him”. I decided to come up with a different arrangement of that song. The first verse is done in a slow tempo, while the chorus is done a little faster and the 2nd verse being the same tempo as the chorus. A key change occurs with the tempo being a lot faster on the 3rd verse and chorus. I did that arrangement to help increase the excitement of the listeners about seeing Jesus as the song is nearing the end. This song is also very special to me because my dad is singing bass on the recording as one of the background singers. He and my mom had come to Oklahoma for my son’s wedding. I hadn’t told him about singing on the recording until about the time for us to go to the recording studio, so surprising him with that was a lot of fun. I will always cherish that, especially since he has been diagnosed with severe heart disease and congestive heart failure, and given 2 years to live by the doctor. But… we do not believe that report, but only the report of the Lord! The cd took a few years to complete mainly because of writing a song every few months and because of our move from South Carolina to Oklahoma. About a year after moving, I began writing songs again, and was introduced to Donnie and Lisa Williamsons, who most know formed the group The Williamsons. What an honor it was having them do most of the background vocals. Every time I wrote a song, I would go to their recording studio to record it. Sometimes recording 2-3 songs in one session. By the time we had 8-9 songs recorded, we decided to go ahead and just make it a cd project. It has 11 songs on there, 10 being original and one being the hymn. Even though it took a long time to complete, I know that God has perfect time for everything, and this cd was no exception.
Check out song HERE
SGN SCOOPS:   If our readers would like to book you to come and sing at an event or purchase your product, How would they do that?
MELISSA:  They can actually go to my website which is www.Godexaltedministry.com and scroll down and fill out the Book us Now information, or they can text me at 580-271-2171. There’s also a place on the website to text, call or email me. People can also purchase my products on there or make a donation to my ministry.
SGN SCOOPS:   Share your testimony.
MELISSA:  I began playing the piano at age 4, but it was at the age of 8 when I gave my heart to Jesus. I began singing when I was 12 years old. It was in the middle of my teenage years when I felt the need to get closer to God and began studying the Bible more. God has done so much for me with healing my body, giving me 2 beautiful children even when the doctor said I would not be able to give birth, protecting me when I came so close to death, and giving me songs to write. I love ministering and pray that every song I sing and every word I say is used by God to touch and bless others for His kingdom.
Thank you Melissa for sharing with us. God bless you in your ministry and may God open many doors for you to share his love with others. You are a special lady!
Vonda Armstrong, SGN SCOOPS
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Melissa Smith to Under Go Surgery

Written by SGN Scoops on October 31, 2011 – 12:53 pm -

{Crescendo Gospel Music Management} Please be in prayer as Melissa will be having surgery on her sinuses Nov. 3, 2011. This surgery is necessary to remove a cyst found in the left sinus cavity and also to correct a severe deviated septum, and a chronic sinus infection. This will also help with the vocal issues that she has been having. Your prayers and support will be greatly appreciated. To help with the financial cost of this surgery, you may purchase cds or other products or donate any amount that God leads you to give by going to www.melissamsmith.net Thanks so much and God bless.

Zack Swain of Crescendo Gospel Music management says, ” It is always heart breaking when you have an artist that is suffering or isn’t able to perform to the best of their abilities due to a health issue but it is even more concerning when you have an artist that is suffering and not sure exactly how they are going to fix the issue yet. Let us all be in prayer for Melissa as she takes this step of faith to fix the issue at hand and support her however we can. I know she will gladly accept your prayers and finical support in this time of need.”


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Melissa Smith Signs Career Building Contract with CGMM

Written by SGN Scoops on September 6, 2011 – 9:52 am -

{Crescendo Gospel Music Management} Crescendo Gospel Music Management is excited to announce the signing of anointed vocalist Melissa Smith. We are excited to see where God is going to take her with her ministry and the plan we have to help aid the process. Melissa will be featured on the Crescendo Gospel Music Management Compilation disc going out September 13th.
Melissa was born and raised in Greenville,South Carolina. At the age of four, Melissa began to play the piano by ear and during this season Melissa would play special music for the church. By the age of 12, Melissa knew the special calling that God had placed upon her life. In 1982 God allowed Melissa to record her 1st album. Melissa graduated with a music degree from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. In 1997 God allowed Melissa to record her 2nd cd The Annointing.  Melissa continues to minister to the lost. She has a passion for ministry to see people saved, healed, delivered, and set free by the power of God. “I will never sing or minister without the Anointing of God” –Smith
To Find out more about the ministry of Melissa Smith please visit. http://www.melissamsmith.net/


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