When gospel recording artist, Darrell Rushing fell in love with gospel music at the age of 7, he had no idea that a song he wrote and recorded would become one of the longest consecutively played singles in gospel radio history.
During an upcoming 40th Music Ministry Celebration and Live National Recording, Dr. Rushing will be honored for his lifetime achievements in the gospel recording industry and 40 years of music ministry. His song, “I Owe It All to God” will be celebrated in a special 25th year anniversary commemoration of its Grammy nomination. The celebration will take place at 7 p.m on Oct.26 at the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 714 Detering St. in Houston, Texas.
Rushing’s inspirational gospel song has graced the radio airwaves for over 1300 consecutive weeks and is still being played every Sunday morning on KTSU 90.9 FM by radio announcer Marylyn Bolden Grant, who adopted it as her theme song. Grant will be honored with the Gospel Music Awareness Life Time Achievement Award for support of gospel music in the Houston area during her more than 25-plus years on the airways.
Encouraged by his mother, grandmother and great aunt, who recognized his musical gifts, Rushing pursued his love of music from a young age and was determined to “go ahead in God… and take the chance”.
He would go on to master the organ and and become a songwriter, producer and music publisher. Through the years, Dr. Rushing also would conduct numerous gospel recording workshops and work to train a number of choirs in the music ministry.
The numerous successes Rushing, now an ordained minister, has enjoyed in the gospel music industry will be recognized during the special celebration. However, the young boy who heeded the advice to trust God in developing his own musical gift has not allowed his achievements in the industry go to his head.
Instead, he is paying it forward and reaching back to help others achieve success in the gospel recording industry. Rushing has no illusions, and remembers, “I Owe It All to God.”