Psalm 41:1 Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
The Baltimore Christian Living Examiner had the opportunity to catch up with gifted harpist, Jeff Majors who has blessed many of us with his soothing sounds and musical collaborations with some of the industry’s finest. (Visit www.jeffmajors.com to hear the song “Beggar”, a collaboration with the late talented vocalist and recording artist Gerald Levert, who joined forces with Majors to produce this heartfelt song dedicated to the plight of the homeless). I
In the midst of the music, there is a much bigger mission that God has laid upon Majors’ heart. Several years ago after spending eight days on the street living as a homeless man, God confirmed that his life’s mission was to use his gifts and talents towards aiding the homeless and those less fortunate. And although he acknowledges God’s word which says that that the poor will be with us always, Jeff Majors has become an advocate with the compassion to carry out this mission and touch as many lives as possible. Up until now, the tour has gone through over 32 cities reaching over a million people, raising funds and awareness and increasing community involvement. Although he enjoys ministering through music just as much as we love to hear him play his present endeavor is much bigger than just your average concert tour.
Majors has launched an initiative that includes a National Homeless Tour featuring his own Inspirational Jazz Band along with a host of other musical guests that vary from city to city. Please see details below regarding the Friday, October 14th’ concert and visit the artist’s official website to purchase tickets and obtain details on upcoming events.
Friday, October 14th at 7:00 p.m.
JeffMajors' Concert Tour for the Homeless
feat Jeff Majors and the Inspirational Jazz Band and Vicki Winans
Israel Baptist Church, 1220 North Chester Street, Baltimore, MD
Tickets $15.00 in advance/$20.00 at the door
Taka a glance below at a snapshot of the conversation we had with the artist:
JT: Thank you so much for your time Mr. Majors. To get started, please tell our readers a little about the National Homeless Tour, how/where it started, etc.
JM: The tour started about nine years ago and was initially sponsored by Radio One for the first five of those years. It was launched in Washington DC where I came in contact with a homeless individual who had taught Physics at Howard University. I couldn’t understand how that could happen - having one of the most powerful minds, educated in one of the strongest black institutions in our country. That experience birthed the awareness in me and it grew from there.
JT: So how do we as a society fix this?
JM: The government can’t do it by itself and the church can't do it by itself. But I do believe that it is the church that built this country and I also believe that it will be the church that will help to save this country along with the aid and assistance of everyone. The problem we face is not necessarily a cash issue but rather a resource issue.
JT: How is the tour being funded and what type of support do you receive in an endeavor of this magnitude?
JM: Faith is the substance of things hoped for and each city that we travel to we have found a tremendous amount of support from organizations, businesses, sponsors and supporters who join us in faith and help carry out our mission. We also have the support of other artists and musicians who have united with us along this journey. On the 14th, Vickie Winans will be joining me, and later this month on the 18th we are in Philadelphia with Tri-ni-tee 5:7. In December we’ll be in D.C. (Washington) with Smokie Norful. Donnie McClurkin will also be joining us for future events.
JT: How can people support you in your endeavor and this cause in general?
JM: Contribute to your local shelters and food pantries. Toiletries are always needed and appreciated by local groups that aid the homeless. Also by supporting events such as the Homeless Tour Concert, people are not just getting a great show but they are also contributing as proceeds are poured back into the community. The concerts are free of charge to the homeless and we do collect items (canned goods, coats, sweater, socks, etc) to distribute in each city.
JT: Mr. Majors, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with our readers and share with us your heart’s burden and vision that God birthed in you. It is my honor and pleasure to support your endeavor and I do encourage our readers to join me in supporting you on Friday, October 14 for a wonderful evening of music, fellowship and purpose. God bless you in your endeavors and I pray that He will continue to bless this tour and all who participate, contribute and attend.
Please visit Jeff Majors’ official website for more information on upcoming events and also to purchase copies of any of his music projects including his latest entitled Sacred Epistles.