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Singer David Ivey follows his passion to Detroit


Gospel artist David Ivey

Gospel music officially started in Chicago, but the Motor City’s contributions to the genre are legendary. From Mattie Moss Clark to her daughters, The Clark Sisters, to The Winans, Detroit artists refined gospel music and attracted admirers from all over the world. One of those admirers was Gary, Indiana native, David Ivey.

David Ivey came to Detroit in his late teens to pursue a career in gospel music. He fell in love with the sound from Detroit and he knew he wanted to be part of the legacy. And, he is. As a founding member of Fred Hammond and Radical for Christ he spent seven years touring and helping to shape Detroit’s gospel music history. But for him, it is not about fame and fortune. It’s about passion.

“I sing because it’s my passion. I received a gift and what you’ve been given you should give back,” says David Ivey. “It’s what I love to do and there are many reasons but the top reason that I sing is to give God glory.”

Ivey has written, recorded and toured with CeCe Winans, Kirk Franklin, Kim Burrell, Crystal Lewis, Israel Houghton and many others. A member of Dunamis Outreach Ministries in Detroit, Michigan, he currently serves as a praise and worship leader. He also has two recordings under his belt, The Bottom Line and Your Today. But as strongly as he embraces the gospel genre, his solo music has a definite jazz sensibility.

“I don’t think it’s on purpose. Jazz music is a style that caught my ear. Some of my favorite artists are Will Downing, Al Jarreau and Nancy Wilson. My favorite vocalist is Kurt Elling. There is something about that free flow. Vocally, I just connect with jazz singers,” says Ivey.

And the connection with free flow vocalists serves him well. It’s his uninhibited approach that has made Ivey a hit with audiences locally, throughout the nation and abroad. He attributes his success to spending many quiet moments in prayer and meditation. It helps him keep things fresh.

“You can have the most beautiful day,” says Ivey. “But if the windows aren’t open you aren’t experiencing the fresh wind.”

David Ivey will be performing on Friday, Jan. 22 at 4th Fridays with Rufus Harris in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. The venue is located at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn, Michigan. You can visit David Ivey on-line at www.myspace.com/davidiveysings or purchase his CDs at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/DavidIvey. In addition to singing, he is also passionate about baking. He and his wife, Celeste Ivey, have run a vegan Baked Goods Company for the past two years. Visit civeganpastries.com to find out more about their business, Patisserie Ci.

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