Kenya Native in Missouri Releases Gospel CD
Kenya native Joanna Waceke Slaughter, a business administration major at the University of Missouriâ€“St. Louis, has always enjoyed singing in her church but never thought sheâ€™d pursue it further.
â€œI love singing, but I never knew I would be a song writer until God inspired me to write,â€ said Slaughter, who has dropped the use of her last name for her music career. â€œIt all began about a year and a half ago. He inspired me, and gave me the words to write the songs that are now on my first CD.â€
Under the name Joanna Waceke, sheâ€™s releasing her debut , â€œGlory To His Name.â€ She will hold an official CD launch and family event March 31 at her church, Phileo Christain Worship Center in St. Louis.
Slaughter said sheâ€™s excited and humbled by the opportunity to use her music to touch the lives of others for Jesus Christ.
â€œI find it very interesting that the Lord has chosen to do this now. Iâ€™ve always been a business person; I love numbers. And I always saw myself as more of a thinker and less of a creative person. I do love music, but never saw myself as a musician or artist,â€ she said. â€œBut he has seen the possibility for me to spread his message and inspire others, and so I am.â€
â€œGlory To His Nameâ€ features 8 tracks that will appeal to a variety of people, but mostly those with an eclectic taste and a keen focus on Christian-inspired lyrics and instrumentals.
â€œI pray that my music helps to inspire,â€ she said. â€œIâ€™m hoping that people will be more willing and open to listen to new music and not be turned off by the fact that itâ€™s gospel music. Itâ€™s about the word of God, but itâ€™s about being inspired and feeling the music.â€
The CD launch party will begin at 2 p.m. March 31 at Phileo Christain Worship Center, 1444 Goodfellow Blvd. in St. Louis (63112). Itâ€™s $8 for adults, $4 for teenagers and $2 for children, under 2 are free. Slaughter will perform several of her songs, as well as performances by other local artist. Light refreshments will be served. A game and activity station will be open for children.
â€œGlory To His Nameâ€ will be avaliable for purchase during the party for $10 each, $15 after the party.
She will also perform at the Multi-Cultural Expressions exhibit opening from 4 to 7 p.m. April 26 at Gallery Visio at UMSL.
To purchase a CD or book Slaughter for an event, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.