Not for profit - Artiste finds satisfaction in singing for the Lord
Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
Unlike other talented singers who have been using their God-given talents to rake in big bucks, fame and indulge fans in a secular lifestyle, April Simmons has been using her golden voice to win souls for Jesus Christ.
While her name may not be popular in the streets and on the various music charts, through God's grace, she has established herself in the Seventh-day Adventist faith, singing wherever she is called to minister.
"I have sung at brunches, crusades, Christian weddings, and been with Christian groups to places," declared 'Sister April', as she is affectionately called by her church family.
Her powerful and melodious voice has touched many hearts and in some instances brought back persons who have wandered away from the church.
About two weeks ago, she had the congregation at the Washington Gardens Seventh-day Adventist next to tears.
It was music day and she was among a group who did a version of God Has A Way To Work Things Out.
At one stage, they began singing the song a cappella and Sister April could be heard ministering to the hearts of the brethren.
"It's not about me. Every day I consecrate myself and ask the Lord to use me to bless others," said Simmons, who grew up in the church and has been singing since she was eight years old.
Each time she steps on to a stage, podium, or platform to sing, 'Sister Simmons' says she is motivated by the words of the song Not I, but Christ.
Grown in faith
A past student of Duhaney Park Primary and Kingsway High School, she has grown from strength to strength in faith and would love for other persons who God has blessed with the gift of singing to use their talents and do more for Jesus Christ.
In dealing with people, the jovial Simmons says she is not one to judge others and she knows how to get on her knees and plead with God. Like any true believer, she has had her fair share of temptation and challenges, but clings to the robe of Jesus Christ.
"We cannot hide from God; life has its struggles and I have seen how God has transformed my life," said Simmons.
As it relates to her music career, Simmons says she has never bothered the Lord about it.
"People have come to me, inquiring about recordings. I have never dreamt about these things, and I think this is something that I am going to talk to the Lord about," said Simmons.