Men of Grace

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Men of Grace
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Background Information

Origin

Pontiac

Genre

Gospel

Years Active

1999 - Present

Label

Independent

Members

Phil May - Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards, Songwriter
Dwayne Anthony - Vocals, Songwriter, Poet, Producer
Darrell Jackson - Sax, Vocals
Nick Prevas - Piano, Accordion, Clarinet, Vocals
Al Anderlie - Drummer, Percussionist
Mike Primeau - Drummer, Percussionist

Website

menofgracemusic.com

About

Men of Grace was formed in 1999 by Pastor Kent W. Clark as an inspirational musical ministry of Grace Gospel Fellowship and its outreach mission, Grace Centers of Hope, both located in Pontiac, Michigan. Led by the living God, Jesus Christ, the Men of Grace spread the Gospel through song and testimony to all who are suffering, especially those caught in the darkness of drug and alcohol addiction. Uniquely, Men of Grace are recovered addicts. They actively use their past struggles to show others the hope that is the redeeming power of Jesus Christ.

Men of Grace have recorded nine albums, a collection reflecting their great diversity of musical styles. They effortlessly integrate influences from traditional hymns, gospel, spoken word, spirituals, reggae, jazz and contemporary Christian to bring their unique sound to old favorites and original compositions. The group is continually working and searching for new and creative ways to praise the Lord through song and word. This variety gives the Men of Grace a unique appeal to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Men of Grace have toured internationally. They are currently promoting their ninth project, “Send Me A Sign.” They have witnessed to thousands, preaching the Gospel in venues large and small, to people from all walks of life, singing in professional sports stadiums, hospitals, within the walls of Fortune 500 companies, mega churches, small churches, restaurants and parks. Their a- cappella performance of our national anthem has been heard by many, including on the floor of the Michigan State Senate and by the President of the United States.

Men of Grace have a long-standing, working relationship with world renowned flutist Alexander Zonjic, and have collaborated with many of the industry’s top artists including, Tammi Trent, Dorinda Clark, Reggie Lafay, Matthew West, Pastor Dan Willis and Tenth Avenue North. Men of Grace frequently appear on network and cable television and were featured on the 700 Club. Their music has been heard on popular radio stations across the country. In collaboration with Alexander Zonjic, their arrangement of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” became “God Rest Ye Merry Gent’s” and was one of the most played songs in the country within days of its release. The group has appeared on the Mitch Albom show promoting their annual fundraiser, A Jazzy Christmas. In partnership with Alexander Zonjic, Men of Grace host this elegant evening to raise funds for the programs at Grace Centers of Hope. On December 5, 2013, Take 6 will join this wonderful event. Men of Grace were also regional finalists in Verizon’s 2010 How Sweet the Sound Gospel Choir Competition.





Biographies

In their own words from the Men of Grace Website

Phil May

Men of Grace/Worship Director
Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards, Songwriter

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It all started when I was 4 years old. I can remember my dad playing guitar and teaching me and my siblings how to sing and harmonize. Mom would join us now and then and sing with my dad. I love those childhood memories. But on a not so happy note, there was verbal and physical abuse in our house. There seemed to be no escape.

At age 12, I decided I wanted to learn how to play the guitar. I thought it could serve two purposes: learning to play the guitar, and bonding with my dad. One evening I approached my dad with the Gibson 335. He looked at me and with a serious voice said, "Do you want to learn how to play guitar?" I said, "yes", and from that day forward i found my escape from the dysfunctional side of my family. I practiced all the time, sometimes for 8 hours. I became addicted. I got my lucky break, and started performing with a professional group right out of high school. I was making a living at it and had lots of fun doing that, but living way too fast.

In my mid 30's, I fell into a drug addiction that lasted over 10 years. My family and friends thought i was a goner, done, washed up! Well I'm still here, only by the Grace of God! I realize now that God allowed me to become attracted / addicted to learning how to perform various instruments to one day glorify Him with my talents. The drug was Satan's attempt to ruin that plan. Our God is BIGGER and more powerful than anything that may try to destroy us.

Praise God!!

Today I am so thankful and grateful for Pastor Clark and Men Of Grace. I am also grateful for my church, Grace Gospel Fellowship and Grace Centers of Hope. They're all a constant reminder that it was JESUS that set me free. Thank you Pastor Clark for preaching that Ol' Grace message over and over and over!!!!

My favorite verse of the Bible is Isaiah 12:5 "Sing unto the Lord for he hath done wonderful things. This is known in all the earth! May all the Glory be to God!"

 

Dwayne Anthony

Men of Grace & Worship Assistant Director
Vocals, Songwriter, Poet, Producer

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Hello, I am Dwayne Anthony a man of grace. I was born in Detroit, Mi to my parents whom I love and respectfully call James and Evelyn. I am the eldest of four brothers and one sister. Growing up in an unequally yoked household, life for me was twofold. My Dad, although he was a hardworking man, did not practice religion on a regular basis. My Mom, a loving and nurturing woman kept me in my Grandfather’s church where I learned of the Holy Trinity of God, I also learned to sing there at the early age of four. Eventually, I taught my brothers harmony and began writing songs for us. My brothers and I have sung in churches and performed at various venues throughout our lives, music has always been a part of my soul.

Unfortunately, at that time, none of this satisfied my insecurities and soon the worldly part of my upbringing surfaced. I found myself medicating early on as I struggled to find inner peace. I have had good and bad times in my life, major accomplishments and major disappointments. As my addiction progressed, the disappointments outweighed the accomplishments and finally enough was enough. I thank God for my Grandfather and Mom who led me to the Lord early on because when I grew older and needed Christ he was there. A special thanks to Pastor Kent Clark, who taught me about God's saving Grace and how God loves me in spite of myself. I truly believe that my life’s experiences are all relevant and this is why my life scripture is Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to HIS PURPOSE." He has chosen me and my life’s purpose is to serve God with my gifts... giving him all the Glory!

 

Darrell Jackson

Sax, Vocals

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Hello my name is Darrell Jackson, I was born in Detroit, Mi blessed with two God fearing parents my Father (God rest his soul) served as a Pastor. My life was very good as a child. As I grew older I was faced with many challenges but thru the Grace of God

I was able to overcome many difficult situations by the blood of the Lamb. My favorite scripture is: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me” and it is this scripture and the precious love of Christ that gives me hope in all adversity.

 


Nick Prevas

Piano, Accordion, Clarinet, Vocals

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I was born in Baltimore, Maryland on Dec, 19th 1943 the second generation of Greek immigrants from sparta greece baptized in saint constantine and helen greek orthodox church in Detroit Michigan. I moved to Detroit, MI permanently at the young age of 3 years old I am now 72.

I was educated in the Detroit Public school system, while studying the greek language in the Hellenic educational system (7 years) and classical piano at the Detroit Institute of Musical Art (7 years). I graduated from Lawrence Technological University (B.S.M.E) in 1969 and joined the United States Aarmy Reserves. I continued my education at Wayne State University (M.S.M.E.S) and graduated in 1973. In 1975 I was honorably discharge as a medical specialist 4th class from the United States Army Reserves; afterwards I worked 20 years in the auto industry.

I performed 50 years as a professional musician with my brother’s Peter and Aris, we were the “Prevas Brothers” Michigan’s first and father group of the Greek American ensembles. After losing both my brothers to cancer I began to play with the world music group Enthemio. My instruments include: piano, accordion, guitar, bouzouki and clarinet. I have also been blessed as a vocalist, composer, and lyricist.

In 2009, after cancer and stroke has taken my immediate family and the economic collapse had taken my finances, I was lost, sick and broken. That’s when the grace of our lord and savior Jesus Christ stepped in and led me to a wonderful place called “Grace Centers of Hope” where I entered into their 30 day program and soon was accepted into the 1 year program.

After graduating from the program at Grace Centers of Hope I joined the gospel singing group Men of Grace, a great group of guys who had been thru various struggles in life like me. Since joining the Men of Grace I have been blessed to have a new set of brothers who shared my love for music and ministry. I now enjoy helping to spread the gospel and support this great ministry called “grace centers of hope”

A special thanks to pastor Kent Clark who has opened the doors and his heart to help so many hurting souls. My favorite biblical scripture is “Psalms 150’ which speaks about praising god with our instruments..Nick Prevas.

 

Al Anderlie

Drummer, Percussionist

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Hello my name is Al Anderlie I am blessed to be here. I thank God for his Grace and Mercy for with all of my ups and downs trials and tribulations God has constantly brought me through. My recent battle with Cancer has been a constant struggle and only by the Grace of God have I been able to fight this enemy. I am grateful to be a part of the Men of Grace I love singing and playing with theses guys! Giving praises to Our Lord gives me the Hope, Peace and Strength I NEED. I will continue to fight until victory is won! Nehemiah 8:10 The Joy of the Lord is (MY) strength!

 


Mike Primeau

Drummer, Percussionist

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Hello, My name is Mike Primeau. I was born in Ferndale, and raised in Oak Park. I am the eldest of 2 sisters. I was raised in a Catholic home. I was dragged to church and Sunday school on Sundays. My mother and father owned an Audio and Video production business while raising three children, which was a challenge. They both had and still have a strong sense of faith and provided for their children a life they never had. I have always had the music gene in my blood. My grandfather played the Saxophone and cousins the flute. Music was always destined to be my gift. I tried out the sports thing in High School, but it never filled me with joy. I began connecting with a friend that played the electric guitar, and I fell in love. Together we were in various music groups playing rock n roll, heavy metal, and alternative styles of music. Drums were always a hobby of mine. While growing up I would often drum on the kitchen table and other surfaces in our home. I had the first opportunity to play the drums one night at a band practice, and knew I would play them professionally one day.

If someone had ever told me that I would be in a Gospel Group playing worship music, I would have laughed in their face. But the will of our mighty God is much stronger than our own. Throughout college the lord was already working in me, and I had no idea. He brought a girl into my life that began showing me who God really was. She invited me to church, bible studies, and shared the gospel with me in our free time. We then parted ways, as I wanted to explore my faith on my own and figure out what God really was trying to tell me. In a time of crisis I experienced how powerful God really is, and how he is the lord over my life. I surrendered my will to Christ, and became a follower. I then started using my musical talent playing guitar in our worship team at my home church, Bridge Community Church. Through a Vacation Bible School I was volunteering in at Grace Gospel Fellowship, the lord connected me with the Men of Grace. They were in need of a drummer, and I felt God was calling me to play with them. Playing with the Men of Grace has grown the praise and worship part of my life more than I ever imagined possible. Gospel music has touched my heart and the Lord has given me brothers, and taken me places that continue to bless me to this day.

 


Discography

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References

Information gathered from MOG website, Facebook, YouTube and AllMusic