Gospel Singer Marvin Sapp on the Mend after Wife's Death

Nnpa | 5/23/2012, 4:25 p.m.

Waverly Alston, a Gospel music composer/choir director/sacred jazz artist and Philly resident is also a fan.

"I sense his sincerity in his delivery and the lyrics that he chooses to sing are Biblically based," he said. "I recently listened to the title track of the 'Never Would Have Made It' album 'Thirsty' - what a wonderful album."

And local radio celebrity Patty Jackson of WDAS summed the singer up by offering words about Sapp's music ministry.

"He has great music that touches your soul!"

Sapp's music transcends musical genres; his music has such wide appeal because of its heart-felt lyrics. His breakout hit, "Never Would Have Made It" was a song he wrote as an ode and eulogy for his father's funeral.

"It was birthed out of my pain," he said.

The song made Sapp a superstar within the music industry and with millions of adoring fans worldwide.Being a widower, a father, a music mogul, an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and a full time senior pastor and founder of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, in Grand Rapids, Mich., would be a daunting task for many men, but Sapp appears to remain focused.

"If you prioritize stuff, you won't break it, you won't drop it," he said. "I make sure that I keep things in their proper place. I'm a father first, I'm a pastor, I'm a recording artist, I'm an entrepreneur, I do a whole lot of stuff, that's how I keep things going."