Jeremiah Hicks is also one of the most in-demand background vocalists. Background singers play a vital role in the well-orchestrated delivery of songs.
The vocal expertise of Jeremiah Hicks explains why he was tapped to sing background on Marvin Sapp‘s 2011 live recording, I Win. He’s on the Billboard-charting Greater Refuge Ministries Choir‘s debut album, Bless the Lord.
Hicks can be seen on a regular basis singing with with multiple award-winning artist Byron Cage. He sang background on Cage’s recent Memoirs of a Worshipper CD. He also sang background vocals on Stephen Hurd‘s O That Men Would Worship project. He is currently on sabbatical, but sings with Mike McCoy and Voices United as well. This month, he ministered “Lord I Praise You” with Pastor Clint Brown at Judah Conference 2013.
And yes, that was Jeremiah touring on the 2012 King’s Men Tour providing background for gospel greats Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton and Marvin Sapp. During the King’s Men stop in Washington, D.C., McClurkin called on Hicks to sing “Great Is Thy Mercy.”
His friendship with singer Isaac Carree led to him getting connected with the King’s Men for considering. Hicks expressed how thankful he is for Carree’s support. Hicks’ vocal prowess allowed him to capture the much sought-after role on the tour.
The group, known for their background work, parlayed their skills into a recording contract and a well received debut album, Better. Hicks sings lead on “Amazing Worth.”
One person that has been very influential in his vocal training is his voice coach Pastor Thomasina Portis who has been coaching Hicks for the past two years.
Hicks is a singer who not only has a rich voice, but has the personality and spirit of excellence that compliments it. Those character traits were developed at home.
The singer and his brother Aaron grew up in the church under the watchful eye of their parents, Pastor Bobby D. Hicks and First Lady Tyonnie Hicks. He credits them for his upbringing. “They have been my greatest earthly examples of Christian living,” Hicks lovingly said.
He joined the music ministry when he was just two years old. “My parents saw my calling and passion even then.” Hicks is currently the music minister at New Home Baptist Church in Landover, MD. It’s a familiar role as Hicks says that’s where he’s been, “all my life serving under my Dad.”
It is obvious Pastor and First Lady Hicks instilled a sense of compassion into their son as well. In January, Hicks teamed with Dave Hammond for the music video, “Heal The Land,” a tribute to the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
One might wonder why we haven’t gotten an album yet from such a prolific singer as Jeremiah Hicks. I asked Hicks that question earlier this month at the COGIC AIM Convention in Baltimore. A man of priorities, he married the love of his life, Tanisha two years ago. Now, he feels the time is right to move forward to begin work on his album, one that should please longtime fans and supporters.
Hicks is keeping the name of his upcoming album under wraps, but he did say this about the album:
“ I know that it will be from a worship leader’s perspective. I pray to deliver a message of how important it is to love God, because he loves us. So it will be praise and worship geared.”
Check out this video of Jeremiah Hicks performing “Total Praise” at Byron Cage’s 50th birthday celebration.