Author James C. Birdsong Jr. receives Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

Birdsong is a member of the famed Birdsong Family

James C. Birdsong, Jr., author of the inspirational memoir, The Best is Yet to Come: A Testimony of One Young Man’s Redemption, two-time Who’s Who in America listee and member of the famed Birdsong family will be the recipient of the 2019 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Marquis Who’s Who in Berkeley Heights, NJ.

The most prestigious distinction from Marquis Who’s Who, the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award is reserved for biographees who have demonstrated leadership, excellence and longevity within their respected industries and professions. Birdsong was selected by a committee for his numerous accomplishments in the Gospel music industry, entertainment and
leadership as a community trailblazer.

The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award is the most recent of Birdsong’s extending record of numerous awards, honors, proclamations and resolutions. He is the first member of his family to receive this award. “I was not expecting this recognition,” says Birdsong. “God made this possible for
me. I am grateful to the editorial staff and selection committee of Marquis Who’s Who for their consideration.” Past recipients of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award include business magnate Warren Buffett, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Colin
Powell. Birdsong will be featured on the Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement website.

ames C. Birdsong, Jr. gets awardFollowing the publication of The Best is Yet to Come: A Testimony of One Young Man’s Redemption, Birdsong has shared his story of overcoming on a variety of media platforms nationwide and encouraging today’s youth to reach their greatest potential. His national television debut on “Real Life,”
the flagship broadcast of the Cornerstone Television Network in Pittsburg, PA reached six million viewers. Birdsong’s goal was reassuring others to trust in God and follow their purpose.

A native of Richmond, CA, Birdsong hails from a lineage of movers and shakers in the entertainment arena. Cindy Birdsong, a member of Patti LaBelle & the Bluebells and Diana Ross & the Supremes launched her successful solo career in the 1980s. Edwin Birdsong, a 1970s disco/funk era keyboardist
died on January 21, 2019 at 77-years-old was sampled by today’s Billboard chart-topping hip-hop artists such as Kanye West and Snoop Dogg earned multiple GRAMMY ® awards and nominations. Otis Birdsong, a former four-time NBA All-Star professional basketball player for 12 seasons was inducted
into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City, MO.

An aspiring Gospel singer, songwriter, pastor, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and children’s advocate, Birdsong has earned the respect and admiration of politicians, community and entertainment leaders and luminaries.

A member of national music organizations such as the Atlanta Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, the Gospel Music Association and the Stellar Awards Gospel Music Academy, he plans to start a Gospel label for aspiring artists on the national platform, record his debut CD, and establish the James C. Birdsong, Jr. Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization in Atlanta, GA with the goal of assisting African-American youth nationwide follow their dreams in the music and arts from a Christian perspective. To learn more about Birdsong, log on to

Reach him on social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Sarah Hearn
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Sarah Hearn is Editor-in-Chief of, founded in 2011. The site was recently named among Feedspot's Top Gospel and Christian Music Websites.  Sarah is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Gospel Music Association.
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