Damien Sneed Presents The Levites’ Gathering…June 5-7
Damien Sneed Presents The Levites’ Gathering June 5- 7 in Detroit
The Inaugural Conference is a Forum for Music Ministers, Musicians, Psalmists, Praise and Worship Leaders and More
Special Guests Include Bishop Jason Nelson, Elder Mark Jackson and Prophetess Denise Blaze
(New York, NY –May 8, 2014) – Conductor, pianist, producer and recording artist Damien L. Sneed presents The Levites’ Gathering, a forum for spiritual refreshing, prophetic impartation and strategic empowerment in the areas of the Levitical priesthood: music ministers, musicians, psalmists, prophetic minstrels, praise and worship leaders, sound engineers and more. The conference theme is “The Season of Synchronization,” and will feature guest speakers Bishop Jason Nelson, Elder Mark Jackson and Prophetess Denise Blaze. Musical guests include James Ziegler, Judy Ray Tucker, Damien Sneed & The Levites and more. The conference will be held Thursday, June 5, through Saturday, June 7, at the Abyssinia Christ Centered Ministries in Southfield, MI, where Bishop Iona E. Locke, serves as a senior pastor and host of this year’s conference.
Sneed’s desire is that every participant will not just attend another conference or meeting, but actually leave strengthened and encouraged to keep going. “Many times we gather in conference settings and are charged and refreshed, but leave with no sense of direction after the event is over,” says Sneed. “This gathering has a charge and design to allow each gift to be launched onto a clear path to their destiny and purpose. This will not be an ordinary conference.”
Sneed believes that “The Season of Synchronization,” speaks to the fact that we are living in a time where there are many different sounds and conflicting voices making impact in our generation. He feels it is our duty and assignment in this season to make sure our sound and our voice has a clarion call of synchronization—“to move, operate and work at the same rate and exactly together.”
Some of the topics covered will be “Where is our sound going? What are the real needs in our churches musically, as contrasted to their merely felt needs? How do I balance industry vs. ministry?” Sneed said “the Season of Synchronization” is where God desires all musicians, singers, etc. throughout the Body of Christ to be on one accord, join in unity and be conduits of a fresh sound of worship.
For more information on the conference, please visit: www.thelevitesgathering.com.
ABOUT DAMIEN SNEED
Damien Sneed is a rising star who is widely admired for his range of musical talents and his extraordinary achievements in his burgeoning career. A 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence, which is presented annually to emerging Black and Latino leaders in classical music, Sneed has also garnered attention in a wide range of other musical genres, including jazz, gospel, pop and R&B. A pianist, organist, conductor, composer, producer, arranger, vocal coach and lecturer, Sneed has worked with jazz, classical, pop and R&B legends such as Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Carlos Santana, Ashford & Simpson, David Sanborn, and Kenny Burrell. He has served as music director for GRAMMY® Award-winning gospel artists, including The Clark Sisters, Richard Smallwood, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark Sheard, Kim Burrell and Kierra Sheard. Sneed’s other professional affiliations have included The Juilliard School, Jazz at Lincoln, the City University of New York, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University, The Boys Choir of Harlem, the Martina Arroyo Foundation, and Yamaha as an endorsed Influential Artist. An acclaimed artist with a global reach Sneed has performed in Europe, Japan, the U.S. Virgin Islands, South America, Africa and over 42 states in the United States. He is a graduate of John S. Davidson Fine Arts School, and he has studied at some of the finest conservatories and universities, including Howard University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music – Piano Performance; the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University; New York University, where he earned a Master of Music in Music Technology: Scoring for Film and Multimedia; and the Manhattan School of Music. In 2010,he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Music from the Christian Bible Institute and Seminary. Sneed created an independent label, LeChateau Earl Records, with Bishop Iona Locke in2009. The label reflects Sneed’s varied musical interests, and features critically-acclaimed artists from gospel, jazz, classical and other musical genres.