Winter Edition, Volume 2, Issue 4: Someone You Should Know


James Willis is a native of Oklahoma City. Music is not foreign to him. He was born with a melodic intrinsic component. His musical heritage is grounded in the rich traditional roots of the church. Willis has been singing since he was six years old. His teacher and choir director at Bethel COGIC, was Jessie Mae Refro Sapp, a major gospel recording artist in the 1950s and 1960s. When he was eight years old God gifted him with the skills to play the drums, cello, violin and guitar. 

His singing, composing and producing music for over 35 years and has traveled across this country spreading the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His repertoire is well-documented and his performances demonstrate his enormous musicality and expressiveness with musical proficiency. Willis is an accomplished musician, songwriter, producer, artist and preacher who has worked with an “A” List of some of the greatest legendary artists in the world of gospel music. He has also performed over a number of years, as a featured artist for the Gospel Music Workshop of America. Willis has been blessed to write and record over 80 songs in the gospel music industry. Songs like “I Have Decided,” “Jesus Never Fails,” “Great Day,” “I Can’t Wait,” “When Jesus Touched Me,” “This Joy,” just to name a few that have been sung across the country. His song, “I Have Decided” is featured on the AME International Choir project recorded live in 2014 in Chicago, which won the Rhythm of Gospel Award for Best CD project and Best Choir Music in July 2015. He released his fourth CD entitled, “I’ll Praise Him LIVE” along with a music video in which he was the Featured Artist. The debut single of the same name charted on the Nielsen/BDS Gospel Charts in July 2015 and is still climbing.


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