In 1989, you started Score Magazine, which later became Gospel Today Magazine. What inspired you to enter this type of business?
As I stated, I had a love for gospel music. As I evolved and became a part of the gospel music industry, and was doing marketing there, I started a newsletter for the record label I worked for. They loved it, but they used it in another division therefore I sought the approval of my boss at the time, to begin my own. He did not oppose my suggestion and neither of us really knew that it would grow and proliferate the way it did. It was something I saw as filling a need of getting information to people. I was trying to connect people with news and inspiration in which they needed. My message to anyone who is interested in starting a business is always make sure you position yourself to serve others. This indeed requires a great level of humility and that is the posture that will make you feel the most fulfilled when you position yourself to serve.
After launching Score Magazine, you moved to Nashville and worked at Benson Records as the Marketing Director for such artists as Commissioned, Fred Hammond, Alberta Walker, and there you also signed Hezekiah Walker. Then in 1992, you made the decision to leave Benson Records to work full time at what was then Score Magazine. How was that transition for you?
It was one of the scariest times in my life. I went from the security of a paycheck every other week to no security; to just trusting God that the vision he had shown me would grow and develop into something that would sustain me as well as my three young children at the time. It was indeed a leap of faith.
What would you say to a single mother who has dreams and aspirations but finds herself in doubt due to the appearance of her present?
I think there is a fine line between faith and foolishness. Sometimes we say what we call faith is really foolish, because God’s timing is perfect. There will be several indications as there was when I left Benson Records that it was time for me to move into my next season. What literally had been happening with the magazine is that it began to overtake my role at Benson. It began to really challenge me in a way where I was forced to choose one or the other. I knew what God had called me to do. A lot of times young people have dreams and visions, and we should have them, but we are afraid to actually step out and operate in them. But, you have to hear God for his timing because you don’t want to run out ahead of Him for that will always lead to heartache, extra stress and disaster. I always looked for those signs which when it is your time you will know exactly when to transition.