Gospel Star Marvin Sapp To Open G.R.E.A.A.T. Arts School In Michigan
Friday, September 05, 2008 — by Wow Jones
This past Easter, during my ONLY visit to a church this year, I heard the Pentacostal Church Choir sing a song I’d been hearing a LOT of on
contemporary “urban” radio. It’s called “Never Would Have Made It” and after some asking around, I found out that it’s a COLLOSAL and popular hit by gospel singer Marvin Sapp.
Well, in the August 18, 2008 issue of JET Magazine (photo below), there was an article that was…nice to read about this gospel talent.
In the article/profile by Keri Carpenter (“Marvin Sapp To Open Academy for Arts, Technology in Michigan” JET Magazine–August 18, 2008), JET Magazine goes on to spread the fantastic news that this gospel singer is opening up an arts school (to be run by his wife Malinda Sapp) somewhere in Michigan. It’s called Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology (GREAAT).
Marvin Sapp is quoted as saying,
“Urban youth that have the arts as a partner with core curriculums test five times higher than those who don’t…”
I don’t have any figures to dispute or debate that statement, but that’s a nice thing. To open up a school (with an arts curriculum) in an urban environment. Hope it works out well.
The profile goes on succinctly mention his background, the sales figures of his smash hit song “Never Would Have Made It”, the sales figures of his album “Thirsty”, and the story of the hit’s “birthing”. Apparently it came to him while he was in the pulpit at The Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, MI.
What will Marvin Sapp do next? We’ll have to wait and see…
–The Wow Jones Report