STANDING AT THE CROSSROADS OF MY LIFE
Frank Boyd Jr. expresses his gratitude for his CD Release Concert at The Bookery Parable Christian Store in Mansfield, Ohio USA on June 14, 2013 as part of their "Friday Night Live" Concert program:
Frank says, "A special thank you to Dale Powers and Race Ministries and the wonderful staff at The Bookery Parable Christian Store, especially manager Tammie Owens and concert organizer Doris Morr. Also, my heartfelt thanks to my fantastic bandmates and a special shout out to the co-producer of my album with Dale, Kevin Graham, and my beloved wife Leslie for contributing lyrics for several songs on the album!
Frank Boyd Jr. was born on February 10, 1954 in Brownsville, Tennessee to his late parents Bessie and Frank Boyd Sr. as the elder sibling to his sister and brother. He knew the love of Jesus and music in church through his family and was born again in his early youth.
Frank recalls, "At the age of five, my Dad gave me my first guitar and I wanted to be a blues player just like him. When I was 15, I started playing in my first band. I never thought that I could sing, but somebody had to do it!"
Early musical influences were B.B. King, Albert King, Albert Collins as well as Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, the soulful sounds of Motown and James Brown. He pursued a musical career as a professional playing the blues with various bands throughout the Midwest for over twenty years.
"When I think back on my secular career, it was all about me. Now it's all about God and reaching people with his Word. Especially for the lost souls and sharing the good news about the Kingdom of Heaven. That is my joy today."
It was in 2001 when Frank and his beloved wife, Leslie, were at a Christmas party in Columbus, Ohio that his life and music career were dramatically transformed. "We were watching people dancing to Silent Night by The Temptations and something changed. On our way home, we realized that soulful music needed to be part of the church worship experience. Shortly after that I was watching a story about a rock star on TV whose life was a disaster. I said to myself, 'What's wrong with this fool?' and realized that at the age of 47 that I was at a crossroads in my own life. It reminded me of the Scripture about gaining the whole world and losing your soul. I knew what I had needed to do before, but I kept running from it. I could choose life or choose death. It was then that I re-dedicated my life and music to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."
Through fellow musician and bandmate Jeff Reeder, Dale Powers was invited to Frank's church where he was part of the music worship team. Dale recalls, "Things just clicked. I had already been there with my music and sensed Frank's yearning to play music for the Lord. I knew that God was going to use us."
Frank says, "It's simple. It's a God thing. God knew what He wanted us to do. That is to make it all about Him. God used Dale and me to assemble a team to share the Gospel using our music as a vehicle."
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