American singer DeDe Jones will be taking to the stage in two local churches as part of her ‘Simply Worship’ tour.
Also featuring choir St Andrew’s Praise, DeDe will be performing in Carnmoney Methodist Church and the People’s Church in Mallusk.
DeDe has been involved in the music scene almost since birth through her parents involvement.
The singer and guitarist’s rich and soulful style allows her to cross all genres from rock and R&B to country and gospel.
Millions have experienced God through DeDe’s ministry singing and sharing her inspirational story in auditoriums, churches, stadiums and on television around the world.
As well as being director of worship arts at St Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Arlington, Texas, DeDe also sings with OneWill, a band of talented musicians and vocalists who have shared the stage with a diverse collection of musical greats.
Throughout her life, DeDe’s goal has been to use her voice and her story to inspire and uplift everyone who hears her.
She continues to listen for God’s guidance in her life and looks forward to new ways to use her voice.
The local concerts have been in the planning for the best part of the past year and organiser Melanie Owens, from Carnmoney Methodist Church, said audiences were in for a treat.
She said: “DeDe has a really powerful voice, one that inspires and has you captured from the first note to the last.
“She performs everything from contemporary music to upbeat songs and slow ballads. She does an amazing version of ‘I Will Always love You’ - you would just think it’s Whitney Houston you were listening to.
“To me it is more of a voice and she is more than just a performer, she really does have the presence of God in her voice.”
Melanie, an English teacher at Glengormley High School has also organised a set of concerts and workshops which DeDe will be taking in the school.
Melaine, who is also a friend of DeDe’s, added: “She will be performing her pop music songs including the likes of Adele in the concert and also giving a workshop to our performing arts students about life in the music industry.
“DeDe is such a talented performer and despite that she remains very close to her roots and is always very generous with her time, and incredible energy.
“She is really looking forward to returning to Northern Ireland and performing again, it promises to be fantastic.”
Dede will be in Glengormley Methodist Church on Sunday, June 30 from 7pm and again on Saturday, July 6 from 8pm.
She will also be performing in the People’s Church in Mallusk in July 7 at 11am.