Rapture 7 Biography
Rapture 7 was originally formed for the purpose of performing at a local food drive in Carbondale, Illinois, organized by Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. at Southern Illinois University. That initial appearance received such an overwhelmingly positive response from the community, leading to requests for performances at churches, city events, and numerous other venues.
Since that time, the musical ministry of Rapture 7 has grown in popularity and scope. The group garnered first place in the nation-wide group competition in Anderson, Indiana. The group went on to receive recognition as “Best Group” at the Illinois Quartet Convention Competition. This increased recognition lead to Rapture 7 opening for talents such as The Williams Brothers, Commissioned featuring Fred Hammond and Marvin Sapp, Ethel Holloway, and other national gospel artist.
Due to their creative abilities and unique style, which includes a gospel, R&B, neo soul, and jazz flavor, Rapture 7 has ventured into many musical arenas including churches, coffee houses, clubs, fair grounds and larger venues. The group’s ability to bridge the gap between gospel and secular is demonstrated in their remake of the Earth, Wind & Fire classic “Keep Your Head to the Sky”. The group was recognized at the Eat’m Conference in Las Vegas, where they performed at the legendary Desert Inn and gained the attention of Narada Michael Walden (produced works by Whitney Houston, Temptations and Aretha Franklin’s Freeway of Love). The group’s self-titled CD captured the attention of Parliament Records CEO Ben Weisman, who signed the group to his label and recently released their CD on Parliament Entertainment Records. Rapture 7 recently completed a new CD entitled “Security” which was released fall of 2010.
Rapture 7 takes the message they seek to communicate with their audience very seriously. Their sincere desire is to share their faith with a positive, up-lifting attitude. The group strives to give back to the community that has provided them with the tremendous opportunity to touch the hearts and minds of their fellow man through what they love doing…creating music for the soul!