Renowned gospel artist Melvin reflects on his journey from humble beginnings to Grammy recognition, sharing insights into his inspirations, collaborations, and aspirations. In this exclusive interview, Melvin discusses the fusion of tradition and innovation in his music, his approach to crafting vocal performances, and the profound impact of his latest album, “No Failure.” Join us as Melvin invites us into his world of soulful melodies, heartfelt storytelling, and unwavering faith.

How does it feel to be recognized for your work by such a prestigious institution like the Recording Academy?
Thank you so much! There were many times when I felt unqualified or not good enough to be a part of this industry. However, God has shown me otherwise. Being recognized by this incredible institution is an absolute honor. It’s proof that your gifts will always make room for you.
Your musical journey has been remarkable. Could you share with us some of the key influences or experiences that have shaped your artistry up to this point?
When I was younger, I was the kid who would watch video after video, DVD after DVD, and practice singing for hours! I would study artists like Kim Burrell, Mary Mary, Tye Tribbett, Ella Fitzgerald, and my Mom and Dad—the list goes on! Most of my friends couldn’t stand it. I’m still that kid to this very day (except for the DVDs lol). I think music is one of the main things that has helped shape who I am today.
Your latest album received critical acclaim. What was the inspiration behind it, and how do you feel it represents your growth as an artist?
The inspiration for “No Failure,” came from my desire to showcase who Melvin is becoming and the message I wanted to convey to people. I had the privilege of being an Executive Producer for this album. That involved super long Zoom meetings, writing and co-writing, teaching, being the last to leave, etc. So, I was really able to put my imprint on the entire process, and that meant everything to me.
Being nominated for a Grammy is a significant milestone in any artist’s career. What was your initial reaction when you found out about the nomination?
When I found out I was nominated for a Grammy, I froze. I was in complete shock. I cried, thanking God for believing in me and pushing me forward. But honestly, even now, it’s still hard to wrap my head around.
Your vocal style is incredibly dynamic and soulful. How do you approach the process of crafting your vocal performances, especially in the studio recording setting?
Singing a song is like telling a story or painting a picture. With every song, there’s a different story to tell, and I like to be intentional about approaching each song by first understanding its personality. It’s always fun to go in and just try to sing the whole song in one take to see what happens, but I do make sure to go back and either make better choices or correct mistakes.
Many fans and critics alike have praised your ability to infuse gospel music with contemporary sounds. How do you strike a balance between honoring tradition and pushing boundaries in your music?
As an artist, I want to connect generations through gospel music. Our young people don’t know enough about our history, and our seniors often don’t care to understand the passion and style of our young people. Why not create a space where both generations can agree on one sound and worship the same God?
Collaboration seems to be a recurring theme in your work. Can you tell us about some of the collaborations on your latest project and what you believe they brought to the music?
On this latest project collaborating with Chandler Moore was a highlight for me. Growing up around him there would be times we would sit around and just practice together he would play. I would sing then he would sing and I would harmonize because I couldn’t play. Being able to have those memories and see the fruits of that labor in a professional space is mind-blowing and an absolute honor.
Beyond the Grammy nomination, what other goals or aspirations do you have for your music career in the near future?
I’m praying to God for vision and ideas to lead more souls to Christ, especially through community. Also, paying tribute to amazing musical influences. I want to create simply because music and serving are what I love.
Your journey from winning BET’s Sunday Best to now being a Grammy-nominated artist is inspiring. What advice would you give to aspiring musicians who are just starting out in the industry?
Trust in the gift God has given you. Practice every day! Keep God first in everything you do and stay focused. Be humble and kind always! There’s always room for improvement, so always be open to learning something new. Lastly, remember Matthew 6:33.
Lastly, how do you plan to celebrate this incredible achievement, and what can fans expect from you in the coming year?
Well, I need me a real vacation! So, I’m definitely planning to celebrate with that! You can expect more music, more content, and even more love for God’s people.

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