Music is one of the most effective forms of worship and hymns are a vital part of the worship experience in church. They serve as a prayer of thanks and an expression of commitment. Hymns also helped to build unity and a sense of community with the saints.
I started this journey of putting together a website to teach hymns, because I had a passion to learn them and to play them correctly. I remember being in a service and the deacons led the congregation in a hymn I never heard before in my life. I did the best I could playing it by ear but later realized it was incorrect. At that moment I realized that those who grew up on listening to hymns wanted to hear them correctly. My desire to serve not only my ministry, but the body of Christ at birthed this idea and I am the site’s first student.
Play4hymn.com, a subsidiary of Isaiah Entertainment Group LLC, is leading online music learning platform committed to help anyone learn hymns and sacred music to achieve personal and professional goals. We offer free access to our comprehensive audio database of hymns to learn how they are played. Through member subscriptions, members have access to a high quality video library that shows how the hymns are to be played. We then offer courses and products to expand their ability beginner to advanced.
Anthony Walker Bio
Recording Artist, Pianist and Composer
Anthony began his piano training in his native St. Paul, Minnesota, at age five, making his public debut at age ten. He received his M. Mus degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Temple University where he studied with the late Natalie Hinderas. His musical background in classical, gospel, jazz and rhythm & blues has established Anthony in high demand as a solo artist, session musician, teacher and producer. His sophisticated style is comparable to jazz icons Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample, Ramsey Lewis, Bobby Lyle, and George Duke. His talent as a pianist has allowed Anthony to perform for audiences on five continents, sharing the stage with acts such as Stevie Wonder, Patti Austin, Raheem DeVaughn, Leela James, Kelly Price, Chaka Khan, Cynthia Erivo, Robert Glasper, The Yellow Jackets, jazz vocal group Take Six, gospel legend Richard Smallwood, Donnie McClurkin, Maurette Brown Clark, Kim Burrell, Edwin Hawkins, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Vickie Winans, and T.D. Jakes and the Potter’s House Mass Choir. He also spent five months on Broadway and 18 months touring with The Winans in the gospel musical, “Don’t Get God Started.” Additionally as a solo artist, Anthony headlines regularly at the prestigious Blues Alley in Washington D.C., City Winery DC, Amp by Strathmore and the legendary jazz venue The Blue Note in New York City. He’s also been a featured performer with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the San Diego Symphony Pops and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In his role as musical director for Grammy Award winner Ledisi, Anthony performed at The White House (at the request of First Lady Michelle Obama) as well as the 2013 Inauguration of President Barack Obama and has made multiple television appearances including the NBC Today Show, the CBS Morning Show, Late Night with David Letterman Show, Good Morning America and The Queen Latifah Show. In 2000-2001, the Smithsonian Institution invited Anthony to be part of its 18-month-long exhibit of historic pianos, commemorating the 300-year anniversary of instrument’s invention. As part of this showcase, Anthony played pianos that had been favored instruments of artists as diverse as Liberace, Liszt, Duke Ellington, Beethoven and Mozart.
Anthony is the Music Director at Hope Christian Church (Greater DC area) as well as Music Director for the Washington Performing Arts Men, Women and Children of the Gospel Choirs. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Piano and Music at Eastern University in St. David’s, PA.
Anthony resides in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with his wife, vocalist Bonita Walker and are the proud parents of two children, Drummer Joshua and Flautist Lauren.
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Solo Projects: “Convergence,” “Rekeyed,” and “Working It Out” available on iTunes, Amazon and all digital distribution outlets
Jamar’s story begins as a child prodigy on piano. Following his mother’s intuition to enroll him in a class at the age of four, it was only a few short years before Jamar was not only composing original tunes, but performing them in recitals.
As a jazz arrangement and composition major at Temple University in Philadelphia, Jamar began working professionally in the music industry. His first producer credit was “Dear God” for fellow Philadelphia natives Boyz II Men on their Grammy-nominated album, “Evolution” in 1997. To date, he has worked as producer, music director, songwriter, string arranger and session musician for a who’s who list of artists including: Jill Scott; Fantasia; Jamie Foxx; Kanyé West; Musiq Soulchild; Richard Smallwood; Mary Mary; the Philly Pops as well as the producer of the theme song, “So Amazing” for the Denzel Washington movie “The Hurricane,” featuring Boyz II Men and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
After continuing to be recognized as a skilled arranger and musician, Jones played in the rhythm section for the live performance of the 2018 Oscars and soundtrack for award-nominated film, “The Greatest Showman.” He is the 2018 recipient of an ASCAP award for Top Cable Television Series for The New Edition Story, on which he was the underscore composer.
Fans of Patti LaBelle’s critically-acclaimed, jazz album, “Bel Hommage,” (released in May 2017) have had the chance to sample Jamar’s brilliance of string and piano arrangements.
Having worked as producer, writer, arranger and music director for on a who’s who list of recording artists, Jamar is finally stepping into the spotlight with his solo project, Fatherless Child.
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