FREDA* born April 15, 1966 into a family filled with music, has begun her true pursuit in Gospel Music. She’s the eldest of six children, wife of twenty six years and a mother of three sons. She’s been singing since age 4, playing piano since age 7, playing organ since age 12, writing and composing songs since age 12 and ministering through the Word since age 16. Over the years, she has established a vast following and it just keeps growing and growing and growing.
She served as Music Minister of Grace Tabernacle Community Church of San Francisco, CA under the leadership of Bishop Ernest Jackson. She served as Music Minister of First AME Church of Oakland, CA under the leadership of Pastor Frank Mayberry. She served as Music Minister of the Godly Girls Network of San Jose, CA under the leadership of Rev. Donna Edward. She is a Charter Member/Workshop Instructor of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Oakland, CA, under the leadership of Dr. Terrance Kelly. She served as an Associate Director of Joshua Generation Young Adult Choir, Praise and Worship Leader, Musician of the Berkeley Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Berkeley, CA. She served under Senior Pastor Dr. M.T. Thompson until his retirement in November 2005 for a year. She served as Music Minister of Judah, The Gathering Place of Oakland, CA, under Bishop Ross D. Garrison. She served as Minister of Music, Worship, Arts & Media of the St. Jude Christian Tabernacle Church of Sacramento, CA, under the leadership of Pastor Isaac Cotton. She served as the Minister of Music of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church of Vallejo, CA, under the leadership of Pastor Joseph Flowers. She was one of the Lead Vocalists and Musicians of the California Northwest State Jurisdiction, under the leadership of COGIC General Board Member, Bishop W.W. Hamilton. She served as a Music Minister/Gospel Idol Coordinator of the California Northwest State Women’s Department, under the leadership of Mother Mary M. Welch. She served as a Musician and Praise Leader for the California State Baptist Convention Women‘s Auxiliary, as well as Praise & Worship Instructor in the Summer Convention and the Youth and Young Adult Auxiliary Convention. She served as one of the Lead Vocalists, Musicians and Directresses of the Northern California Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America; Directress/Musician of the Helen J.H. Stephens Young Adult Voices and the Helen J.H. Stephens Angelic Voices, all under the leadership of Dr. Lady Helen J.H. Stephens - Chapter Representative. She served as the District Minister of Music of the Greater Agape’ Fellowship District, under the leadership of Superintendent Bennie Taylor. She served as Music Minister of the Memorial Tabernacle Church, Oakland, CA, under Pastor Stephen King. She served as Praise & Worship Leader of the Parks Chapel AME Church, Oakland, CA, under the leadership of Rev. Donna Allen. She served as Praise &Worship Leader of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Oakland, CA, under the leadership of Rev. Harry Fort. She served as Music Minister of the Tabernacle of Praise Holiness Church, Richmond, CA, under the leadership of Bishop T.D. Monigan. She served as the Assistant District Minister of Music of the Pentecostal Fellowship District, under the leadership of the late Superintendent Gregory Martin and as the Minister of Music of the same District when her father became the District Superintendent. She served as the Directress of the Berkeley Mount Zion Pastor’s Choir and Teen Choir, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. M.T. Thompson. She served as a Music Minister of the Ephesians COGIC, Berkeley, CA, under the leadership of the late Bishop E.E. Cleveland. She served faithfully as a Music Minister of the Good Samaritan COGIC/Cathedral, Oakland, CA, under the leadership of the late Bishop Isaac Finley and the late Bishop German Ross. This is where her journey began.
FREDA* organized and sang at the LIVE Recording of the Refreshing Fountain COGIC Music Ministry at the Ephesians COGIC, Berkeley, CA and the album was a blessing. She participated in the LIVE Recording of the Greater Victory Temple COGIC of Seaside, CA, alongside her father on a duet lead, ‘It Won’t Change’. She sang background on a song with the group, ‘AS ONE’ on the 2nd LIVE Recording of Lawrence Matthews at the Union City Apostolic Church, ‘Be Encouraged’. She can be seen on the LIVE Video of the Olivet Institutional BC, recorded at the Union City Apostolic Church, sharing a lead with Rev. Gordon Humphrey, Bishop Yvette Flunder and Lawrence Matthews on the tune, ‘O Mary Don’t You Weep’. She then did a LIVE Solo Recording at Parks Chapel AME Church, Oakland, CA, June 1996 with ManMik Records of Seattle, Washington. It was never released. The Lord then blessed her to record two leads on the ‘United As One’ CD on Gospel Village Records in Spring 1999. After recording those tracks, Min. Derrick Mann offered her a record deal and she recorded her first single ‘Prepare For Your Destiny’. Then on July 14, 2001, the CD Just Freda* … Just Because’ was released. She wrote and arranged ten of the twelve songs on that project. She also wrote an Informational Workbook, ‘Preparing For Your Destiny’, on Alfredox Publishing,1999. She served as a Family Services Counselor and Funeral Director of the Fouche’s Hudson Funeral Home, Oakland, CA. She served as a member of the Healthy Oakland Program, as well as the Mother Mary Ann Wright Foundation. She is the Founder of SAC Entertainment Group, which covers various aspects in the Music Industry. She is the CEO of Freestyle Communications, a print media company. For the 2003-2004 School Year, she and Dr. Helen J.H. Stephens served as Chorus Instructors for Nystrom & Washington Elementary Schools in the West Contra Costa County School District, Richmond, CA. She had a total of 97 students that she taught on a weekly basis, over the course of the school year and it was very rewarding. She is the Founder of Vocaleyze, where she is the Vocal Coach. She is the CEO of Crazyfanz, where she creates customized fans for churches and other special events. Her sophomore project, ‘You’ve Been Set Up’, was released nationwide on itunes and myspace in the Fall, 2008 - Yibro Music Group, with her Producer/Music Director Maestro Ivan Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia, currently residing in Sacramento, CA.
FREDA* released her current Single, 'He Is' with the 'SANG'N SISTA'S of Northern California and her 2 Song Single, 'I Thank God'-Yibro Music Group/SAC Entertainment Group, June 24, 2016. 'All I Know'-SAC Entertainment Group, February 11, 2016, worldwide and all music can be purchased on all digital music sites. She released a 2 Song Single, 'Keep Me'-Yibro Music Group, April 17, 2012, worldwide, with the second selection 'I Need Your Spirit', a cover of a song written and recorded by the late Bishop Walter Hawkins and the Hawkins Family. It can be found on itunes, Amazon and other sites for purchase. She can be heard on the Refreshing Fountain COGIC Choir CD, ‘Stay With The Lord’, on Robalice Records, October, 2012, where she is featured on 3 selections. Her Book, ‘Married Life-Straight Talk’, along with 6 others will be released in 2013. She released her second book, 'CHOSEN, Not A Choice', 2014. Both books can be found on Amazon. Her production company will do its first Stage Comedy Play in 2014 ‘Lyons Family Meeting’. She has several Video Clips on Youtube and the most memorable to date is one she did with Kim Burrell. She is gifted in the Word of God and speaks to various organizations and Women’s Groups, as well as Music Ministries.