In 1994, Walker answered another "let
God" calling when he started tile Love Fellowship Tabernacle Church in Brooklyn New
York. Every church has to have some sort of musical entity; for Love Tabernacle it was the
Love Fellowship Tabernacle Church Choir, better known as LFT. Their musical virtuosity is
displayed on this self-titled debut album for Verity Records.
At the onset, Walker
mandated that there would be no choir at the church. He wanted a church centered on the
Word of God and the celebration of the Spirit. The last thing Walker wanted was a
music-oriented church engulfed with a number of celebrities.
"We started small, with less than 50 people, herein Brooklyn, New York, where I
grew up," Walker recollects. "As far as music was concerned, we had a small
praise and worship team led by a young man named Joeworn Martin But after about a year so
many good singers had started attending our church Joeworn approached me with the strong
conviction that it was time to form a choir of our own."
Joeworn went forth with Pastor Walker's blessings, and in 1995 formed the first Love
Fellowship Tabernacle Choir with 20 church members. Today, 60 voices strong, LFT under
Joeworn's direction, has established sound and sense of purpose of their own.
Walker has the utmost confidence in the abilities and leadership qualities of Joeworn,
someone he initially knew only through his reputation within Brooklyn's church community.
"Initially, my only knowledge of Joeworn was through the reputation he had
obtained," says Walker. "I had never heard him play a lick, but God, in His
infinite wisdom, showed me that Joeworn was who I needed to head up the music department
at the church."
Walker adds, "This album displays just how talented this young man is. Along with
conducting the choir, he sings and plays keyboards on most of the songs as well as writing
or co-writing a majority of the songs. Realistically speaking, Joeworn is the very heart
and soul of the choir."
Although Walker has distanced himself from the choir, allowing them to develop their
own identity, for the album he took and active role, serving in the capacity of executive
producer together with co-producing the album with Donald Lawrence.
"From the start, LFT has been a choir with an identity all its own," says
Walker. But any thing I get into to any degree is going to come out with at least a bit of
me and my sound and who I am running through it. This is by no means a Love Fellowship
Crusade Choir album. But at the same time, almost anybody who's gotten into those albums
is going to pick right up on LFT, and I think it, will even take them places they don't
Joeworn and LFT present an album chock full of music earmarked for those who enjoy the
traditional sound of Sunday morning church music.
"So much of today's gospel music is in an urban contemporary radio kind of
pocket," says Walker. "It's great, but it's not the kind of thing a congregation
and choir can sink their teeth into in a church setting. The music on LFT's album is more
traditional gospel at its foundation with a strong flavoring of contemporary influences,
instead of the other way around."
The album contains a number of songs that one could easily "get their praise
on" to. Getting things off to a rollicking start are four high-octane rockers in a
row; I Will Bless The Lord, Do You Know Him, Glad To Be Alive and He's Holy. Walker moves
from the producer's chair to lend a lead vocal to the track Teach Me. Slowing down the
pace, ushering in an atmosphere of reflection and praise are ballads Is such as Help Me
Pray, King Of Kings, You Kept Me' and He'll Be There. Hezekiah Wall or has a special place
in his heart for LFT.
"I feel a very special gratification in this choir," says Walker. "I've
seen it grow from a dream to a wonderful, anointed reality. This is my baby I have the joy
and contentment of a father who's seen his children grow up strong straight true and doing
great things for the Lord.