(Courtesy of Avery Stafford)
From the heart of the world-renowned Silicon Valley comes the soulful music of Avery Stafford. He says, "Taking the gospel of Jesus Christ and wrapping it in music is what I want to do. '...I was made for this...' is declared in one of my favorite songs. I have been singing since I was two years old. When I was old enough to realize what God had done for me by sending his Son, I knew what I wanted to do. I want to take the Gospel to the world through music."
Hailed as "a delicious lesson in vocal harmony," Avery has a Bachelors degree in Christian Ministry from Abilene Christian University and a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies from Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He currently serves on staff as Worship Pastor for Trinity Church in Sunnyvale, CA. "Every time I sign my name, I tag it with Joshua 24:15: '...As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord...' I have written many songs while watching my children play in the park and at the beach." Their names are Marlea, Stephan, and Kerrington. He is married to Nina.
Stafford, a native Californian, has recorded four albums. In 2001, Avery was selected as one of the MP3.coms top Gospel artists. The title song Bridges peaked at number 11 on the MP3.com Christian Pop charts and number 15 on the Spiritual Pop charts. He has performed for Blackmon Enterprises' Gospel Hit-Breakers Showcase in N. Hollywood, the Urban Gospel Alliance New Artist Showcase at the Riverside Convention Center, and the West Coast Praze Show in Hollywood to name a few. Currently, Gospel radio stations throughout the United States and abroad are giving regular airplay to Get My Praise On and How Sweet It Is (2b loved by You!). Also, Avery is a two-time nominee for the 2006 Los Angeles Music Awards.
His current INDIE album project, Undignified, has recently been reviewed as being "the most innovative vocal performance since Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' record." It is seasoned with R&B, Gospel, and Contemporary Urban flavors. Producers and musicians for this project have worked with Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac, Little Richard, Ambrosia, Rolls Royce, Ohio Player, Frank Zappa, and Quincy Jones, just to name a few.