A Hallettsville native was among some of the best independent singers and bands from around the world to walk the red carpet at the 2017 Indie Music Channel Awards in Hollywood.
Ameera York, of Hallettsville, a multi-award winning gospel artist, was among the stars April 23 at the 2017 Indie Music Channel Awards.
York won Best Contemporary Christian Duo of the Year for her song “Warriors” and Best Gospel Recording of the Year for her rendition of “Precious Lord.”
York also won Best Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year at the 2016 IMC Awards.
“Everyone has a gift; my gift is singing and rapping – the gift of song,” the 35-year-old singer said. “I enjoy when I sing; I am able to bless others and inspire them.”
York has been rapping since she was 6 years old. At age, she recorded her first track on a song her stepdad composed.
Originally she was only interested in secular music until her mother volunteered her to sing at church.
“I literally ran away from singing gospel music. I used to be the one at the back of the church laughing,” she said of her life before she performed in church. “My mom would volunteer me to do it, and now I just do it to glorify Him.”
York has been professionally singing Christian music for about eight years. When it comes to song writing, she said she writes as God speaks to her. While she performs gospel music, she also likes to go back to her rapping roots.
York has been told she does not look the part of a rapper, and when she is told she can’t do it, she likes to go against the grain. Because people are encouraged to use all of their gifts, she still raps because it is part of who she is.
“My three brothers taught me how to rap and flow, no way can I push it by the wayside,” she said. “Every now and then, I bust out a flow in one of my concerts.”
Throughout her success, she said it is humbling to learn how sufficient God’s grace is and knowing that she is making her parents proud by showing them that what they invested in her is paying…