Manna from Heaven
I am a wife and mother of five, grandmother of six and great-grandmother of one. My name is Minister Arlett White. When I was a little girl, my mother and father (who were from Georgia and North Carolina) would have hoedowns in our living room. My grandmother would come over and dance. She would do what I now call, "The Holy Ghost Three Step". My three brothers and sister and I would follow behind her. My father played the guitar and my mother played drums and piano. She taught my brother, Albert Burgess Jr., how to play the piano at the age of four. He played for the church we attended at that time. As young children, my mother placed us in every activity available. So from elementary to high school, we were in all the after school activities, sports, band, plays, and orchestra (I played the violin). I even remember taking Bongo classes one summer. When I was in high school, my brother taught me how to play the bass clarinet so I could participate in the summer band program. I sang in all the school choirs from elementary on. I also directed a Gospel choir while my brother played the piano in high school. As an adult, I sang with The House of the Lord (THOTL) Kingdom Choir, and THOTL/ WWTIC (Women Walking Together in Christ) choir, directed by Pastor Celeste Hicks who allowed me to glean as much from her as I needed. She was very helpful and taught me many things that I didn't know. I also sang with The Gospel Meets Symphony Choir, The Exalting Him Gospel Choir and other community choirs. However, it wasn't until I started singing with Carolyn and Company Gospel Community Choir that my life changed. The Late Carolyn Hawkins-Hooks, founder and director, asked everyone to choose a song to lead. Up to this point, I had never lead a choir or sang by myself. I had this little wee voice. She used to stand in the back of the church where we practiced and say, "Arlett, I can't h-e-e-e-e-e-a-r you!" Needles to say, I was terrified to stand out front and sing. Then, to top it all off, I never knew when I was going to have to lead my song until we would arrive at the church or event. That was because she wanted to wait and see who was going to show up. Then she would come to me and say, "Arlett, we are going to sing your song tonight." I would instantly panic! I remember running into the restroom and crying out to God, "Please help me!!! I can't sing this by myself!!!" To my amazement, God would show up every time! I could always feel His presence in awesome ways. (I'll have to tell you about them some time.) Another cool thing about Carolyn is that it never mattered whether we had musicians or not, we would still sing. I believe that gave me an extra special edge. Because now I am able to sing with or without music, anywhere, anytime - I even hum while I eat! :0) Later, I joined The Exalting Him Gospel Choir under the direction of Joe and Barb Salak, Jr. They would further stretch me by giving me what I thought were the most challenging songs on the planet to sing. Yet, they were always very encouraging. I still sing with them today. I am presently in ministry at The House Of The Lord in Akron, OH. Our founder and Senior Pastor is Doctor F. Josephus Johnson II and First Lady, Pastor Cathy Johnson. I felt the call of God not to just minister in song, but to also write music. I spent five years producing and participating in three to five concerts a year under the name of "Arlett White and Friends" (to cover all the people who would be ministering with me at that specific time.) It gives me great pleasure to present to you a CD that is truly "Manna from Heaven" - Gospel with a unique flair: Songs to lift your spirit and refresh your soul.