Struggle Is Over
BIO Claretha, an aspiring Gospel Artist as well as a Songstress, Song Writer, Producer and Evangelist, currently resides in Newark, New Jersey as well as Was born and raised. Her Love for music started to emerge at a tender age of Ten years Old. Although Her major influence comes from "The Church" Experience, Claretha also Credits her music influences to big names of other genres such as "The Jackson Five", "Michael Jackson", "The Osmonds" as Well as was Influenced by other singers like "Otis Reting" and "B.B. King" Which was played in heavy rotation at home by her dad. Claretha's first experience singing before the public, was at the age of Fifteen when her Pastor&Founder/Overseer, (The Late Charlie Mae Wright), of "Church of the Living God, Pillar and Ground of The Truth" decided to form a junior ensemble whom she affectionately Called the "Wright-Etts." They were often highlighted as the forerunner of The Preached Word by her late Pastor/Overseer on many different church Engagements. It was also at this age that Claretha found herself constantly Writing with a pen as God began to give her poems to put on paper. It was Only with time that it became very clear to Claretha why God had given her The desire to write poems. At the age of Seventeen, God began to give Claretha melodies to put to these Poems which became songs. It was also at this age that Claretha decided to Form a Gospel Group called "The Darling Angels" in which she was the Lead singer. "The Darling Angels", ministered in music in just about every Local church in he City of Newark as well as neighboring cities. It is to this Day, that people still show her love in rememberance of the group whom Unfortunately had broken up well over twelve years ago. Still with a passion and love for music, Claretha (after two years of Community College, as an Early-Childhood Major and a little break from School), decided to further her education, as a Music Education Major, at the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois combining the two fields Of Music and Education together, focusing on "Voice". She then furthered Her studies at Temple University in Philadelphia Pennsylvania also Focusing on "Voice" as she is the first of five other siblings to ever attend College. Refusing to give up on her dream, despite the many struggles, Claretha has recently released her very first album [entitled "The Struggle is Over" on November 3, 2007] in which she Executive Produced. The album title is simply a message [that God had given Claretha back in the year 2000] put to melody, as the lyrics of the album gives way to Faith, Hope and Promise to those whom are in a Struggle of any kind. With a full-time nine to five as well as in her pursuit to become a Gospel Artist, Claretha is always constantly ministering and giving to others as she is a proud mom of two adopted boys, (ages 14 and 9), adopted in March of 2006. With her faith in God and belief in herself as well as her music, Claretha has Great Expectations that her music will touch and reach the lives of those whom are "Broken Hearted", "Bound", Down-Trottened", and last but not least, "Lost."