Voice of Triumph
"Oh what a minute, oh no he didn't, come out with another hot track got to get it. But I don't care if I only sell 12. As long as one of the twelve don't go to hell. I feel Christ getting nearer, no time to spend all my time in the mirror. Not saying that it's wrong to look nice, as long as I don't worship nice more than Christ... The world doesn't have enough fingers and toes, to count those that said, "God wasn't in flows." But I suppose that only God will know, how many were headed to hell and got plucked like banjos." This begins the ~Voice of Triumph (Mix EP)~, Tyree Sterling's message to those that have an ear to hear what the Lord is speaking to His people. In his first independent album he engages those from all walks of life. "Shine"-a now relevant song with the thought of "this little light" by proclaiming that the light of Christ is not a small thing. God has commissioned us to go out and let our light so shine before men. "Da Anthem" - he challenges the chosen of Christ to step up to the plate, sanctify/separate ourselves from the world's system. "1 Day" - Maranatha, the Lord is coming. Do not get caught up in civilian affairs, because I read the back of the book and WE WIN! "Ultimate Exchange" - expressing the joy of being in the 'Use-ta Club.' As this chorus states, "You can dance with the world when ya cha, cha, cha. Don't get me mixed up when ya, blah, blah, blah. I use-ta be like that, ha, ha, ha. But will I go back to that, na, na, na." "Incredible" - a passionate cry to the church and the Prodigal Daughters to have the heart of the Father. "Goodbye Momma"-a story of a young person affected by a negligent drunk driver. However, this has not always been his testimony. Tyree has not always had his eyes on the high calling of Christ. He could have easily become a statistic. Growing up Tyree was "raised in the church," but did not have the "church in him." Raised in a middle-class, two parent household, with one older brother. At the age of 18 Tyree suffered the loss of his father after his first year of college. Without a father-figure in his life, he felt let down by God. Thoughts ran through his mind of being alone in a world that he 'thought' was setup against him. He went into his second year of college dropping out with a 0.4 GPA. Not long after dropping out he set out like a modern day Prodigal Son to feast on the meat of the world. Until, March 29, 1998, he had an encounter with the God of all creation in a 9:40am Sunday morning service at Gateway Ministries in Williamsport, MD. Since then his life has never been the same. In May of 1998 he formed what would later be known today as "Shaddai Sons" where he now serves as the co-founder and primary spokesperson. His desire is to use one of the many sounds that the Creator made to Glorify Him. Using it as David used the sword of Goliath to cut off the head of enemy of this generation by speaking the Good News of the Gospel. Hip-hop has been strategically perverted and pushed to the forefront of the mainstream industry. Therefore, he chose to study to show himself approved. In 2001, he received his certificate of completion from Calvary Bible Institute where he studied for his Associates in Christian Education. In 2002 he started in full time ministry serving as Junior High Pastor (grades 6, 7 and 8). In 2005, he earned his Exhorters License through the Church of God in the Delmarva-DC area. In September 2004, Tyree married is best friend, Glory Sterling, then in November of 2005 they had a son, Eli Sterling. Tyree has learned that true ministry begins at home. He stands as the rock of his home providing a Biblical based, safe, and loving environment as he remains an incredible role model to his son Eli. He takes no shame in declaring as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. Tyree Sterling, a man truly after God's own heart, passionate for his ministries, and daily pursuing the call of God on his life. Throughout his ministry he has ministered and shared the stage with fellow Christian artists including John Reuben, Fusebox, Da T.R.U.T.H., Tait, Reggie Dabbs, Grits, Out of Eden, Cross Movement, KJ-52, T-Bone, and many others. In addition to ministry, he wears many hats in his local community including serving on the board of Character Counts! Coalition of Washington County and working with Girls Inc. of Washington County where he acts as a facilitator for Friendly Persuasion (anti-tobacco program) and Wise Guys (abstinence based program for 6th grade boys). "I believe the best compliment I received was from a gentleman that had seen me on several occasions. He came up to me after walking off the stage from a block party. There were about 30 in attendance counting the workers, sound team, stage crew and crowd. His statement was this, 'It doesn't matter whether you rock an area of 3,000 or 30 you still give the same intensity and passion.' I remember replying that the size of the crowd doesn't really matter when you minister to an audience of One." "I find myself able to relate with this generation in countless ways. In Elementary school I was the dyslexic, the chubby kid, and the asthmatic. In Middle School I was the tall and skinny kid. In high school I was the class clown, the basketball bench rider, and the loved track athlete. In college I was the one from the middle-class, two parent household to the single family home, the enthusiastic starter, the drop out, and the statistic. After college I was the drug seller, street wannabe, the club hopper, the ladies man, and 'the friend'. After running from God's plan, most importantly I became the one that found Christ." "So many people want to be onstage without first knowing how to first vacuuming it. Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God. If not your talent may take you places that your character can't keep you."