Josilyn Drake is an amazingly gifted vocalist who is a dedicated worshiper and passionate lover of God. Her crystal clear soprano voice and obvious gift for writing profound worship ballads is demonstrated in her forthcoming debut album I WILL WORSHIP YOU. Her quiet and almost shy demeanor has been a giant personal transition in moving from the background into the forefront as a solo artist in the gospel music industry. Now Josilyn steps forward with God-filled authority, equipped with a collection of powerful songs and life changing music to impact the hearts and minds of all who desire to lift HIM up.
Raised in Birmingham, AL, Josilyn’s mother sang and music filled the home and she and her siblings even sang as an ensemble. As a choir member, she was quite comfortable being part of a group, but time and time again, she would end up being cast as the lead vocalist. It wasn’t until she took on the role of Praise and Worship Leader that she realized she had been given something special. “I would minister through song and the power of God would fall; people would be on their faces,” recalls Josilyn. “It was at that time that I began to understand the anointing that God had placed on my life.” As she saw the move of God change people’s lives, the shyness left and she understood that it wasn’t about her, but what God could do through her.
In 2011, during her personal time with the Lord, God began to give Josilyn songs, confirming a word spoken over her life almost two decades ago. In the space of two months, she had received all the songs for her debut project I WILL WORSHIP YOU. The recording process was an exciting time for Josilyn. “I am thrilled to be in the studio recording my own CD,” Josilyn shares. “Although I have been in the studio before, it is wonderful to be working on my own music.
Josilyn is the sole writer on her freshman album I WILL WORSHIP YOU. She tapped into a paragon of producers to sculpt the project. The first radio single “Worship You”, a tender melodious ballad, was produced by Birmingham’s Clinton Green. Green also produced “Keep Us Lord” which was chosen as a selection taught at the prestigious Gospel Music Workshop of America and nominated for the 2014 Rhythm of Gospel Award for Praise & Worship Song of the Year. Josilyn’s comforting, beautiful vocals also helped garner her nominations for Worship/Praise Artist of the Year and Best Performance Praise and Worship Artist of the Year.
Josilyn is the sole writer on her freshman album I WILL WORSHIP YOU. She tapped into a paragon of producers to sculpt the project. The first radio single from the project, “Keep Us Lord”, was produced by Birmingham’s Clinton Green and was chosen as a selection taught at the prestigious Gospel Music Workshop of America annual conference. “Keep Us Lord” also garnered Josilyn three 2014 Rhythm of Gospel Award nominations for Praise and Worship Song of the Year, Worship/Praise Artist of the Year and Best Performance Praise and Worship Artist of the Year. The follow-up single “Worship You”, also produced by Clinton, is a tender melodious ballad that showcases Josilyn’s comforting, beautiful vocals.
Josilyn also sought after Gary Diggs of New Jersey to produce and her friend and Grammy© and Stellar Award Winning hit maker Kevin Bond to put the immaculate touches on the album. With an arsenal of elite producers at the helm of her project, Josilyn’s sole desire is “to create and offer music that will elevate the consciousness of people to connect with and adore Christ and in response to their lifted consciousness, it will yield an act of worship that creates continuous moments of GOD ENCOUNTERS,” she continues, “I pray that these songs leave a positive influence in the earth. It’s truly an honor to be able to place something in the atmosphere that I believe will bring forth change in people’s lives.”
In addition to being anointed for music ministry, Josilyn is an author and has also been called to the preaching ministry. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor Degree in Biblical Ministries at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. She is the wife of Elder Terry Drake and mother of Kennethia and Joshua.
With her music and ministry, Josilyn continues to be a vessel in guiding the significance of worship and a catalyst in helping reawaken and ignite the world’s desire for HIM.