Singing at the Braves Game

Aarika sings the National Anthem at the Atlanta Braves game

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The little guy had loads of fun with my friend, LC

Say cheese

On the field singing “O say can you see…”

 

Baseball and chill with my husband

It was an awesome last minute opportunity for me, my family and my friend, LC. We had so much fun hanging out at Suntrust Park.

Singing at Union Chapel Church in Marietta, GA

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Singing at Union Chapel Church in Marietta, GA

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Grateful to members of Union Chapel UMC… everyone was so nice!  Thanks for having me today!

 

Thanks Contenders Church

As always, I enjoyed worshipping with the Contenders Church Family.  This past Sunday, I served as a guest worship leader.  I have to admit that this time I was even more excited because I had a chance to work with live musicians.  We sing with tracks at my home church so this was a treat for me.  The hospitality is on point at this church and it was a pleasure to be there.  Thanks, Contenders for a wonderful time!

Contenders has a commercial that describes what their church is about.  Check it out and if you are in the Atlanta area, pay them a visit.  You’ll enjoy it.

Something New – Korean BBQ Chicken

korean bbq chicken

As of today, I decided to challenge myself to do something new or different everyday for the next 30 days.

On day 1, I decided to split this delicious dish (Korean BBQ Chicken Stir-Fry) with my husband. We like P.F Chang’s and usually order the same food.  But this time, I saw the above dish on their seasonal menu and I am so glad that we ordered it.  It was very flavorful, sweet and spicy and all around a good entree.

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Now Booking – I would love to come and worship with you

If you are interested in giving your worship leader a day off, I would love to come and fill in

If you are looking for something a little more laid back, then I am your girl

If you want a full night of praise and worship, then I can I do that too!

 

Email me at aarikamusic@gmail.com and let’s make it happen!

Thank you and please spread the word

 

Gospel at the Oscars

Last night as I listened to the Oscars, I found myself running into the other room when I heard someone boldly singing “His Eye is on the Sparrow”. I admit, I didn’t recognize the lady (Darlene Love) singing the song. But, I smiled because that particular song was on her heart to sing in front of millions of viewers. She used her few seconds in front of the camera to acknowledge the fact that God watches over her.

As Christians, we are to be lights shining in a world of darkness. We are to glorify God in all that we do. How are you using your platform? How will you use your few seconds of fame?

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Darlene Love accepted the Oscar award for 20 Feet from Stardom – Best Documentary Feature. Watch below.

 

Re-Post from my Lifestyle Blog The PeachPost

New Single “Shouts of Joy” Available Now

Shouts of Joy - Single

I have new single out, “Shouts of Joy”.  You can purchase it from iTunes or Amazon.

Psalms 118:15 is scripture that stands out to me when you think about “Shouts of Joy”.  The New International version of this scripture says “Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!”

Other versions translate it as Songs of joy and victory, Glad songs of salvation, are ringing out because God has done glorious things.  So I am encouraged to praise God in advance because I expect a glorious outcome…no matter the status of my situation.

Listen to “Shouts of Joy” here

 

Sovereign God

This month life has thrown some punches at me, but I am making it through. I will come out like a Champion for sure because that’s what God made me. The devil has been a little mad at me and J because we gave up listening to morning talk radio. Sidebar: Nothing is wrong with talk radio, but it was just something that we needed to do last week. We exchanged listening to the radio for prayer, praise and worship.

During my awesome moments of praise and worship, I would play this song called “Sovereign God” and I have fallen in love with it. This song has truly ministered to me in the past week. One of the lines in the song says, “if you can handle the seas, then I know that you can deal with all my needs.” There is so much truth to that statement. You have to have faith to give your needs to God. We aren’t capable of dealing with these things on our own. We try to do it, but that’s not our job. God says in his word to cast every care on him because he cares for us.

Please take a moment to listen to “Sovereign God” by Maurette Brown Clark.

“Magnify” Review by Nick DeRiso

It will come as no surprise after hearing Aarika Radcliffe’s chugging new gospel single “Magnify” that the Atlanta, Georgia native’s first experience singing was in her home church.  Less surprising still is this, her first public performance was the song “I Surrender All,” since “Magnify” runs along the same theme:  Giving yourself over to faith.

Of course, what happened between that initial song and this one is all part of a strikingly inspiring narrative.  Radcliffe was scared stiff that day in church, and couldn’t even finish the tune.  Yet, she remained ever focused, volunteering for opportunities to lead devotion at school, working hard on her craft.

By her mid-teens, she was singing in local group, even performing on stage in an Atlanta play.  Radcliffe went on to become a defense contractor, but she never let go of her childhood dream.  These days, she serves as choir director, worship leader and special-music singer at her church in Lithonia, Ga.

So, when Radcliffe talks about heaven-sent focus on “Magnify,” she comes to it with a lifetime’s worth of credibility.  The song follows her personal narrative perfectly.  Radcliffe starts simply, with a series of initial sparkling tones, but quickly builds toward a thumping beat that propels the tune toward her sweeping message of sanctified reliance:   “I don’t know what you came here for, but I came to magnify him,” Radcliffe sings, as a funky chorus of background singer swoops in around her.

By the time “Magnify” settles back into a quiet piano signature, Radcliffe’s central message of channeling every bit of her energy into faith is complete – and she has made a quick impression.

Radcliffe possesses the steady verve of Aretha Franklin, the R&B flavor of Jill Scott and the sleek modernity of Cece Winans – building a complex, intriguing and wholly enjoyable praise sound.

Review by Nick DeRiso

Rating:  4 stars (out of 5)