Following the recent Lawrence Flowers and Intercession LIVE Champion Recording, I got an opportunity to sit down with Lawrence Flowers in a more intimate setting to speak further about this upcoming album and the overall visionary heartbeat behind LFI.
For those of you that missed it, Lawrence Flowers and Intercession recently hosted an amazing LIVE “Champion” Recording March 17th, 2017 at The Dream Center Church of Atlanta. What an honor to sit down with the brains behind this anointed music ministry and to hear his heart! Lawrence Flowers, joined by his manager Travis Bell, both helped me to further capture the drive behind why they do what they do.
During our interview, Lawrence expressed how encouraging it is to meet new people who have been touched by the work that he and his team have invested in this ministry-focused brand. Check out highlights from our interview below and be blessed:
Urban Lux Mag: Can you tell me a little bit about “Champion” and the title? How were you inspired to have that as your title for this particular album?
Lawrence Flowers: I kind of stumbled on it. I didn’t know what the title track was going to be or what the name would be. But continuing to go through life and experience things; allowing God to literally grow me in every single experience that I encounter… Also, in meeting people and hearing their stories, it caused me to really understand the purpose of perseverance and holding on. The message itself is really about the power that we have through relying on God. I wanted to empower people and make them feel like the champions that they are.
ULM: Do you feel like there is pressure as far as being a Gospel artist and having to keep up? Or is that even an issue with you.
Lawrence Flowers: Oh it definitely is. I don’t know if I would call it an issue, but it is definitely a challenge. For me, it’s more than being an artist. It really is an assignment from God. Which is really the reason why I write the things I write and the way that I write. I feel like there are different types of artists. There are some artists out there that their ministry and assignment is retention; they retain the Body of Christ well. Other artists are edifiers and they minister well to those who are already caught. Then, there are those of us who are evangelistic. We minister to those who are in the body and have a strong assignment for those who are either on there way out or need to be in the Body.
Being an independent artist and being an evangelistic independent artist, we end up doing a lot of the work ourselves. But the idea is to not make it appear that we are independent or to sound like we are independent. So we work twice as hard to make sure that the product is at the same level as those who are not independent. It’s definitely something that we work really hard at as far as staying relevant and visible in such a big industry.
ULM: How long have you been with Bishop William Murphy at the Dream Center?
Lawrence Flowers: Actually, I joined Dream Center August of last year (2016). Sometimes when you’ve experienced some things in the church, it can push you sometimes to the point where you just want to be separated. Not from God, not from His presence, but just from the system. I don’t believe that God called us to a system, but rather a way of living, a way of thinking, a way of loving. The church is not the problem, but sometimes the system because it has flaws, which has its was of pushing people farther away from the bride. Before Dream Center, I was under Pastors Dave and Jennifer Pagan of the Destiny People Worship Center in Florida. The experience there really shaped my mind and my appetite concerning worship. I learned a different side of who God is and a different way of getting to heaven.
Fast-forward.. When I got to Atlanta, I was not really in a rush of joining a church. I was not hungry to be in the spotlight. The particular Sunday that I joined, I struggled with it and Pastor Tasha Cobbs was the one doing the intake. And I must say, it was the best decision that I’ve made. Bishop has been such an amazing spiritual father, the word, the teaching, and the support they give is unreal. And to be a part of a ministry that may look predominately black but the reach is so much bigger, really rejuvenated my faith in what I grew up being a part of.
ULM: So, I read somewhere that your fashion style is pretty eclectic. Would you call your style eclectic?
Lawrence Flowers: I would definitely say it’s eclectic. I don’t just dress one type of way. I just think fashion is fashion and any time you put yourself if a box, it can quickly become outdated. I do like fashion, but it is such a way of expressing yourself without having to say anything. I’ve learned the hard way that people’s opinions really do matter. You can never be in business not worried about people’s opinions. It’s definitely one of those things where we are continually finding our voice visually.
ULM: (Addressed to Travis Bell, Manager & Group Stylist): What was the process like putting the style aspect of the group together for this LIVE Recording?
Travis Bell (LFI Manager): I understand the importance of branding. I am always trying to put us in a place where we are well-respected, well-rounded and Christian-centered. We try to make sure that we remain as cohesive as possible so that the look matches the music and the message behind the music.
ULM: Going back to the subject of the upcoming Champion album, what was it like working with the artists featured on this album? Why did you choose the people you chose?
Lawrence Flowers: I looked at that Friday the 17th like it was a movie and the script would be the music. The features were parts that needed to be cast. So I had to make sure that each person that sound was the right fit for the role. Because, more than anything, I wanted to story to be told. When I tell you, all of these people are gifts that I have admired. They are who I consider friends. It means something when you can call people who are anointed, but also real. And that’s where the choice for me was actually easy. I was able to match certain songs with certain stories. All of them have endless vocal abilities, but the most amazing thing is their testimonies which embody the songs they sing.
Let us collectively continue to support such great Gospel talent anointing such as that of Lawrence Flowers and Intercession.
Be on the lookout for LFI’s Champion album to drop later this year!