Marvin Sapp at the Verizon’s Celebrating Your Story and Empowering Your Network breakfast

Marvin Sapp at the Verizon’s Celebrating Your Story and Empowering Your Network breakfast

*Hardship is no stranger to gospel singer Marvin Sapp, who entitled his latest album “I Win” as a declaration of his struggles through life.

Sapp, who has three young children, lost his wife, MaLinda, in 2010 to colon cancer. Prior to losing his wife, he had suffered the loss of his father, his spiritual guide and his musical mentor.

Sapp said that he was in a position “I was never in before, and it was hard.” However, he went on to say that he had learned through his experience in life that to come out on top, you have to think the right way.

The latest album “I Win” is the first Sapp has produced without the help of his wife to guide him. He says that she was always there to encourage him and listen to his first ideas about the songs but this time was very difficult for him doing it alone. However, he said he now uses his kids to help him make decisions as to what musical lyrics will go into the songs.

Sapp says that one of the songs on his new album, “Keep It Moving,” was inspired by his late wife who used to tell the family to “Keep it moving” on a regular basis to keep up their spirits.

Included in the album are some songs whose lyrics were written by people from social media. Sapp says that he wanted to give  someone the chance to write songs that would be heard and also to earn some money in royalties. Sapp admits that he’s not that good at writing songs.