That’s because the seasoned weren’t looking.
It’s been up to amateur sleuths on websleuths.com to search for missing Teleka Patrick.
Patrick has been missing since December 5, 2013. WOOD TV, an NBC affiliate, reports that she was obsessed with Sapp.
So much so that she reportedly joined his church as well as insisted that she was married to him. Reports also indicate that Patrick showed up at Sapp’s home and even harassed his children.
*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.
*A Grand Rapids charter school founded by gospel singer Marvin Sapp announced Monday that next school year it will offer classes in grades pre-K to 5, a move administrators say is aimed at meeting demand for the school’s arts and technology driven instructional approach, says MLive.com.
Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology, which opened in fall 2012, currently has about 140 students in 6th-8th grades, meaning its total student body could grow substantially when the new grade levels are added.
“A number of parents expressed interest with their younger students,” said Cynthia Springer, CEO of GREAAT Schools, Inc., which operates the school.
The curriculum at Ellington integrates performance art and technology, including areas such as instrumental music, vocal music, dance, mix-media arts, creative arts and theater arts.
The school is located near the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Burton Street SE at Kingdom Square, which also houses a ministry led by Sapp. This fall, when the new grades are added, all classes will be held in a new, larger building on the property.
Building renovations will be funded through private donations, Springer said.
Read more at MLive.com.
*Entrepreneur/reality TV show star/R&B singer/producer Kandi Burress and Pastor/Gospel Singer Marvin Sapp have both opened up regarding harsh criticism about their collaboration on the song, “I Stay Prayed Up.”
While many online say they have been “blessed” by he song, others have rejected it, citing various religious reasons.
Burruss, an unmarried “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member, addressed the debate about the song via her blog on Bravo’s website. Although she went into recording the song expecting some people to judge her, the single mom thought some of the direct comments were “extreme.”
In reference to how she dealt with feedback that crossed the line Burruss said:
“Can you believe a woman actually tweeted me and said, ‘Bi*#c@h you can’t praise my God?’ . . Thank God I don’t let things get to me. I’m a very open and honest person. I say what I want to say when I want to say it. If I feel like doing something.”
In defense of recording the song that has received over 100,000 views in less than a week the singer continued, “I felt that I wanted to do this song, so I did, and I’m glad I did. This song is my testimony.”
In the February 21 post: “I love Twitter, but it is an open platform for people to slay you… But lucky for me, I have just as many people or more that show me love.”
Sapp reluctantly addressed critics via a rushed Facebook post that pointed out the ministry potential of their pairing. Following is his post in its entirety:
Usually I don’t respond to people about things like this however I must this time. The problem with many in the church is 1.) that we major in minors and 2.) ignorant (not well studied) of scripture.
Lets deal with the first, This woman who was an ex R&B singer that sells sex toys and live with her man decided on a show that reaches 10 million viewers per showing (believers and unbelievers) to sing about,,,, Not sex toys, drugs or living with a man but PRAYER!!!!!! and the saints are upset.
The lyric says, “I stay prayed up, that gets me by, that how I made it through my darkest time, see I’m a sinner and thats no lie, but thank God my prayers are heard because he knows I try” Wow!!!!! nothing elicit or comprising about the lyric….
So lets look at how Jesus dealt with the sinner….. From my study of scripture the only people he checked was the church (religious people of that day) however the sinner he consistently showed COMPASSION!!!!!!! Examples…… Woman caught in the ACT of adultery Also the Woman at the well……. Never exposed them publicly, dealt with them privately. We as believer major in minors…… So caught up in the messenger that we are missing the message “Staying Prayed UP”.
Now I close with this…Everyone that God used in scripture was flawed and or had struggles…. Let me call the roll….. Moses was a murderer, Rahab was a harlet (whore), David was a murder/adulter and still considered a man after Gods own heart, Peter was a cutting cusser however was in the inner circle of Jesus, Paul was a murderer and made many blaspheme against God however wrote 2/3 of the NT, He spoke through a Donkey and if we decide to be quite rocks will cry out…
We say we are christians which means being Christ-like but question peoples motives that model his behavior….The bible speaks about witnessing and that you need to be wise to win souls and Paul says I became all things to all men that I might win some…. Compromise was never done here nor do I condone her life style or life choices and keeping 100 you don’t know the off camera conversation we had. Again big picture 10 million people at 1 time were challenged to PRAY in difficult times WOW!!!! Thats Awesome and Ministry…..
PS Didn’t spell check because I’m late to a meeting…. Be Blessed
Billy Dorsey, a Grammy, Dove and Stellar Award-winning producer and songwriter – according to Breathcast – echoes Sapp’s sentiments, also notes Christ’s tendency to step outside of the church in his ministry.
“If Sapp is looking at it from a ministry perspective, Jesus didn’t hang around with the people “church folk” figured He should have,” says Dorsey. “He hung out with those who in all aspects were beneath His righteousness, but He used that to lift them up to greatness. You can’t help someone up if you’re not willing to get close enough to let them lean on you.”
As she concentrates on a new relationship with her fiance’ Todd Tucker and decorating her new home, Burruss hasn’t had time to get caught up in the never-ending drama between the “talls and smalls” that seems to be the focus of the program. But, her manager, Don Juan, noticed her career has been lagging as she puts all of her energy toward her personal life.
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Agreeing that she need to re-focus, the 36-year-old singer/songwriter/producer went back to the studio and unexpectedly laid tracks for a … gospel record! Don Juan was understandably taken aback when his client said she wanted to add a gospel song to her next CD. Although Burruss has been successful making hits for her self and others and has dabbled in other genres (Country and House for instance), the R&B singer’s desire to do a gospel album comes as a surprise because Kandi, a single mom, is known for speaking candidly about sex. More importantly, she owns a sex toy line (“Bedroom Kandi“) and hosts a sexually oriented web show (“Kandi Koated Knights“), two factors that are not typical of an artist that sings about/for the Lord.
Apparently, Burruss is looking to make another hit. The song, entitled “Prayed Up,” features platinum- selling gospel artist Marvin Sapp. He sings and preaches the gospel. She sings and sells sex toys. Online comments suggest this collaboration struck a bad chord with the majority of viewers.
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Days after the show aired, on Facebook Burruss expressed that she was prepared for disapproval:
“I knew when I decided to do it that I would be criticized. That’s to be expected. I’m a single mom that had a child out of wedlock, I speak openly about sex on #KandiKoatedNights, I have #BedroomKandi, etc… I’m very honest about who I am. ”
The Grammy award winning, former member of 90′s girl group Xscape is not deterred by the criticism. In the lyrics of the song she calls herself a “sinner” and says “hopefully people with a similar struggle can relate.”
Kandi won’t be the first R&B songstress to do a gospel album. Many R&B artists got their start in the church and want to return to their roots; some of them never left their roots. Sometimes an artist will do music they always wanted to do. As Burruss said on the follow-up episode, she is claiming a #1 record. From the sound of the single Kandi is back in her zone.
Listen to “Stay Prayed Up”: