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A C (After†Christ) aka Alfred C Ivery: Gospel Recording Artist, singer, songwriter, musician, Producer and Founder and Pastor of the Christ Centered Ministries International. Also, Radio Host/ Pastor of The Finding My Way with Kayla Padgett Radio Show Channel. A†C began singing at the age of seven. He would stand in the mirror shaking his legs with a pretend microphone in his hands mimicking Elvis Presley. He found his voice at the age of twelve when he was asked to lead his first choir song at the Pentecostal Evangelist Church on North Hollywood Street in Memphis Tn. The name of the song was ‘That’s What Jesus Said’. It was then that God placed a yearning in his heart to sing the gospel and to spread the good news of Jesus Christ through song to the world.
Alfred found and fell deeply in love with his beautiful wife Gwenita and her beautiful five daughters. On May 24th 1996 Alfred and Gwenita were married and soon after they had a beautiful baby boy, Alfred Ivery II. It was doing this time that God began to gift A†C the ability to write songs on a level that would inspire lives in every area of the human condition. Drawing from his own experiences of love, hope, disappointments and hurt A†C writes songs that reflect his experiences (good or bad) as he commits to living a life pleasing to God. Alfred trusts that his true to life lyrics will reach the heart of the listener. Soon God began to give him songs in dreams. So he would keep a recording device at his bedside for the many times that he would be awaken with a new song ringing his heart. Soon after the birth of his son, God opened the door for A†C to meet the legendary R&B singer Ann Peebles and was given the opportunity to go into Ann’s studio and record his first five song EP. The EP featured the track ‘Quiet Storm’ which featured the first and only recorded gospel collaboration with Ann Peebles before she was recently struck with a sickness that left her unable to continue her career in music. In April 2017, A†C came out of the world famous Ardent Studio with his next six track EP featuring Grammy winning producer Boo Mitchell and Grammy winner Kirk Whalum. The EP features his inspirational single and music video, ‘You Saved Me’ and the re-mastered song ‘Quiet Storm’ featuring Ann Peebles.
In October 2013 A C Ivery founded the Christ Centered Ministries International. CCMI of Breaking the Stronghold Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to join hands with the community in empowering youth and supporting the homeless population. Our goal is to help decrease crime and promote effective education to underserved communities in Shelby County, TN.. Under the banner of CCMI, A C travels the Tri-state area putting on concerts and preaching the Word of God to the un-churched. In February 2015 Alfred joined forces with Kayla Padgett, CEO of The Finding My Way with Kayla Padgett Radio Show Channel and offered to host his own radio program, The Christ Centered Ministries International Radio Program. His radio show has listeners around the world Korea, Africa, Europe, Morocco, India, USA and other parts of the world. In June 2016 A C and his wife Gwenita were asked to become the pastors for The Finding My Way Network (USA/WORLD).
A†C has performed at Bellevue Baptist Church, The Levitt Shell, The Hard Rock Café, NAACP, Cook Convention Center in Memphis Tn., Stax Museum, Amro Music Theater, Forest City Civic Center in Arkansas, National Civil Rights Museum, Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Agricenter International Expo Center, Police Stations community events, Memphis Redbirds Stadium, BOTT Radio Network and numerous community centers and churches throughout the city of Memphis and surrounding states. A†C is ranked #1 in Memphis and ranked top 20 globally for Contemporary Christian Rock Artist on the ReverbNation International online music platform which features over 300,000 artists. Although A†C has shared stage with numerous artists, you will find him performing faithfully as worship leader at his Church.