Visions is composed of enormous talent. Get to know the people who make the magic happen!
Born and Bred in Southern California, he NOW hails as a guitarist and professional musician from the Atlanta area. While performing around the country in the cover band circuit, Abe also focuses on leading worship on Sundays and helping young children learn to play all instruments. Abe is proficient in many styles and offers a large selection of songs across genres. While a Big Loud Stage is Abe’s typical office, a solo acoustic set or duo is an intimate way to really get to experience his personal Style.
A rabid fan of music from an early age, Christian was born and raised in small-town Charlevoix, MI. With limited formal training, Christian is mostly a self-taught musician: guitar and bass. Primarily a Rock and Americana player, his experience also covers blues, country, and some jazz and gospel. Playing bars and clubs laid the groundwork and skill set for Christian to apply his passion in worship for church services and other related venues. He writes original material, produces, engineers, and has experience editing and mixing studio and live recording projects. He wrote, produced, and performed the music for the PBS history series “America from The Ground Up”.
Involved in music since early childhood, he played the keyboard for the children’s choir at his church. His middle and high school years were more removed from music and became heavy into sports. While excelling as a college athlete, the love of music returned. It took him many years to jump back into music but he finally did it at the age of 26. He has been back in music as a drummer and percussionist for various Atlanta artists, groups, and churches. Most notably he played for Farrah-Lissa, Minister Lorenzo “Preacherman” Johnson, New Beginnings, Divine Chemistry, The Church International, and many others. He has had the opportunity to play Sunday services with mainstream artists like Trent Cory. Although what he loves most is that God has given him a talent and gift he is able to use to uplift Him. He is excited about Visions and the opportunity to praise and worship God through the ministry.
Jay, a vital member of Visions! He has been with the band and ministry since inception and acts in the capacity of business manager for the band. The team affectionately calls him ‘the money guy’ or MG. A creator of his own musical platforms titled “MiBmusic” and “KrownKings” Radio Station, Jay brings this knowledge and expertise to a different genre & style. You will always find him thinking about and signing the proverbial pen in his collaborations with Visions.
“The Man with the Hands”
Originally from Miami, JC is a MORE than a natural on boards. Professionally trained, although his roots and early training came from his grandmother, he is well-versed in Music Theory. Reading and playing by ear seem to be things of the past once JC takes the board. If you ask it, JC can play it! He has traveled, played, and conducted many a set across the nation with a plethora of artists. There is only one!
Some call her Lady “A”, others know her as Dr. Williams. Not only is she the Founder & President of the whole of Visions Christian Ministry, Inc. (aka Visions–VCM); she is also a Theologian, Minister, Preacher, Speaker and you guessed it –she sings! Trained in music theory, Lady “A” has a vault of knowledge across the musical landscape. From Opera and Classical sonatas to R&B and Pop, she is well versed. Learning to play the piano early in life, her roots are in the church. Adept at Contemporary, Inspirational, Traditional, and Gospel you may well experience her free-flowing worship style behind the pulpit, at many a conference, or on stage in concert. With the love of Christ emanating, there is no question that once you encounter Lady “A”, wherever that may be; the unmistakable presence of the Creator through one of His anointed has touched you.
Lola Cole attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, intensive, in New York City. It was there, she trained in acting, singing, and dance. After finishing in New York, Cole was cast and made appearances in Footloose (The Remake), Lawless, and more. She also taught dance around the Metropolitan area of Georgia. During this same time, Lola started to host many events at 12Stone Church; leading her into becoming the host for the college ministry. From there, she was asked to host the 2014 MOVE CONFERENCE in Macon, Georgia; where over 4000 young people were present. This year, Lola Cole was asked to return and host the sold-out 2015 MOVE CONFERENCE; with speakers and headliners like Ed Newton, Clayton King, Kari Jobe, and Lecrae. With over 7000 young people present, and hungry for the Lord this year, Cole is definitely excited about what God will do at this upcoming event.
Sedell is a musician/songwriter living in Atlanta, GA but born and raised in the Show-me State. Playful, fun, and energetic his style was influenced by Brian McKnight, Kenny G, and Commissioned to name a few. Through this musical journey of gospel, jazz, classical, he has been blessed to work with some awesome musicians and singers all over the world. He splits his time between a Music production, serving as a musician at his church, and spending time with family.
SympleyNae comes from a very spiritual family. Both her parents, as well as, both sets of grandparents are 2nd and 3rd generation members of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC). Her parents and grandparents believed in a spiritual foundation and served the church in many capacities, as Pastors, Superintendents, District missionaries, and supervisors of Women for many years and also taught their children about the love of God and the value of being good stewards to the Ministry.
Tim is the Front of House, Mix Engineer, and Video Editor at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. Recent projects include United Voices of Hope Men’s Choir (Mix Engineer), and “Cancer” the movie (Score and Original Music Production). In addition, he produces his own music as a way of expression and also produces digital content. Tim is the “Sound” of Visions.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio; Yoshua Benjamin has always had a great appreciation and love for music. Although he started off as a self-taught musician, eventually he took classes to get a greater grasp of music theory. Throughout his career as a professional bassist, he has shared the stage with many artists such as Kim Burrell, Mali Music, Fred Hammond, Tye Tribbett, Eric Roberson, Myron Davis, The Rude Boy’s, Antoine Dunn, Willie Hyn, Theron Brown, T.D. Jakes and many others. He has been influenced and has developed his style from listening to a large group of musicians, genres, and artists.