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Tanessa Barnes

Tanessa Barnes

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Music Interview with Tanessa Barnes.
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TANESSA BARNES
Mother, Singer, & Survivor
Born and raised in Laurinburg, N.C.,upcoming gospel artist/songwriterTanessa Barnes has been singing in thechurch since the age of eight-years-old.Tanessa was born on November 29, 1975to the proud parents of James LewisBarnes and the late Mable Lee Hayes.
The Infinite Field Magazine May 2010 
 
TANESSA BARNES
Mother, Singer, & Survivor
Tanessa has always been inspired by her family to sing the gospel. Watching and observing aunts, uncles andcousins ministering the word through song each Sunday as a child sparked an interest in her. Coming from afamily of singers and musicians, she was always either in church singing or at a gospel function listening tolocal quartet artist and choirs from the surrounding areas. Tragically, in 1989 at the age of 13, Tanessa was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. A few months later, after receiving her last chemotherapy treatment, her mother died in an automobile accident which took place oneday after her 14th birthday on November 30, 1989. This was the lowest point in her life, but God had alreadydelivered her from molestation from ages 10 to 13, cancer and now the death of her mother. It was at this point in her life when she began to realize that she was predestined before birth to do God's will and that shehas a purpose in life. To overcome all of these tragedies and live to tell about it was truly a blessing fromGod. In 1995, Tanessa began singing with a quartet group, "The New Beginning," whose main focus wasministering to inmates who have lost hope in life. She has traveled with the group to a number of prisonslike Rahway, N.J.; Trenton, N.J.; Dallas, Pa. and many more. She sang with "The New Beginning" for 12years. She has also participated in a number of gospel talent searches from Atlanta, Ga.; Cleveland, Ohio.;Harvey, Ill. as well as High Point, N.C. where she currently resides. She has also sang with a group,"Psalmic Flow," for a little over a year. She has always sang as a soloist at different church functions such asweddings, anniversaries and funerals. Tanessa is also a songwriter and will be working on her own project inthe near future. Last but not least, Tanessa has two beautiful children, Jaquan and Keanu Barnes. Considering the appledoesn't fall far from the tree, her son Jaquan has had a passion to play the drums ever since he was two yearsof age. After destroying all the toy drum sets his mother bought, she finally bought him a real set of drumstwo years ago. Needless to say, it has been all the way live in the Barnes household ever since. Jaquan will be 13-years-old this December. His sister, on the other hand, has been singing like her mother since she wasabout three-years-old. Soon to be 11, she loves to mimic her mother around the house and harmonize withher. At an early age, Keanu has been able to listen to voices and fill in the missing voice to get a better blendof harmony. She has even sang with her mother at several churches not only singing in the background butleading as well. Singing songs such as "His Eye Is On A Sparrow," one radio announcer, while in tears, gaveher some encouraging words saying, "Continue to let God use you baby for the up building of his kingdom."
TheInfiniteFieldMagazine.com 
 
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Realizing that her children look up to her, Tanessa tries to set a good example for them to follow. What better way than to keep them busy in the house of the Lord, since giving her life to Christ, Tanessa's main focus isto stay humble before the Lord and always making herself available to him so that he may be able to use her as a willing vessel. She takes her ministry seriously. Not knowing what a person has been through or whatthey may be going through, she's constantly praying that God will cleanse her heart, mind and soul beforeministering to his people. Someone may need spiritual healing from childhood hurt or someone may even becontemplating suicide. So it's very important to her for God to cleanse her heart of anything that is not likehim. People's lives are depending on whether you take your ministry serious or not. Tanessa's daily prayer isto operate in the spirit so that the gift may flow and to glorify his name. Always remember people of God,not to ever let the world or what goes on in your life extinguish your fire for God.
Milton:
Who is Tanessa Barnes?
Tanessa:
I am an inspiring gospel artist and mother. I started singing around seven or eight-years-old. Like alot of singers, I was brought up in the church. Music was instilled in me at an early age. I grew up watchingmy aunts and uncles performing. I had a lot of family and church members to look up to as role models.
Milton:
What type of music do you sing?Tanessa: Mostly gospel. I am working on a solo project that will be mainly comprised of contemporarygospel.
Milton:
Who are some of your main influences?
Tanessa:
Besides my family, I have been inspired by a lot of gospel quartet groups. Some of my favoritesare Lee Williams, The Canto Spirituals and Doc McKenzie. There was a group from Durham, NC call theChristian Angels who really inspired me. Some of the contemporary artist that I like are J Moss, FredHammond, Mary Mary and Deitrick Haddon.
Milton:
Your mom passed while you were young; how did that effect your life, and did it inspire you to dosomething that you didn’t know was in you?
Tanessa:
I will say that it did inspire me. My mother passed the day after my 14 birthday. At the time, I wasgoing through ovarian cancer. I must say it did affect me. I tried not to look at things in a negative way. Itried to look at all things in a positive way. I looked at it as something that I had to got through to strengthenme. It pushed me into a spiritual direction. I became more involved with the church. I was raised by my auntand uncle..
Milton:
In your song you say: “He’ll take care of you like he took care of me.” What does that mean?
The Infinite Field Magazine May 2010 

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