In addition to seeing Steward lend stunning performances of his songs “With My Whole Heart,” “Purify My Soul”, title track “Enter Your Gates,” “The Sound of Heaven” and many more, the star-studded event, held at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium on April 12, featured a special guest appearance from Steward’s mentor, Grammy®-award winning gospel icon Andraé Crouch. The event was hosted by Radio DJ Andrae Russell (KJLH).
In attendance to support Steward’s big night were top celebrities, media and radio personalities that included; Emmy and Tony Award nominated actor Obba Babatunde (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Dreamgirls), Judge Mayblean Ephriem, Actress/Singer Dawwn Lewis (A Different World) , Jawn Murray (Pop Culture Commentator/AlwaysAList.com), Tonya Moore (BET Networks), Ernest Owens (Huffington Post/USA Today), Jazz Singer Freda Payne, TV Host Kiki Shepard (It’s Showtime at the Apollo), Actor Earl Billings (What’s Happening), stage, film and television actor Glynn Turman (A Different World, Cooley High)Torrez Harris (Clear Channel) among many more.
As Steward’s debut album approaches he sat down with The Huffington Post to discuss his upbringing in Mississippi, marriage, kids, law enforcement career, musical career and his mentor Andrae Crouch.
Shortly before serenading the audience with his soulful croon, Steward also delivered a helping hand to his non-profit organization, LOV Olive Branches, and the long-awaited youth talent show at the SBS Youth Music Festival. There, in front of celebrity judges, nine talented hopefuls vied for a $1000 grand prize scholarship.
The showings only helped drum up even more buzz for his debut album, ENTER YOUR GATES, now available for pre-order at iTunes. Kicked off by the soul-stirring, Andraé Crouch-assisted hit “With My Whole Heart,” the single’s equally moving successor, “Purify My Soul,” continues to resonate with listeners for its daring and open testimony.