Updated: December 24, 2012 6:46AM
My friend, Altovise Ferguson, has plenty to be thankful for and is singing about it for all to hear.
Her debut CD single, “Beautiful Life (featuring Echo),” was released Nov. 13 on CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com) and iTunes (www.itunes.apple). Later that night, Ferguson, a Gary native, performed the song during her CD release party at Seasons Restaurant and Catering, 7219 Taft St., Merrillville.
Seasons was packed with family, friends and co-workers from Shear Creations.
Ferguson, an Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts alumna, was overwhelmed by the love and support, and was glad the release date had arrived.
“I really feel the love here,” she said. “After working so hard and praying harder, this day is here and it is truly a ‘God’ moment for me.”
“Beautiful Life” was written by Cornell Burton Jr., CEO and founder of Audacity Lane Entertainment, which represents area gospel artists.
“I told Cornell about my life and what I’ve been through, and he wrote the song,” Ferguson said. “He captured me in this song.”
Ferguson is an actress, a singer —and a survivor.
“I’ve survived cancer and had tumors in my body and was told I would not walk again,” Ferguson said while walking in the restaurant in stiletto heels that complemented her black dress with a lace covering. “God did all of this. He has been there for me and my husband, Archie, and our children — Amari, Ahmad and Tajana — through all of our obstacles and challenges.”
“Beautiful Life” also features rapper Echo of Gary, who performed his part in the song. It is an upbeat gospel song about God’s grace, love and healing, and being the recipient of them.
Altovise is definitely thankful for all that.
“I also want to thank the Oliver family of Embassies of Christ, who all support and love me,” Altovise said.
The Urban League of Northwest Indiana presents “Ministers in Concert” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at First African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2045 Massachusetts St. The event is free to the public and to participating church congregations, and will feature soloists and choirs performing their favorite selections.
“Ministers in Concert” is an annual fundraiser for the Urban League, a not-for-profit civic group that advocates for the educational, economic and social welfare of people living in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties.
Donations will be accepted at the concert.
To register your choir or for more information, call the Urban League at 887-9621, stop by the office at 3101 Broadway, or visit the website www.urbanleagueofnwi.org.