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within the Seventh Sign
Ministry of Muse
The number seven represents spiritual
perfection. In the creative works of God, seven completes
the colors of the spectrum and the notes of our musical scale.
Seven is simply a
number right? In fact, it is considerably more! It's a digit that symbolizes
spiritual perfection. The Bible states it is a numeral inspired
directly through the Holy Spirit. Only recently, Gospel artist Derrick
Manning perceived the cipher and symbol of the number seven within his life.
The number seven is guiding him through a ministry of muse as he taps his talent
to spread The Gospel. In 2010, the revelations within “the seventh sign” are
intertwined within the musical messages of Derrick Manning - also known as
Gospel artist dRenauld.
The Seventh Sibling
Derrick Renauld Manning was born weighing
seven pounds, seven ounces. He was the youngest of seven children. To
add to the irony; his first, his middle and last name each had seven letters!
His parents chose to name him Derrick, because it means “power of the
tribe.” This turned out to be somewhat true, as in his large family, he was
the center of attention most of the time. “I’ve always had the performance
gene,” says Manning, he continues, “As a toddler, I’d grab a broomstick as my
microphone and pretend to be Michael Jackson.”
A Singer/Songwriter at Seven
family was close-knit, musically gifted and devoted to God. Because of this,
church services would play an integral major role in his musical development.
His first public performance would be in the church choir where he was
exposed to the complex choral arrangements and harmonies of Gospel music. In
addition, his family performed concerts, acting as a choir on its own.
However, it would be at the age of seven when he would have his first
performance televised on the local news show. By the 2nd and 3rd grade, he
was already developing as a writer and songwriter, writing lyrics, essays and
Tempted by ‘The Temptations’
The Motown explosion
profoundly influenced Derrick during his teens. Although his parents were
strict about what type of music he listened to, the sounds coming out of
Detroit were enticing. He would sneak away to cue tunes from
the Motown greats such as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and The
Jackson Five. Derrick was tempted by The Temptations. However, Gospel
music still held its grip on him; and another type of music
was streaming out of Detroit. It was coming from the Contemporary
Gospel movement of the late 70s and early 80s.
The styles of Detroit Gospel groups such as The Winans and Commissioned spurred Derrick toward a dream to
be a singer and a songwriter.
The Seven Seas
In 1983 Derrick joined the
Navy. As he was “sailing the seven seas” he began to perform R&B while
stationed in Italy. He loved being on stage and feeling the energy of the
crowds. While he enjoyed the melodies and arrangements of the genre, he felt
R&B was simply too risqué. His musical experiences in Italy, however,
would be vital in developing his stage presence and songwriting skills. He
left the Navy in 1987, but continued down the path of music. In 1999, he
began performing with Gospel group Forgiven. He joined SetApart in 2001, and
he continued to perform with them until 2009. Derrick has had the opportunity
to perform twice at the National Gospel Music Workshop of America. His performances
in New Orleans and Kansas City attracted attention from Light Records. This
interest was profound for him, as it was the same label The Winans were signed to.
In 2010, Derrick launched his career as a solo artist using the
stage name dRenauld. His debut album was entitled Sincere Praise.
It exhibited his destiny in the music ministry to spread the Gospel of
Jesus Christ. Ironically, one review found the seventh track to be
particularly poignant. “The track ‘Because of You’ gives off the
feeling of a lonely man searching for something that could give him hope and
protection.” Indeed, the song does expose dRenauld’s knack to
be an instrument of God’s message. Sincere Praise is a smooth
musical milieu of contemporary Christian, urban, and Gospel. However, the
compositions also add a polished R&B mood within a melodic menagerie
meant for the masses.
Psalms and Songs
Through the years, Derrick
has developed and evolved into a well-crafted lyricist, and talented
performer. His life has revolved around an important number- the number
seven. Psalm 7 reads, “I will give thanks to the LORD according to His
righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.” The
seventh psalm perfectly reflects Manning's goal as a songwriter and his goal
as performer dRenauld. He is divinely inspired to compose. He explains,
“I’m compelled to bring people to the knowledge of God - and spread the Word
Creator has plans for this creator. dRenauld’s
ministry of muse aims to enlighten souls through a sonic salvation. With his
sincere faith, and Sincere Praise, he now has twelve tracks.
twelve “apostles.” Through each, dRenauld sends a message to all. It is one
of a sonic salvation. Revelations from this seventh sign from this seventh
sibling are all filled with good news. The seal has been broken for a new
generation to be exposed to the Gospel, at a perfect time for a troubled