Passionate, genuine and sincere – these are just a few of the amazing qualities possessed by recording artist Tony LeBron. Displaying a love for music from the time he was born, LeBron belted out his first solo, “He’s Still Working on Me,” when he was just eight years old. Fast forward afewyearslatertotheageof15- LeBron took his love for music one step further and stepped into the role of music director in his church. It was evident that music was in Lebron’s blood, and he was just getting started. Born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, LeBron understood his calling in life early on – to passionately share his love of music with others. His gift - powerful and distinctive vocals - has landed him the chance to perform with the musical group TRUTH, to become the background vocalist for Natalie Grant, and to be a member of the Promise Keepers Music Team. He has also partnered with various acclaimed artists, including Anthony Evans, the Katinas, and Michael W. Smith. In 2009, LeBron’s musical talent propelled him ahead of thousands of other entrants and landed him in the spotlight. He was declared the winner of Gospel Music Channel’s nationally televised music competition, Gospel Dream. For some, winning the acclaimed title may have been enough, but winning first place motivated LeBron to bring his music to the next level. And he has done just that. The Gospel Dream winner released his sophomore album, entitled Surrender, this past March. Produced by Richie Pena (past producer for Natalie Grant and Babyface) and vocally produced by Anthony Evans, Surrender is a combination of unique melodies and inspiring lyrics. Songs on the album range from Hillsong’s “Forever Reign” to one of LeBron’s favorites, “Te Alabo,” - an upbeat Latin inspired track that pays homage to his Latin roots. A recent trip to Israel provided the South Florida based singer the inspiration for his latest album. Reflecting on a day that he and fellow singers were visiting the Garden of Gethsemane, LeBron shared: “It was an early morning when we visited the Garden – it was raining and I didn’t know what to expect. I began to recollect all that had happened there and realized that this was the place where our Savior surrendered to the cross so that I could have life. Filled with emotion, I realized my need to surrender completely and what it meant to take up my cross and follow Him.” In that moment, LeBron was also inspired to re- record the number one Clay Crosse song, “I Surrender All,” for the album. According to LeBron, Surrender can be summed up in the following way: “It’s only when we completely surrender where we will find life and that more abundantly.” When LeBron isn’t spending his time in the recording studio, he is involved in music related outreach and missions projects throughout the globe. Though his travels have taken him to countries such as India, Poland, Peru and Costa Rica, LeBron shared that it was on one trip in particular when God truly opened his eyes and radically changed the way he viewed life: “I’ll never forget seeing the faces of hungry children; children that had nothing. I so desperately wanted to go back to the states and sell everything I owned and return and give them the money. Then I realized that even some of the wealthiest people in the world are miserable. Money is not the answer. The only thing that I could give them that would really make a difference was to share with them the love of God. Love that never fails, love that never disappoints, love that does not abandon, love that is forever. I knew then that I wanted to spend the rest of my life spreading hope through music through whatever means possible.