Award-winning harpist, composer and producer
Writer, composer, musician and harp master JeffMajors has a musical ministry with an inspirational message that touches the hearts of millions. His journey began at age 14 when he had a dream in which he saw himself strumming the harp – an instrument he had never played before. Touched and inspired, he used the dream to fuel his passion for music and literally change the course of his life. After graduating from Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., JeffMajors moved to Los Angeles and studied under the wings of family friends- jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby and jazz pianist/harpist Alice Coltrane (wife of jazz legend John Coltrane).
JeffMajors has used his talent to introduce the harp into gospel, jazz and hip-hop genres. He has recorded over 20 CDs, including the award winning song, “Psalms 23”, which Oprah Winfrey acknowledged as one of her favorite songs. For six seasons he hosted the flagship program on TV One, The Gospel of Music with JeffMajors that featured some of the biggest names in the industry including Natalie Cole, Mavis Staples, Shirley Caesar, Kirk Franklin and many others. His television series helped him launch a series of DVDs featuring guest artists and introduce new talent.
JeffMajors’ ministry of music continues to grow. In addition to his concerts, he’s been invited to perform at major events. Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland invited him to perform his signature piece, “Psalms 23” at the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference. “The healing power was what I was seeking," Cummings states. “Before he began to play, most of us were trapped in our collective shock and rage. When he had finished, our sense of our shared humanity and ethical balance were restored." And when JeffMajors was hand-picked by the Martin Luther King Family to perform at Coretta Scott King’s memorial service in February 2006, he demonstrated that his music could console a nation.
In 2006 after a chance encounter on the Howard University Washington, D.C. campus with a former professor who had become homeless, JeffMajors launched a “National Tour for the Homeless”. The tours in major U.S. cities distributed blankets and street survival kits to the homeless. To date JeffMajors efforts have reached more than 100,000 in the in-need community.
Since 1998, JeffMajors has led music appreciation workshops in school systems throughout the United States and West Africa. His programs have touched middle and high school students, and drawn attention from teachers and curriculum leads. He is regularly invited to teach workshops at universities.
His success in classrooms led to JeffMajors developing a series of music therapy programs at correctional facilities. In 2014 JeffMajors partnered with the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) in Washington, D.C., to work with young men, ages 18-25 in their young adult initiative program.
Using a combination of group singing, creative writing, composing and music history the program has proved effective in teaching inmates life skills that helped as they transition toward leading productive lives. Over 200 inmates in correctional facilities completing the program have been successful in sustaining employment following their incarceration.
Awards and Recognition include:
- 2000: nominated for a 2000 Stellar Award for Sacred
- 2000: Special recognition from President Bill Clinton following a musical performance at the White House
- 2002: Outstanding Gospel Instrumentalist Award at the first Gospel Truth Magazine Music Awards.
- 2008: Stellar Award nomination is for “Instrumental CD of the Year.”
- 2010: Trumpet Award
- 2012: Dr. Dorothy I. Height Civil Medal of Recognition
- 2013: Mary McCloud Bethune Gold medal
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